Smart homes and buildings are becoming increasingly popular with a projected market growth of 18% according to Acumen Researching and Consulting. The internet of things, and IFTTT (If this then that) has allowed for individuals to create systems that works together with minimal human intervention.
Automation and connected smart appliances have seen a huge rise in demand in recent years. Amazon recently acquired Eero and previously paid $1 billion to acquire Ring, a doorbell-camera startup. It had acquired Blink, a smart camera maker in 2017.
Google also invested heavily in the smart-home game a few years ago when it acquired Nest for 3.2 billion. Nest was quiet for a few years after its acquisition by Google but recently launched new temperature sensors, a video doorbell and an outdoor smart camera.
Smart lights, security, entertainment systems, and temperature control are the principle smart devices in demand. These products are surely to grow as we become more invested in energy-saving and healthy lifestyles.
Most of these smart devices work with voice assistants, but read carefully as not all are compatible, depending on your brand. Apple’s Homekit is an example of a software framework that lets you use a smart device with Siri.
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He expects them to report excellent numbers on Tuesday. The CEO is excellent. Their problem is that they have business than they can handle.
Sony Corp. ADR (SNE-N)
They offer a suite of voice assistant enabled smart products that help automate the home. You can even control your Sony TV through Google Home.
This is not only a technology company. Much of its earnings are coming from games and movies. Both those areas are very difficult to predict. He sees better value elsewhere.
Homekit, along with the Home app, is the company’s smart home system used as a platform for iOS user. The platform brings multiple devices together and coordinates their actions.
He has owned this for his clients for 15 years. It has done extremely well. They have trimmed it a number of times. You do not want one company to dominate a portfolio. A few weeks ago, it popped higher than their limitation band so he trimmed it. However, he still very much likes it.…
A leader in e-commerce and they sell smart home solutions that also works with their voice assistant, Alexa. They help you get what you need to turn your home smart, and a way to control everything.
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.
Alphabet Inc. (A) (GOOGL-Q)
They acquired Nest and is a big player in connected home devices. Many devices connect through their Google Home platform.
(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.
Some stocks not on Stockchase are also worth mentioning : Alarm.com NASDAQ: ALRM, Control4 NASDAQ: CTRL and Sonos NASDAQ: SONO are among many smart-home stocks you should watch. Other companies are also involved and benefit from the home automation rise in demand even if they don’t develop consumer products themselves, here are more smart-home related stocks :
Canon Inc. (CAJ-N)
Smart all-in-one printers are the mainstay of a smart-office. Canon offers multiple solutions for big and small sized companies and help automate the workplace.
Unfortunately they have had a tough time. Camera division is doing extremely well. Coming out with new cameras. He is scrutinizing it hard. 4.2% dividend is safe. Strong balance sheet. If camera division takes a turn to the worse he would sell.
A supplier of billing and back-office support for telecommunication and cable companies. They offer real-time intelligence capabilities for contextualized customer engagement.
One theme she really likes is a company that provides products and services that other companies simply can't live without. This company is so ingrained with other businesses processes. They work with AT&T, BCE, Telus, Rogers and Vodafone. Do back-end billing, making sure you are getting charged what you are supposed to be charged for…
Logitech International SA (LOGI-Q)
Harmony Hub takes all your devices and lets you control them with your smartphone. They are working on creating a universal controller.
Long liked this, but their latest earnings beat today surpassed even his expectations. It's on fire. Gross margins and cash flows surpassed expectations last quarter.
Marvell Technology Group (MRVL-Q)
They produce storage, communications, and consumer semiconductors. Their digital semiconductors for consumer communications is used in smart home technology.
A fabulous 5G play, but they lost a lot of business when Trump banned Huawei from buying American-made compenents. Maybe Marvell will get back that business under Biden who likely won't antagonize China like Trump.
Silicon Laboratories Inc (SLAB-Q)
A semiconductor producer that is used widely in cell-phones and smart devices.
(A Top Pick Jan 26/05. Down 36%.) Face the opportunity for single chip cell phone technology to penetrate the low end of the market. Went up 30% and he sold. Looking at it again.
They create chips that power the smart home devices. They have good technical support, and could break out, but semiconductors have done poorly recently.
It is a value trap and Intel has been a serial disappointer. The report from last night stated their data centre business continues to deteriorate. They are getting beaten by their competitor, notably AMD. Stay clear of Intel.
A strong player in the IoT space, offering connectivity and machine intelligence to smart home technology. They offer security and automation technology to consumers.
Qualcomm vs. Intel They hold the patent on the entire cell phone system. They have settled suits with China and Apple and are getting big payments. The stock has moved up nicely. 5G will be a boon for them globally. QCOM will continue to rise. Intel used to be the big leader in microchips until…
They’re focusing on home security and automation systems to protect your home and family.
The layoffs they announced make him nervous, a bad sign. He wishes they would appear on his show to discuss what is really happening. He prefers Verizon.
AMERICA MOVIL, S.A.B. DE C.V. (AMX-N)
They are working on 5G technology and are working to commercialise smart products to tap into the IoT universe.
(A Top Pick June 5/07. Down 8%.) Largest cellular company in Mexico. Their capacity utilization of the network is superior to many other global ones. Very Bullish on this stock.
Home Depot (HD-N)
You can get everything you need to connect your home. They’ve profited from the DIY boom and smart homes could be the next big thing.
HD vs. Lowes He's come close to buying HD in the past. It pays a 2.1% yield vs. Lowes' 1.3%, and HD boasts better metrics elsewhere. Key point it that scale matters in this business, and the 3x bigger HD enjoys a size advantage and has a wider moat (can get better pricing and service…
Best Buy Company Inc (BBY-N)
A name synonymous with consumer technology. They offer a wide variety of smart homes devices, and smart home systems.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks Best Buy is trading only $6 lower than its average price target of $116. Even though the wind is at its back, it’s likely wise to wait for a pullback before entering or adding more. Existing shareholders have been rewarded with a 74.56% total one-year return at a 3.53% profit margin…
Office Depot (ODP-Q)
They offer a smart home and office installation service that installs and connects Google and Nest products to you building.
Has been outperformed by Staples. Global. Good balance sheet. Good cash flow. New management coming in.
Audiovox Corp. (VOXX-Q)
A custom home automation and consumer electronics company. They are working on connecting residential and commercial properties.
No debt and $160 million in cash, a little over $7 per share. Chairman owns 20%. Not widely followed.
Comcast Corp (CMCSA-Q)
Its Xfinity brand has driven their smart home products. They specialize in smart voice-drive TV experiences. They also have partnerships with home security and smart lock companies.
(A Top Pick Jul 08/19, Down 6%) The broadband business was seen as an infrastructure play. There were a string of broadband revenue growth cycles, but then COVID-19 hit and the theme park part of the business saw revenues fall to zero. There was a recent report suggesting splitting the business into two, and he…
ABB Ltd. (ABB-N)
A Swedish-Swiss multinational that develops robotics, power, and automation technology. They are working on building smart grids. These grids are adaptive and responsive, and many current infrastructure needs replacing. These smart grids have a big potential when these infrastructures are redone.
Are they connected enough to green? They focus on smart grids, building grids that connect renewable projects. Now is an interesting time for grid development. Many, like Ontario's, are ancient and need updating. ABB is a play on smart (adaptive, responsive) grids, which are really expensive. If there's more infrastructure spending to update the grid…
Honeywell International (HON-N)
They have consumer smart home solutions, including thermostats, and security systems. It has a good management team and they have good branding.
As an industrial, it has aerospace exposure. They just beat earnings, but suspended their full year guidance. They are not cheap -- trading at 22 times earnings and growth of 10% for earnings. He would wait for lower prices to buy. A fine company in the long term.
General Electric (GE-N)
They have smart outlets and security systems. However, it’s been beaten down a lot, and analysts are wary. They are not cash flow positive, and the business is trying to sell off assets trying to survive.
GE has solid wind and healthcare businesses, but these alone are not enough to buy this yet. Give it another another quarter before looking at this. GE reports next week.
Johnson Controls (JCI-N)
An automotive batteries and electronics, and HVAC equipment producer. They also have their building automation system. The system helps keep occupants safe and productive.
(Top Pick Feb 6/17, Down 2%) He expects that it will probably get back to $42-$45. Typically auto does well until the end of May.
Eaton Corp. (ETN-N)
Provides engineering equipment to different companies. They are a key player in the global human machine interface (HMI) race. HMI is a growing market especially due to the rising demand for lower expenses.
(Market Call Minute.) He likes the industrials and this looks very interesting. They provide engineered equipment to different companies.
They manufacture electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. They make monitors for many industries, including pharma and oil. A leader in highly engineered electrical connectors.
Electronic equipment that makes monitors for many industries from pharma to oil. Established international company. ROIC rose from 14% in 2009 to 26% now. Stock is still cheap. $17B market cap. $3.8B in revenue. Consistent, well-diversified company.
Anixter International (AXE-N)
A communications and security products company. They offer a full-line solutions. A leader in helping businesses and communities build reliable systems.
(Top Pick Oct 4/13, Up 2.40%) It is core industrial America. Just made an acquisition that will be accretive right off the bat.