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.
Choice REIT and relationship with Loblaw A year ago, Loblaw spun their real estate into a REIT, because real estate assets garners higher valuations than grocery stores to allow investors to buy the grocery side alone or the real estate that underlines the grocery stores. Canadian Tire did the same thing. He owns no grocers;…
This has rebounded quite nicely off the low, and are showing signs that the turnaround is working. Whether to buy it today is a very tricky decision. He doesn’t think you can understate the impact of the on-line threat. They are dealing with razor thin margins, so what happens when they start shipping out their…
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.
Doesn't like retail, because where's the advantage coming from? But it would be better than a Nordstrom, for example. What price do you want to pay based on its valuation? What kind of growth are you going to get?
Circle-K is their brand. They are linked to convenience stores and gasoline sales. There has been consolidation in the gasoline retailer space and margins in the space have been great. He would continue to hold.