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.
A solid company with a good balance sheet and nice yield. There is a modest opportunity for upside. Since 2012 they have traded between 2.5 and 3.5 times book, with a downward basis trend. The share price is unchanged in ten years and has added no value to investors in that time. He calls these…
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.
Lassonde buying 19% of the company was recent good news. However, the market cap is only $26 million (too small for him), there remains some debt, and the growth rate hasn't been spectacular. There isn't much trading here, which doesn't help. As a rule, he doesn't invest in companies this small. This will likely bounce…
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.
One of his core holdings. They are continuing to grow their margins. It is trading at a huge discount to other alcohol companies. (Analysts’ price target is $17.00)
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.
People are probably drinking a little more than they otherwise would. He was negative before COVID-19 because all their growth was by tuck-in acquisitions. Cannabis has unrealistic expectations.
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.
Constellation has the fastest-growing beers on the markets, even though bars are limited or closed during Covid. The consumer sales are larger than bar sales, though. They report Thursday. The spiked seltzer market is doing well. That said, all their accomplishments aren't pushing the stock up much. Re: their investment in Canopy Growth--the whole cannabis…