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.
It had a very good run and had a bit of a dip here. The worst for Canada has been seen from an energy price perspective. The retail area is economically sensitive and hot hit.
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 Top Pick Mar 11/19, Up 16%) He'd continue to hold it. Thinks it will get back to the recent highs.
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.
Threatened by online shopping? He likes it, because it dominates grocers in Canada with good real estate. It's a little vulnerable to online shopping, but grocers like Loblaw won't be affected much. Also, Loblaw has click-and-collect e-shopping where a customer orders groceries online then picks them up. He expects double-digit earnings growth after Loblaw absorbs…
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.
His model price is $39.73, a negative 25% differential. Cereal companies always trade above his model price.
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.
Q1 revenue was up 19% year over year, and he models 35% EPS growth. It's multiple is high now at 47x, but but will 26x in 2021. In the next 2-3 years, this continues to go well. Buy this when others fear it.
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.
As a long-term hold? A great company that keeps producing results. Trades at a high multiple in the retail space. If you own a lot of this in your portfolio, say over 10%, then take some money off the table.
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.
One of the largest companies in the world, but there is a political head wind they are facing. Longer term, he believes the ad revenues will grow and this is a world leader in the space. He would look for a pull back to enter into a new holding.
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.
One of the world's giants in consumer electronics. Very fine company. Starting to see the old stodgy management change. There's an American who's running it now.
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.
MSFT vs. Amazon No, they don't compete with each other. Amazon is the best cloud host, but not for small/medium-sized businesses. Instead, MSFT fills this gap very well, at they collect recurring revenue doing this, like a utility. This stabilizes their margins and increases MSFT's growth.
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.
(Samsung on the Korean Exchange) Great company. Generates a significant amount of free cash flow that they can reinvest in innovations where they are a leader. The leader in the Android device format. Also, have a semiconductor side of their business, which has been doing okay but it looks like it is ready to ramp…