Wine is becoming more popular among the younger generation, and millennials are consuming more wine than other generations. There are not many wine or distillery companies that trade publicly, although the increased demand could have strong benefits to the sector. Furthermore, many analysts believe that cannabis is likely to eat into beer sales. However, legalized weed should not hit wine or spirit sales.
Alcohol companies in general are considered defensive in times of economic slow-down, as consumers will still buy alcohol in recessions. The industry also just went through consolidation last year, where smaller players were acquired and there were some mergers. Now, in 2019, many publicly traded distillery and winery companies are regaining their footing.
Here are 6 distiller and winery stocks to buy in 2019:
🍷 Distillers & Wineries
Corby Spirit and Wine (A) (CSW.A-T)
A alcohol manufacturing company that is based in Ontario. They paid out a special dividend at the end of 2018. They generate a high cash flow and some expect Corby Spirit and Wine to get into the cannabis space.
He owned the stock at one point. It is a cash cow. It is mostly a marketing company. The question has always been if the parent will privatize the company. They pay a good dividend but there is very little growth. Hang on if you are in it for the long term.
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. (DWS-X)
A leader in alcohol sold in grocery stores in Ontario. They had some problems and had to re-list their products at the LCBO, but this process is now complete. They acquired a vineyard last year and doubled their retail store capacity there.
He is not sure the company will stay public. A fruit juice company (LAS.A-T) has a 20% stake and could acquire it in 20-3 years for a much higher price.
Andrew Peller (ADW.A-T)
The second biggest wine company in Canada. Sales in grocery stores are a big prospect for them where grocery stores are being encouraged to carry wine. They have a strong management team and investors should start seeing benefits of investing in brands.
(A Top Pick Nov 18/18, Down 8%) They made acquisitions and markets got ahead of themselves. Now things have settled down. It is a nice stable company and the dividends should increase over time. Stay with it.
Diageo PLC (DEO-N)
The world’s larest alcoholic beverage company. A very well run company with strong brands. The U.S. is their most successful market. They are generating a lot of free cash flow. More of a dividend play.
Fine company and well known. It is a source of funds when the economy is improving. It is a cyclical market so it is not timely. It is a defensive company but this is not the time to be defensive.
One of the largest American spirits and wine company. Their brands include Jack Daniels and Finlandia. They have shown consistent results and have been chronically undervalued.
(Top Pick May 18/17, Down 8.22%) It was interesting at the time. There was speculation they would be bought out. He bought it because he liked the company regardless. The stock came back down to normal. He would not buy it because of speculation it would be bought out. He would not change his mind…
Constellation Brands Inc (STZ-N)
A multinational alcohol producer that has major stakes in WEED-T. They are valued fairly and is an excellent defensive stock in consumer staples. They have stable income from a wide range of alcohol brands under them, including Corona.
Their investment into Canopy Growth will likely result in write downs. They are pretty expensive on the valuations as well -- 19 times EBITDA and 21 times PE. This is a short for them presently.