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 has benefited as their stores were deemed essential services. Traffic has increased in the past year. It is trading at a reasonable multiple, but she feels they are limited in geographical scope.
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.
Good name in the TSX. One of the better growth names. 15% growth rate going forward. 24x forward PE. He's not into consumer staples at this point, favours cyclicals.
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.
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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.
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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 a small position. It is similar to AAPL-Q. They are dominant in many of the areas in which they operate. It is not a cheap stock. But he would not bet against them.
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.
E-commerce will continue to be a trend this year with Covid; it's here to stay. This will be the year of Walmart and Costco, both of which were crushed today, but that means a buying opportunity.
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.
Revenue growth will continue to be strong. Will benefit from more and more digital advertising. If he had to choose this or Facebook, he'd choose FB, but it's close.
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.
Despite having an amazing run, Sony is undervalued as is the entire Japanese market. A definite buy.
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 trades in the mid-30s, an historically high PE for them, but MSFT is very well-managed. The CEO has really turned the ship around from software to the cloud. Fine operations. They just invested in GM's Cruise division of self-driving cars, so this is exciting (he owns GM). He has nothing but admiration for MSFT.
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.
Attractive entry point. Likes exposure to semis and consumer electronics. A world class business at a discounted price. Dividend has grown at 27% for the last 10 years. Asia is oversold, and so is best positioned for a post-Covid recovery. Yield is 2.41%. (Analysts’ price target is $1571.10)