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.
Dollar General vs. Dollarama The dollar stores are a good ivnestment when the economy stores. American dollar stores are priced at a discount to Canadian ones. December's pullback was a good opportunity to buy, and she would be on a future pullback. Dollarama's same-stores growth has slowed and has always traded at a premium to…
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.
Choice REIT and relationship with Loblaw A year ago, Loblaw spun their real estate into a REIT, because real estate assets garners higher valuations than grocery stores to allow investors to buy the grocery side alone or the real estate that underlines the grocery stores. Canadian Tire did the same thing. He owns no grocers;…
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.
Amazon vs. Disney. Both in streaming. Both have long-term growth potential. Revenues are growing above average. Seasonally, high-growth technical names can do well in the summer. So this tells you that, as a tie-breaker, Amazon is better for the summer.
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.
Doesn't like retail, because where's the advantage coming from? But it would be better than a Nordstrom, for example. What price do you want to pay based on its valuation? What kind of growth are you going to get?
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.
It is a fine company. It is on his watch list. He does not own it because of his concern with regulatory issues. They have so much share of search that it attracts the attention of regulators. He anticipates the separation of YouTube from Google Search and that would not be good. Wait for some…
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.
(A Top Pick May 09/18, Up 32%) They are a leading in the Cloud and the their membership sales are strong. Software is now a service.
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.
(Korean Exchange.) Samsung. What you are doing is buying continuing expectations of further growth. This is a little bit challenging. Also which Samsung are you buying? You have chips, televisions, shipyards. This one is electronics. Chips area is going to have some challenges. Had a big fight with Apple (AAPL-Q) and their chips will most…