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.
Pandemic has helped all the e-commerce names. But valuation worries him, at 500x forward earnings. Sales growth will be strong. Paying a premium for this name.
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.
Good managers who own a lot of stock. The stock has been rangebound for years as they payout a lot of its cash flow. Broadcasting has its challenges, though. ET are leaders in their space, but they serve a limited audience, which keeps him away. If you own it, hold on and watch what the…
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.
Several big tech names report next week, but he expects this to be a winner. It popped today. FB is led by Instagram Shops, a brilliant idea to help small businesses operate online.
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.
Today, an analyst upgraded the stock to a buy and re-rated it with a target price of $56. Twitter surged 5% today. He agrees the stock has been undervalued, but a sudden move like this without another upgrade isn't sustainable.
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.
Buy it probably tomorrow after the sell-off, knee-jerk reaction to this week's disappointing earnings report, ends. A good hold for the long term.
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.
Peaked in September, and now down. Target of $595, shouldn't go below $470. One of the greatest semi-conductor growth stories. Arm acquisition puts them in a strong position. Buy a partial position here, another around $500, and another around $470.
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.
It has been hot during Covid. Their peer-to-peer payments app is arguably better than PayPal's. It's up 185% in the last 6 months and is now pricey. If the stock pulls back after it reports in 2 weeks, buy some.
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.
He expects them to report excellent numbers on Tuesday. The CEO is excellent. Their problem is that they have business than they can handle.
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.
(A Top Pick Nov 13/19, Up 23%) One of the top beneficiaries of digital advertising. Also has so many revenue streams not linked to advertising. Doesn't seem to be impacted by the DoJ anti-trust announcement. Very decent margins. Price target of $1,760.
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.
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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.
Consumer staple companies have also been lukewarm. They have grown through acquisition. If the yield goes up to 4-5%, he would be open to look at it more closely.
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.
Has a 7% free cash flow yield. The market is annoyed they haven't made an acquisition recently, but he's fine with that. They've produced a ROE of 20% for decades, and are undervalued now. He doubled his position in the low-$40s. There is some concern over e-cars, but ATD has been testing EV stations in…
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.
Looking at technicals right now, the market has tried to break through and has failed a couple of times. It could be choppy through the election. We could be ready for a 5-7% pull-back over the next couple of weeks. Your entry point will be late October or early November. He would slightly prefer GOOG-Q.
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.
It has thrived during Covid, even with most bars closed. Their hard seltzer product has excelled. SAM just reported a great quarter ($6.51 EPS vs. estimated $4.50) so the stock spiked 19% today. Take profits.
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.
Successful stock, a momentum stock. Uncertain where it will be in 2 years. High expectations. Extended valuations. 150x forward PE ratio. He's nervous about owning. If you own it, put a stop loss on. Could face severe volatility and competition.
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.
He has looked at the US or niche producers in Canada. This would be the best of the Canadian producers, though. He feels they will be the dominant leader without question.
📦 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.
Part of his Fear Factor portfolio of stocks that will thrive with or without government stimulus during Covid This and UPS were hated recently, but they enable the stay-at-home economy. FedEx's investments in its shipping network are finally paying off.