DailyHive recently published a report about Canada’s most admired companies. The results are from the 2019 Corporate Reputation Study conducted by research firm Leger and intended to to see which brands Canadian consumers admired.
Favorite companies are usually growing and interesting investment options. Most of these companies are publicly traded on the TSX, the NASDAQ or the NYSE. Discover the companies most admired by Canadians with expert opinions on the stock :
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd (CTC-T)
A great Canadian retail stock. They have integrated well their acquisitions of Mark’s and SportsCheck and are a leader in the sports business in Canada. Their balance sheet is healthy and they have raised dividends. Seasonally, their period is from January to mid-April.
The company trades at 12 times earnings, but despite the reasonable metrics, she does not own a lot in the retail brick and mortar space in Canada. The online competition is fierce. She does not see strong growth prospects here. (Christine Poole)
Dollarama Inc. (DOL-T)
A strong cash flow generator. They are a growth company that are still adding stores. They got hit in the December correction and have been going sideways but this could be a good investment in the long-term.
A safe, defensive investment. They have 1,100 stores, so they're by far the leader in Canada which is less competitive than the US. The share price is down a lot, but is trading at 19X earnings now instead of the previous 30x. They could buy Dollar City in Latin America (an option for them in…
Loblaw Companies Ltd (L-T)
A defensive name you want to have in case of a recession. Their acquisition of Shoppers was a success and has been seen positively by investors.Consumer stocks are becoming more popular as investors adopt a more defensive strategy.
Is George Weston a better investment? Weston is a beneficiary owner of Loblaw (50%). He prefers Loblaw. They have some difficulties in terms of increased minimum wage, food inflation and the uncertainty with trade with the US. Many of their goods are imported. They are focusing on the digital side now. They are trying to…
Another defensive name. They produce cereal and snacks that are very popular with Canadians. They pay a nice dividend. They purchased Pringles a couple of years ago, and are trying to diversify their offerings.
They took over Pringles last year. This whole space has been extremely challenged. They struggle to grow and particularly in the cereal space. They are having trouble because people's' preferences have changed. There are higher raw materials costs. We are moving away from snacks as well as cereals. Some of these tried to attract investors…
The most popular e-commerce store. They have activities in retail, cloud services and is well diversified, touching many sectors. They are growing their cloud services. Investors are looking at it closely as their valuation has been coming down, and they are still bullish on e-commerce.
They have a great money making machine of Amazon web services. They spread that money to other businesses. Not expensive with a PEG ratio of 1.78. (Analysts’ price target is $2125.38) (Kim Bolton)
Costco Wholesale (COST-Q)
They have a great balance sheet and keep producing great results. They are driven by memberships. The valuation is a little high so we would buy on weakness. Many analysts think that Costco is resistant to Amazon although they need to bulk up their online presence.
Safe place to be. Constantly produces high single digit growth. Good balance sheet. They treat their employees well and that counts in the long term. They haven't been Amazoned yet. (Chris Stuchberry)
Alphabet Inc. / Google (GOOG-Q)
Much of the internet is accessed using Google by Canadians. In addition, google home devices have penetrated many households as the smart device of choice. Combined with their android operating system, Google/Alphabet is used by most Canadians on a daily basis.
Big data alone will represent 30% of all data stored in data centers and Google is the leader here. Decently price with a PEG ratio of 1.61. They have great non-advertising revenues streams. A gem. 5.5% position in their portfolio. (Analysts’ price target is $1368.82) (Kim Bolton)
Sony Corp. ADR (SNE-N)
Their activities include technology, games and movies. The most important products are the PlayStation consoles, cameras and their entertainment segment. There are some people who are very bullish on their content department.
This is not only a technology company. Much of its earnings are coming from games and movies. Both those areas are very difficult to predict. He sees better value elsewhere. (Lorne Steinberg)
A driver of the online world.They have a solid balance sheet and are performing well. They are moving towards becoming a software service company. Microsoft also enjoys a healthy installed base with high recurring revenue with low cost. They pay a nice dividend that will grow.
Haven't owned it since 2001. A little overpriced. Still a medium-risk stock. (Mike S. Newton, CIM FCSI)
Samsung Electronics (005930-KRX)
Canadians love their phones and they’re one of the largest smartphone manufacturer and a huge producer of smartphone components. They generate great cash-flow and pays a nice dividend for an Asian company. Around 50% of their revenue comes from phones and chips.
(A Top Pick May 31/17. Up 3.92%.) She still likes this. It hasn’t done much in the last quarter even though their earnings season was very, very strong. (Christine Tan)