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.
Iconic Canadian brand but operating in a very competitive space. Most products are AMZN-Q'able. They have the credit card business which brings in 25% of their earnings but it is essentially sub-prime lending. Loan losses are skyrocketing at a time when bankrupsies are skyrocketing. It is not timely from this perspective. They have been buying…
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.
It looks attractive at current prices. It is a growth stock and a leader in the dollar store space. Same store sales growth is showing a re-acceleration back up to 5%. Gross margins were hit by the cost of opening another logistics center in Montreal.
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.
vs. Maple Leaf Foods MLF has exposure to commodity prices so it is a little cyclical. Loblaw offers slow growth but stable. MFI is probably getting hit by the coronavirus, but investing in plant-based protein which is promising. He wants to see MLF this plays out before investing.
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.
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.
AMZN vs. MSFT Prefers Microsoft, and can justify the valuation at these levels, but wait for a pullback of 5-10% to buy. MSFT has a very strong balance sheet and net cash position. It's transitioning to a subscription model. Cloud business is growing well. For 1-2 year horizon, MSFT will continue to do well.
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.
Consumer spending is holding up. A fantastic chart. Their membership format has built up customer loyalty. Lots of room to expand. Good support around $300. When it bases like this, it lets him hang his hat--good. (Analysts’ price target is $308.24)
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.
(A Top Pick Feb 13/19, Up 34%) Get their money through online advertising, which is growing. Lots of cash on balance sheet. Valuation high right now, so wait for a pullback.
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.
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 Jan 22/19, Up 77%) It is the darling in technology. He still owns it. He thanks having a market hedge for giving him the courage to continue to hold -- otherwise he would have been taking profit. Their revenue growth was 66% last year and their guidance is always a little conservative.…
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.
He bought it earlier this year and now wants to get out of it. Like Apple, this is so huge, it's better to buy one of the parts of this conglomerate. Because conglomerates like Apple and Samsung are so big, it's used as a pawn in these trade wars. So, buy a semis stock, for…