Is Women CEO the Secret to Generating High Returns on Equity?
There are a number of women breaking the glass ceiling in the business world. Some have reached the coveted CEO level and oversee great companies with large market capitalizations. These female CEOs can be found in a wide variety of sectors.
These companies have been celebrated for having strong management and good foresight. According to an article on The Balance and a number of studies in recent years, there is evidence that women in executive positions and on corporate boards can have a positive impact on a company’s performance.
Here are the best-run companies listed on Stockchase run by CEOs that are women:
Linamar Corp (LNR-T)
Linda Hasenfratz is a Canadian businesswoman, the president, chairman, and CEO of Linamar since 2002. The second largest automobile parts manufacturer. It’s a very well managed company with products to go forward. They are also in the aerial lifts and agriculture space.
(A Top Pick Dec 01/20, Up 2%) He would buy it again. He thinks it is worth $100 or more. It may be caught up in the global semiconductor shortage. They have had significant wind in electric and hybrids. The skyjack division is a big company and one of their biggest customers is United Rentals…
General Motors Corporation (GM-N)
Mary Teresa Barra is the Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors Company, and she has held the CEO position since 2014. It’s trading at a cheap multiple of 6.2x earnings. There is volatility in the auto sector as they go through electrification. It pays a good dividend but it is not expected to be raised in the near future.
Trading at 6x earnings, which is vastly below competitors. Their recall has caused the stock price to pull back. Big plans for the EV space. They are also planning on building their own EV recharging stations. Social media mentions are up 122% in the last 24 hours.
Hershy Foods Corp (HSY-N)
Michele Buck is an American businesswoman. In March 2017,she became the first female President and CEO. The largest chocolate manufacturer in the world. It is a global leader with over 80 brands. A defensive growth stock and it is a good pick against tariffs since most of their revenues are from North America.
(A Top Pick Sep 12/18, Up 46%) 7% earnings growth rate. You pay a premium, as we're in late cycle. 2% dividend, low beta. Dominance in US confectionery space. Starting to diversify. Still room to grow, especially as money is rotating to more defensive plays.
Ulta Salon Cosmetics and Fragrance Inc. (ULTA-Q)
Mary Dillon is an American businesswoman, and has been the CEO since July 2013. A beauty store chain in the United States. It’s well managed and is continuing to open stores. Their same-store sales growth has been growing well at 7-8% yearly.
(A Top Pick Sep 02/20, Up 52%) People are buying makeup and perfumes again. They did well with skincare and their deal with Target during the pandemic. Beauty and cosmetics are coming back. They will perform quite well if things stay open.
Ross Stores Inc. (ROST-Q)
Barbara Rentler is a businesswoman, and the current CEO of Fortune 500 company. An off-price department store chain. They are the second largest after TJX Companies. In times of recession, these stocks tend to do well. THey are also building stores and buying back shares.
(A Top Pick May 05/20, Up 33%) He has some concerns about retail but they sell the excess inventory of name brands and provide a treasure hunt experience. They are extremely well run. They re-initiated their dividend. He got stopped out but has not bought back yet.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD-Q)
Lisa Su is a Taiwanese American business executive and electrical engineer, and the CEO and president of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). A semiconductor maker that is Intel’s competitor. It has stayed above the 200 day average and the sector is recovering.
There's upside, though valuations are stretched. Technology going forward will be strong for semi makers like AMD. Growth outlook is positive. But wait for a slightly pullback in AMD.
Safra A. Catz is an Israeli-born American business executive and co-CEO of Oracle Corporation. A computer technology company. They are developing their subscription services and cloud based business.
Is up nearly 40% this year, and is rising much faster than its growth rate. That may not matter--it has the halo effect from being in the dog house for years. It's also cheap compared to its peers.
Virginia Marie “Ginni” Rometty is an American business executive. She is the current chair, president, and CEO of IBM, and the first woman to head the company. A multinational tech company that specializes in computer hardware. They are implementing a stock buyback plan that will see the stock pay a 5% yield.
Interesting story at these levels. Going to be splitting legacy divisions from higher growth. Will take a couple of quarters to show whether higher growth engine will provide more upside. Attractive dividend. Worth looking at for a trade.
Mylan Inc (MYL-Q)
Heather Bresch is an American business executive. She has served as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Mylan since 2012. A global pharmaceutical company that manufactures generic drugs. They are the ones who manufacturer EpiPen and they went through some controversy. A generic version is now offered but their credibility is still brining pressure.
TEVA-N vs. MYL-Q. He does not like either at these prices. They are both generics manufacturers. There are lots of headwinds on pricing in these categories. We have had a lot of noise on pricing of pharmaceuticals. The FDA is going to alleviate the delays on getting new drugs to market. He wants to be…
Ventas Inc (VTR-N)
Debra A. Cafaro is an American business executive, who is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ventas, Inc. A real estate investment trust specializing in the US healthcare industry. They are one of the largest healthcare REITs and is very well run.
A REIT that holds seniors' retirement homes, research centres, medical offices and hospitals. It got crushed last year, but has come back this year. Pays a 3.15% yield and he expects an increase.
Nasdaq Stock Market (NDAQ-Q)
Adena T. Friedman is an American businessperson. She currently serves as the president and CEO of Nasdaq. The financial services company that operates the NASDAQ stock exchange. They also operate eight European stock exchanges.
Major trading and clearing house. It's all about volume. They've positioned themselves well to take advantage of and monetize the huge activity in the capital markets. Yield is 1.21%. (Analysts’ price target is $181.44)
Progressive Corp Ohio (PGR-N)
Tricia Griffith is an American business executive who currently serves as the CEO and president of Progressive. A car insurance provider. The property and casualty insurance sector has very low costs of operation and is profitable. There is a long-term uptrend that is lifting share prices.
Very fine company. One of the best property and casualty companies in the world. Relatively resilient, defensive business model. Long-term, he recommends it. But for short and medium performance, we're exiting a recession, so it makes sense to put more capital into cyclicals.
Synchrony Financial (SYF-N)
Margaret Keane has been the chief executive officer and president of Synchrony Financial since February 2014. A consumer financial services company. They try to bring value to consumers and merchants. It offers private label credit cards and other deposit products.
A financial stock, and he likes financials. It has done very well. Closed at $39.76, and he has a model price of $49.45, 25% higher. Pays out $.60. Looks like they are going to earn $3.46 this year.
Beth Elaine Mooney is an American financial executive who is the first woman to be CEO of a top-20 U.S. bank. A regional bank based in Cleveland. It is one of the largest bank-based financial services company.
(A Top Pick Aug 22/16. Up 54.49%.) A small-cap bank. If you are risk averse, he would advise you to get out of the stock. If not, the story is still good. Thinks there is still some upside, especially if interest rates go up.
Transalta Corp (TA-T)
Dawn Lorraine Farrell has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at TransAlta Corporation since 2012. An electricity power generator that has announced plans to buy back stocks. They are making a transition from coal to natural gas fired power plants.
Billy Kawasaki’s Insights - Billy’s most-liked answers from 5i Research. It has shown a strong quarter reporting 7 cents per EPS vs the expected 5 cents. EBITDA has increased 39% with free cash flow increasing 55%. Shares trade at 8x EV to EBITDA, which is in the middle of their historic range. The momentum is…
Atco Ltd (ACO.X-T)
Nancy C. Southern has been the Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd. since January 2000. A holding company with subsidiaries mostly in gas or construction. The talks of lower interest rates has helped this company’s stock price.
(A Top Pick Jun 18/20, Up 27%) 27 consecutive years of increasing dividends. Very well run operations. They also have renewable assets. The value rotation has helped the stock run up. the dividend is now at 3.9%. The run up is more a normalization and continues to buy it.
Duke Energy (DUK-N)
Lynn J. Good is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, a Fortune 500 company. An electric power holding company that is in energy infrastructure. The rising interest rate have hurt the utilities and energy sector but it is recovering and the overall outlook is good.
For this, and all the utility companies, stock price is high in a low interest rate environment because of the dividend. Minimal growth. Will be hurt if interest rates rise. If that happens, you'll probably be able to buy it cheaper.
CMS Energy Corp (CMS-N)
Patricia K. Poppe is an American businesswoman and business executive, the president and CEO of CMS Energy since 2016. A utility operations company. One of the best run in the US. It is currently trading at a premium, but the quality justifies the price.
This is one of the best run utilities in the US. It is not a value play but a high quality play. It is another way to add to the utilities. It is trading at over 20X earnings to is trading at a premium, however, you are buying quality. It is the best run utility…
American Water Works Co. Inc. (AWK-N)
Susan N. Story is an American utility executive and the current Chief Executive Officer of American Water. They operate public water utility in the US and Canada. They have quite a high valuation with over 20 times earnings but it has performed well.
Clean water companies fit into ESG portfolios. One of the strongest parts of the market. Leader in the group, steady growth which is likely to continue at 10% a year. Continues to outperform the S&P, so should have a tailwind for a while. Yield is a decent 1.3%.
Lockheed Martin (LMT-N)
Marillyn Adams Hewson is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin. A global aerospace and defense tech company. This tends to move higher with market volatility. They pay a good yield of 2.58%.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly We reiterate our TOP PICK recommendation with LMT. The company just secured contracts with the Pentagon worth up to $6.6 billion. It trades at 14x earnings compared to peers at 18x. It pays a good dividend, backed by a payout ratio of 40% of cash flow. Its cash reserves are…
General Dynamics Corp. (GD-N)
Phebe Novakovic is an American businesswoman and former intelligence officer. She serves as the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics. They make nuclear subs for the government and executive Gulfstream jets. 25% of their revenues are from aerospace and business jets. They just increased their dividend by 10% recently.
It trades in line with peers at a reasonable 15x PE. Their cyber-defence division makes up a serious slice of its revenues. He likes this. The defence budget under Biden is still growing but not as quickly as before. That said, the defence industry will always see growth, but it's a matter of how fast…
Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY-N)
Vicki Hollub is an American businesswoman and mineral engineer. She has been the president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum since April 2016. A petroleum and natural gas exploration company. They are one of the largest US oil and gas company by equity market cap. They also own OxyChem which is a major chemical manufacturer.
They report Monday and he expects good numbers based on other oil companies' stellar reports and the high price of crude.