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.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Canadian Tire boasts a wide range of household goods at decent prices, but consumers will have much more choice in buying that patio set or baseball glove. True, last summer’s partial reopenings didn’t dent the stock price, but the Tire’s website still sucks. Price to cash flow is inline with its…
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 Jun 11/20, Up 13%) He sold. Still likes the company, but he had better ideas in the near-term. Windfall last year, as it was an essential retailer. This year, comparisons will lag and some aisles are off-limits as non-essential.
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.
Strong point is ownership of Shoppers. Way cheaper for healthcare to deliver vaccines through pharmacies. Supply chain and IT issues fixed. A tough space. A growth market due to immigration. Not cheap, but opportunities for growing earnings and dividends.
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.
He was concerned about Bezos going into space next month, but assumes they have taken deep precautions. Very bullish Amazon and it's a key holding. They're moving into value-added services, therefore good upside. Anti-trust concerns will overhang all the FAANGs. But it's tough to pick up a single share for a retail investor.
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.
Continue to hold it. One of those long-term, secular success stories. Great business model. Revenue stream hinges on adding new stores in a controlled and disciplined manner, which brings in new memberships. Huge cashflow generator, exceptional management. Can continue to build out in NA and globally.
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 great companies in the world. Unbelievable ability to grow earnings and revenues in spite of being big. Because it has kept the growth rate up, it is not terribly expensive at these prices. Reasonably priced for growth. 28% ROE. 30x PE, it looks expensive but the other metrics makes it reasonable. Still…
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.
He doesn't know it well. Their ROE has been good for the last three years, but negative during 2009-2015 (doesn't know why--management change, product issue?). Point is, ROE is inconsistent and that's a dealbreaker for him.
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 is one of her larger positions. It is going to continue to be a very solid investment. They are continuing to build their businesses that have a big competitive moat around them. She thinks this a pretty good entry point for a very high quality company.
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.
Intel has been a mixed story. Lost its sheen. They've massively underperformed. Business is solid, but it may be dead money. He'd pass. Instead, look at Samsung, which has a ton of semiconductor exposure, a good suite of products, and an accessible valuation.