Top 10 Favourite Canadian Companies – Where We Like to Shop (2019)
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 is an amazing stock. Historically it has peaked 3 times at 2 1/2 X Book and then falls. It is back up to its peak again so time to sell.
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.
Recent increase in share price is a cause for concern (lots of room for downside). Concerned about margins on products with inflation & supply chain issues. Does not own shares in company. Would sell shares.
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.
(A Top Pick Apr 08/21, Up 68%) A pandemic stock. Spectacular numbers, strong underlying margins. A leader, despite upcoming cost pressures. Trades at a discount to MRU. Still likes it, but ran its course for him. Cost inflation helps them. Shoppers has done well.
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.
He doesn't own food stocks. People are eating healthier, and their cereals are considered to have lots of sugar. Also, getting shelf space has gotten easier because of internet marketing, so there's more competitions from newer, smaller brands.
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.
He has owned this. You're buying this for its 5-10-year growth. Their retail business is getting more profitable though at a 3% margin; their cloud business is #1 at a 70% margin; and they're increasing advertising which has a 40-50% margin. Amazon Prime continues to grow and could raise prices. Can't say you will make…
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.
Has picked it before. They boast $225 billion revenues are expected in the US this year; they continue to build that revenue, despite the pandemic. They enjoy strong loyalty; 92% membership renewal rate. Efficient, clean stores encourage high store traffic. They sell a concentrated number of items vs. other retailers. Customers are higher-income. This offers…
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.
Prefers the L stock (no votes). Shares are off 22%. Revenue growth has slowed. Has $100 billion in free cash flow. They continue to dominate web search. They own Androids, which is half the phone market. They are #3 in cloud computing. He expects GOOG to return to previous highs in 18 months. (Analysts’ price…
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.
Q4 results topped expectations. Spiderman game and PlayStation doing well. Market leader in gaming consoles, 64% market share. 44% market share of sensors. Lots of horses in stable. 12-month average price target is $130. Yield is 0.60%. (Analysts’ price target is $145.56)
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.
It has sold off with the market and is down 27-28% year-to-date. As a tech company it is more infra-structure and service focused than advertising like Google and Facebook. It is already embedded in millions of companies around the world and allows migration to the cloud.
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 Sep 24/20, Up 36%) Great company. Secure holding. Expects to own for a number of years. Shouldn't go down too much here. Reasonable value longer term. Buying for new clients.