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.
It has been going up after consolidating in late-2018. Since then, it's broken to new all-time highs. He likes this chart--fantastic. Now, it's consolidating after a rally. From here, it can go either way, but he expects it to break to the upside in May-June. (Javed Mirza)
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.
It has an April year-end. They are forecasting a 10% lift in earnings. It is extremely in demand. They payout chunky dividends about once a year. He prefers others. (Robert McWhirter)
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.
From what he hears from his kids, he thinks users will move away from Facebook, like Snapchat. Data concerns will be a negative. (Jaime Carrasco)
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.
We have some resistance where we are now ($36). If it gets through it will move quickly. (Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI)
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.
They took a bit of a hit as DIS-N comes on stream. They have a huge leg up on Disney however and NFLX-Q has pretty big expansion plans in place. The market wants to hold in around the 200 day moving average. Until we break through $338 there is not too much to worry about.…
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. (John Stephenson)
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.
They took profit on this stock. Terrific company. They have a price target of $195. They think they can buy it back. There is a big transformation in the game space as mobile side is now . 25% and will be 50% in the next 12-18 months. (Kim Bolton)
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.
In the Fintech side. Organic growth remains strong at 53% y/y. They have this great sort of subscription based revenue with the instant deposit, cash card, etc. They have a price target of $97. A little more expensive with a PEG ratio 2.6. (Analysts’ price target is $82.21) (Kim Bolton)
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.
The chart looks great and they have been a consistent earnings beater. He likes the fin-tech space, but this is a smaller player. They also do data analytics. Over 90% of the date on servers globally has been put there in the last 18-24 months. It is not cheap with a 30-40 PE. (Cameron Hurst)
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.
(A Top Pick Dec 14/18, Up 15%) They haven't still taken any profit on it. They just increase the Price Target to $135.00. Their PEG ratio is 1.68. They are an innovator. $5.3 billion in revenues. (Kim Bolton)
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.
Big data alone will represent 30% of all data stored in data centers and Google is the leader here. Decently price with a PEG ratio of 1.61. They have great non-advertising revenues streams. A gem. 5.5% position in their portfolio. (Analysts’ price target is $1368.82) (Kim Bolton)
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 strong cash flow generator. It has 24% ROA and earnings are growing at 13% in 2020. If it breaks above $40, there is room for it to move to $45 on a technical basis. Yield 0.46% (Robert McWhirter)
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.
He watches it, watching defensive stocks. SAP has done well. They bought a UK company, Dairy Crest, and the market liked it. There'll be more acquisitions to come. The only problem is the commodity price of milk and cheeese, which is going down. (Douglas Kee)
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.
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. (Norman Levine)
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 have a great money making machine of Amazon web services. They spread that money to other businesses. Not expensive with a PEG ratio of 1.78. (Analysts’ price target is $2125.38) (Kim Bolton)
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. (Liz Miller)
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.
This is a really exciting company. They announce the model 'Y' tonight which is their SUV crossover. It will be a rollercoaster. Their strategy is to 'lean' into the risk to get explosive returns. He loves what they are doing, but he has concerns about their corporate governance. He is willing to bet the farm.…
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.
CEO Linton has done a brilliant job to build this company. Now, what is Canopy really worth per share? Who knows? There aren't good metrics developed yet for this sector. Linton is the rock star in this space. Don't buy on new highs, but wait. He has owned this and done well. Expect volatility--it'll keep…
📦 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.
He stays away from single stock exposure and would prefer an ETF instead. Transports are not looking good right now. (Analysts’ price target is $209.00) (Cameron Hurst)