Top Companies Still Run By Founders
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.
Depending on the type of investor you are, it could be good. For growth investors, it is a good choice. If you are a value investor, it is more difficult to own. Hard to buy on a valuation basis. No matter how fast it grows, the multiple is much ahead.
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.
Price target of $15, so not much room left. SaaS in the film industry, which has had a difficult time. He'd sell a third. If it goes up, that's OK. If it goes down, at least you sold a third.
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.
They report Wednesday. He expects them to talk about small business (FB sells a lot of ads to them) especially. He expects a fine quarter because online advertising is so strong.
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.
In advertising on a social media platform, she'd rather be in Facebook, despite the regulatory threats. Also, Twitter had a weak previous quarter.
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.
It's a terrific business, though the stock slipped after yesterday's earnings. They're buying back shares, but he doesn't care--he'd rather see more sign-ups. Nor does he care about them entering mobile games at no extra charge. It lacks growth to remain in FAAANG. He wants the Netflix of old. He wants to see their production…
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 Top Pick Mar 11/21, Up 37%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with NVDA is progressing well and is doing a 4:1 stock split. We are recommending trailing the stop up to $170. If triggered this would all but guarantee a minimum investment return of 24%.
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.
Another champion of small businesses like SHOP and Etsy. Their POS system allows small businesspeople to borrow against the receipts. The stock is up 2,500% in the past 5 years.
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.
They report Tuesday. The stock could trend lower, actually, because expectations are so high and could be catching up to them. Normally, the street underestimates MSFT.
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.
They report Tuesday. He expects amazing numbers given Twitter and Snap's blow-out reports last night. GOOG has a booming ad business, YouTube is gangbusters and their cloud division is hitting.
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.
(A Top Pick Jun 11/20, Up 13%) He sold. Still likes the company, but he had better ideas in the near-term. Windfall last year, as it was an essential retailer. This year, comparisons will lag and some aisles are off-limits as non-essential.
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.
They've been pulling back since winter 2017, though shares have recovered well off the $30 low, now hitting resistance. This used to be a steady grower through acquisitions, but are now struggling to find new companies to buy. A bigger problem is that the acquisitions of the past 10 years are diluting company value. This…
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 few years ago, he though the PE was stretched, but is better now and he's taking a close look at it. It suddenly jumped from $44 to $49. Very well-managed. They were put in the penalty box when they tried to buy Carrefour. They're planning to add fresher food in their stores. It's an…
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.
They report Thursday. He expects big numbers in their high-margin ad business as well as retail and cloud businesses.
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.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly SAM is a US based beer company best known under the Samuel Adams brand. They have been expanding their product offering into new seltzer products that are driving up earnings. It trades at 51x earnings above peers at 46x, however, with EPS expected by analysts to grow annually at over…
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.
Next week is the most important week of earnings season. After hitting new highs this week, there's no room for error. Wait till their conference call and not just look at their headline numbers. Listen to hear how Berlin's doing, the pick-up truck outlook and about the Chinese government. Tesla is well off its highs.…
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.
(A Top Pick Dec 09/19, Up 30%) Still likes this long-term, but he's now focused on U.S. weed names. He prefers other names.
📦 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.
They're in a fantastic position, but maybe they can't maintain their momentum. When UPS spoke recently, their shares got crushed. He thinks they can achieve rich profit margins and growth. They have the edge of UPS, though UPS' price is better.