Founders have a vision, and those who are successful create an empire. Some of these companies, though established now, still have them as CEO. Many online platforms come to mind, such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, or Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. But there are other companies that are still led by their founder.
Canada has its fair share of entrepreneurs turned successful businessman. Another Canadian unicorn is Shopify, who has become a global leader in e-commerce. There’s also the family-run giants such as Couchetard, Dollarama and Saputo who’s founders still weighs heavily in decisions.
Here are the top companies still run by founders:
Shopify Inc. (SHOP-T)
A Canadian unicorn that’s grown to be the e-commerce leader. They provide a software platform for online commerce and retail POS systems. The have recently reported a sales growth of 45%, and it’s sure to keep growing as e-commerce spreads.
A hard one to call. Based on valuation it is at nose bleed levels; however, they are still growing the business and are one of the biggest employers of tech in Canada. It is hard to see a huge plunge for them. They should be able to continue the momentum.
Evertz Technologies Ltd. (ET-T)
An electronic systems manufacturer based in Canada. Their technology is used for broadcasting and in the film industry. They pay a good dividend and are forecasting a 10% increase in earnings. Management is very good and they are a leader in the sector.
He would continue to hold this and he likes the management team, which owns a lot of the stock. Although the share price has not done much, they have paid a lot of special dividends. Broadcasting is a tough industry, but he thinks they will continue to do well.
The company that is synonymous with social media. They’ve had some scandals, but the technology is hear to stay. They also own Instagram and WhatsApp. They are huge in digital marketing and advertising. Instagram is being touted as the next big thing for e-commerce as users are increasing using it to find items.
$195 is the first line he'd like at--will FB stay above it? $170 is the next line. If this goes sideways at $195, then enter it. The other level is $160, so if it falls below that, then sell.
Twitter, Inc (TWTR-N)
The micro-blogging platform that is great for aggregating news and quick communication. Many experts say that the company is here to stay, but they need to update their monetization strategy. If they can figure out the advertising, this could be a good play on social media. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of twitter, is also the founder of Square (SQ-N), a mobile payment platform.
A takeover target by a big tech company? There has been talk on the street, but can't say if that's valid or not. No names given of who would take over.
Netflix Inc. (NFLX-Q)
The online, on-demand content streaming service. They’ve moved into production of their own content, which has reaped big benefits. They are facing fierce competition with Amazon, Google and Disney but the company’s cash flow is improving. Their Q4 earnings were very strong, with 27% increase in revenue in the year.
(A Top Pick Oct 02/19, Up 45%) There's room to own both this and Disney, which has worked out well for him. The quality of content on both streamers is phenomenal and they're global.
GoPro Inc (GPRO-Q)
The company that created the GoPro action cameras. They shuttered their drone department to focus on video editing and their camera department. Their earnings have been having some problems, and a closer review is required of their product market as well.
(A Top Pick Jan 25/16. Down 1.98%.) *Short*. Shorted this because we were having momentum to the downside in the market. Also, this had a high valuation.
Nvidia Corp (NVDA-Q)
One of the biggest names in graphics processing units. They reached their high of $270, and they’re trading at $184.28 as of writing. Experts are expecting a move up soon. The stock price took a hit after missing on earnings. Since they are a chip maker, they coincide with the semiconductor market and tech sector.
A GPU manufacturer. He struggles with their valuation metrics. They have good tailwinds and there will be more investment in data centres, machine learning and AI. They have exposure in gaming as well, where e-sports are growing.
Square Inc (SQ-N)
A mobile payment platform and merchant services aggregator. Their organic revenue growth is 53% year over year and they’re a leader in the space. The company is growing, with lots of potential still. The company’s founder and CEO is also the founder and CEO of Twitter.
Their software lets retailers take payments, manager inventory and now for consumers a cash app including peer-to-peer transfers. SQ is pricey, but boasts 25% revenue growth--doing well in developing software. Trades at 14x current revenue. If they can execute on their cash app, SQ can move higher. But he prefers Mastercard in the US payments…
Paycom Software Inc (PAYC-N)
An online payroll and HR technology provider. They also provide data analytics. They’ve had a good track record of beating earnings. However, they are trading at 30-40 PE and is not cheap.
Paycheque companies are doing well. PAYC does payroll services. PAYC is okay and has pulled back. You can buy it.
The company that is a giant in the information technology sector. They’ve transitioned from selling physical items to software as a service. We featured this on our “the Top 17 Enterprise Software Stocks”, stock list. They pay a nice dividend, and their subscription base means good recurring revenue with high margins.
Likes it, but is waiting for more a pullback, trading below 26x earnings. He'd buy at 24-25x. MSFT spins a ton of cash flow, and buysback shares. It's a great company. Definitely buy when it dips more. (MSFT just announced after hours today an earnings warning due to the coronavirus.)
Alphabet Inc (C) (GOOG-Q)
The conglomerate created by Google. A good stock to hold long-term. They’re facing their own scandal in the EU with anti-trust concerns but the fundamentals are great, and they dominate the cloud space.
There are always rumours about GOOG-Q acquiring TESLA. Don't buy GOOG-Q for this. Buy it for their expertise. There is a lot of money sloshing around in the market. There is nothing technically wrong with Google but he would not buy it because it is not seasonally strong.
Dollarama Inc. (DOL-T)
The Chairman, Larry Rossy, who led the family run Quebec-based dollar store to an internationally recognized brand stepped down from the company in June 2018. However, he still holds majority stakes in the company and remains the executive chairman. The company is still in the family, being headed by Neil Rossy.
He likes DOL. When compared to other similar stores, they are in the top tier of the key metrics. A small price increase goes directly to the profitability as prices are generally pretty low. He thinks this makes for good growth opportunities long term. At 19 times earnings it is not outside of their historical…
Saputo Inc. (SAP-T)
Lino Saputo, the founder of the company, remains the executive chairman of the global cheese manufacturer. The company grows primarily from mergers and acquisitions. They are a leader in their space and are the biggest producer in many countries.
Trades in a tight band of consolidation around $40. It's a defensive stock. Wait till summertime seasonality when it may do well. Wait till $42 before considering it; it could breakout above that level.
Alimentation Couche-Tard (B) (ATD.B-T)
The fabled Canadian convenience store is still run by the founder and chairman Alain Bouchard. They continually add value for investors, and are growing through acquisitions. They are also a major distributor of gas and their integration of acquired service stations have been going well. They were largely spared from the pull-back last December, and are hitting their 52-week high.
A successful previous Top Pick. A big company with a 22% ROE and a $52 billion marketcap. Yield 0.55% (Analysts’ price target is $48.54)
The most popular e-commerce and cloud computing company. Their cloud business continues to grow and everyone has shopped on them before. One thing to note, Amazon’s PE is quite high.
AMZN vs. MSFT Prefers Microsoft, and can justify the valuation at these levels, but wait for a pullback of 5-10% to buy. MSFT has a very strong balance sheet and net cash position. It's transitioning to a subscription model. Cloud business is growing well. For 1-2 year horizon, MSFT will continue to do well.
Boston Beer (SAM-N)
A leading brewer of beer. They’ve won more than 500 awards, and they have a huge market share on the craft beer sector. They recently jumped following a SmarTrend’s Buy recommendation.
She likes the beverage sector. We maybe missed this opportunity. It has gone down so much, but it is still 25 times earnings. She likes it cheaper. Buy at $100 a share. It is too rich to be taken out.
Under Armour (UA-N)
The apparel company that’s most recognized by their sports line. Their stocks stumbled in 2017 and is now recovering slowly.
(Past Top Pick, May 10, 2018, Up 20%) Volumes are rising, the stock is coming alive and there's plenty of room for this stock to regroup. Those who have owned this since it's drop of the past few years will hold on now that it's starting to climb again, so they can get their money…
Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA-Q)
The leader in electric vehicles and clean energy. They are getting rid of their stores and cars will be purchased online. A lot of people believe in Elon Musk and he’s delivered quite consistently. This could have some volatility, but in the long-term, it is a great name.
Buy it at $917? Really? Long-term, this is a good stock. But buy it at today's price? No. You can dabble in it, but he won't buy it now.
Canopy Growth Corp. (WEED-T)
Bruce Linton leads the first cannabis producing company in North America to go public. They’re also the first cannabis producer that’s listed on the NYSE.The company has market support for capital, that has raised over $6 billion , with Constellation Brands taking a major stake in the company.
They each have their own strengths. He would pick Canopy (WEED-T) because they are the 800 lb gorilla. Aurora has lots of news about balance sheet challenges but they have low costs that he thinks will still come down further.
📦 Courier Services
An American multinational courier delivery company. They’ve pulled back quite a bit after they reduced their expectations for 2019. It’s been affected by macro events and the tariffs war. It is a quality name, with a buying opportunity.
Consumers are demanding cheap, instant delivery. They have $70 billion of sales, 150,000 ground vehicles and 650 aircraft. They lead in this area. Sure, they compete with Amazon, but FedEx is able to grow over their ground delivery in the next 3-4 years by 100%. They will get out of the penalty and the market…