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
It is the best run of the grocery stores. They made an acquisition to get into delivery in the downtown core. Nice dividend yield and you can sleep at night. (Bruce Murray)
It's been sideways since 2015. Trades at under 11x enterprise value over EBITDA in line with 10-year averages. They've done vs. TSX since mid-October. Investors have shifted from cyclical into consumer staples like L-T. There's a lot of competition ahead with cost challenges while minimum wage moves higher. 60% of their goods are from the…
He was very impressed by what they are doing when he met with them last week. They bought Farm Boy recently. They are looking carefully at their online strategy. They ran into problems with Safeway but have now turned around same store sales with it. The easy turnaround has been done and from here it…
Third largest holding. They have a 45% market share. They deliver proportioned meals to your door. There is zero wastage. It reduces your carbon footprint. All the packaging is recyclable. Margins are much healthier. They are growing quickly and the stocks is reasonably priced. (Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA)
Deals in staples with inelastic demand, running stores in Alaska and remote northern Canada and isolated parts of the South Pacific and Caribbean selling food and general merchandise. These areas are so remote that there is no competition from e-commerce. These are natural monopolies, so NWC enjoys higher margins than a grocer. They're rebuilding their…
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Target vs. Walmart Walmart: they're growing their online presence much faster than Target's, plus they have size. Target's online has stumbled and is not yet there. Walmart has both stores and online, and growing both faster. (Zachary Curry )
A great business model driven by memberships which mostly makes up their $3 billion net profit. A very good company. But it trades at 27x earnings, which has always puzzled him--why so high? This makes COST risky. So, any misstep can be costly. (Gordon Reid)
Great growth by acquisition story for decades. Stumbled a bit in the last year and a half, nothing serious. Earnings flatlined. You'll see acceleration again. Competitors have reported good earnings on gasoline. Expecting a good number, and you'll see the multiple increase. Still $10 left in this stock. (Veronika Hirsch)