Grocery stocks are great consumer staple stocks that are defensive in times of volatility, such as what we have seen in the past months. Metro has been hitting its 52-week high, as seen on our high list.
Big box stores such as Costco and Walmart are threatening the growth of grocery stores, as they create super centres that offer much more than just groceries and can sometimes offer better value. These companies are ramping up their grocery section and are looking into online as well. The minimum wage situation could also affect grocery stores negatively, since they run on pretty tight margins. Competition could cut revenues and leave grocery stores vulnerable. However, people have to eat and grocery stores aren’t going anywhere so this might be a good place to hide during stock market storms.
Couche-Tard, who’s weathered the sell-off, is growing its business and might threaten the classic grocery store with its convenience and availability. As a company that continually adds value to stockholders, this could be a good alternative buy.
Canadian groceries y drugstores
There are two equal and offsetting forces. They just made a large acquisition, taking them off their main strategy. It looks like it will be accretive. He likes the deal. The offsetting headwind is the incursion of AMZN-Q into grocery. He thinks this is overdone. Whole foods does not have that big a presence in…
He fears that the grocery sector will get disrupted. Not optimistic. Loblaw has spent so much on beautifying their stores, but failed to earn a sales increase from consumers. Meanwhile, people are buying food online with the Amazon-Whole Foods deal.
A turnaround story. Groceries is a tough business. Sobey's has new management and more centralized control, along with cost cutting. (Analysts' price target is $28.)
They have about 40% of the market. They disclosed there are up to 31k subscribers. They just went public in June. They are full of cash and now increasing their distribution facility in Montreal 10 fold. They will open a facility out west next year. It would make sense for a large grocer to acquire…
This has the double whammy that it is consumer, which is out of favour a little, but this came down too much, and it is also basically a yield play. Over time, it has done relatively well, but there has been some profit taking. It has a near monopoly up north where its stores are.…
These companies are a threat:
Making inroads against Amazon. Good earnings, recent acquisition is working. Current pullback is indicative of the market overall. Positive time of year for them. As online becomes a bigger component of sales, that will be reflected in the valuation. A defensive name, a stable investment, so it would go down less in a down market.
One of the few retailers battling against Amazon, due to their loyal customers. They make all their money on memberships -- making only 17% margin on products sold. He likes their business model and expects them to do well even during a prolonged Chinese trade war.
It is a Canadian success story. If you look at the returns, it has been very solid. They borrow, buy, pay off the debt and then away they go. It is positioned for the next decade when electrification comes in. The model still works. It is so well managed – that is the key. (Analysts’…