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
This typically does really well from April to July, but once you get into July, it tends to move lower. We are now past the period of seasonal strength. Stay away from this for now. There are other opportunities.
Threatened by online shopping? He likes it, because it dominates grocers in Canada with good real estate. It's a little vulnerable to online shopping, but grocers like Loblaw won't be affected much. Also, Loblaw has click-and-collect e-shopping where a customer orders groceries online then picks them up. He expects double-digit earnings growth after Loblaw absorbs…
A year ago they went through a restructuring and then a big acquisition in Safeway. They were left with a banner that had few discount brands in Western Canada, then tinkered with their loyalty program and that upset consumers. Last quarter the results were not liked. He used to have it but now prefers WN-T…
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…
It is one of the oldest companies in Canada. It is a no growth situation. There are far more interesting names to own in the food distribution space.
These companies are a threat:
The street loved this stock today with the best earnings reported in about 9 years. The fundamentals are still good for this stock. They dominate groceries in the US. However, Amazon may pose somewhat of a risk. He thinks there is room to go up a little more.
As a long-term hold? A great company that keeps producing results. Trades at a high multiple in the retail space. If you own a lot of this in your portfolio, say over 10%, then take some money off the table.
The gas stations and convenience stores have been under pressure by the environmental groups. Although electric vehicles are coming, it is a very small fleet and will remain small for quite some time. He would continue to hold.