Some of the most interesting (and profitable) investments stem from businesses that we interact with on a daily basis. Many of these businesses provide a service to us that we take for granted, and it’s that sense of necessity that makes some of those businesses great investment options.
An example of this is your local grocery store. Grocers are interesting investment options in that they perform a necessary service to us, much like a utility does, but unlike a utility bill, most of us enjoy buying groceries.
The case for Loblaw
Loblaw is the larger of the two grocers, with a network of over 2,000 locations across Canada, including over 1,300 Shoppers Drug mart locations, Shoppers is the largest pharmacy in Canada and has benefited from the cross-selling of Loblaw-branded products in its stores in recent years.
Speaking of brands, Loblaw benefits from owning some of the most well-known brands, including President’s Choice and Life Brand. The company has also branched out into other areas in recent years, including offering financial services through its PC Financial arm and its clothing line Joe Fresh.
The most recent quarterly results are for the fourth quarter of 2019, announced earlier this year. In that quarter, Loblaw reported revenue of $11,590, reflecting an increase of 3.3%, or $372 million over the same period last year. Both the food and drug retail segments saw growth of 1.9% and 3.9%, respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA came in at $1,205 million, reflecting a $310 million, or 34.6% improvement over the same quarter in fiscal 2018.
In terms of a dividend, Loblaw offers investors a quarterly payout that works out to a 1.78% yield, which probably won’t resonate with investors looking for a dividend stock. The flip side of that argument is that Loblaw is a defensive investment in that people continue to buy their groceries irrespective of the economy, and Loblaw has hiked the dividend on a nearly annual basis for several years.
At time of writing, Loblaw trades at $69.50 with a P/E of 24.91.
The case for Metro
With a network of 950 food stores and 650 pharmacy locations, Metro is the smaller of the two companies. Unlike Loblaw’s presence across most of the country, Metro’s footprint is limited to Quebec and parts of Ontario.
In terms of results, the most recent available results are for the first quarter of 2020, which were released in December of 2019. During that quarter, Metro reported sales of $4,029.8 million, reflecting an increase of 1.3% over the prior year. Similar to Loblaw, much of that growth stemmed from the pharmacy segment, which saw same-store sales surge 3.6% in the quarter. Across Metro’s food segment the company saw same-store sales increase by 1.4%.
Adjusted net earnings for the quarter came in at $180.9 million, up 5.1% over the same period last year. Metro also announced a hike to its dividend in the amount of 12.5%, reflecting a payout range of 30-40% of the adjusted net earnings of the prior year. Metro’s dividend currently works out to a 1.45% yield.
Metro currently trades at just over $55 with a P/E of 20.75.
The better investment
Both Metro and Loblaw make compelling investment cases. Both have growing networks of stores, and both offer a complementary pharmacy network that benefits from cross-selling and easier access to new markets.
That being said, in my opinion, Loblaw is a better investment at the moment. Loblaw’s larger more diversified network of stores lends itself to a larger market of customers, with more growth potential.
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Cross-border investment surged in November – Investment Executive
The cross-border activity was concentrated on debt securities, with foreign investors adding $31.4 billion worth in the month, up from $20.4 billion the previous month.
StatsCan reported that investors targeted federal debt — adding $8.6 billion in bonds and $6.5 billion worth of money market securities — along with $9.8 billion in corporate debt.
Conversely, foreign investors trimmed $1.3 billion worth of Canadian equities in the month.
“The reduction reflected retirements of Canadian portfolio shares resulting from cross-border merger and acquisition activities. Foreign purchases of Canadian shares on the secondary market, led by shares of chartered banks, moderated the overall reduction,” StatsCan said.
At the same time, Canadian investors ramped up their buying of foreign securities in November.
In total, domestic investors added $17.5 billion in foreign securities, StatsCan reported. This was up from $5.4 billion in October.
Canadian investors jumped into U.S. stocks in November, buying $7.4 billion worth of equities, up from just $652 million in October. Large-cap tech stocks and index funds were the primary targets, StatsCan said.
Additionally, investors bought $4.0 billion worth of non-U.S. foreign shares in November, reversing a $2.5-billion divestment in October.
Canadian investors also added $6.1 billion in foreign debt, including $2.8 billion in U.S. corporate bonds and $1.6 billion in U.S. government bonds.
In a research note, National Bank Financial Inc. (NBF) said November’s $17.5-billion net investment means Canadian investors acquired $144.4 billion worth of foreign securities during the first 11 months of 2021.
“In dollar terms, you won’t find a prior [year-to-date] tally remotely close,” NBF said, noting that the previous record was $73.3 billion about 15 years ago.
Even with the record flow into foreign securities, net portfolio flows are still positive for Canada, as foreign buying of Canadian securities has been even stronger.
“An improved current account means Canada is less reliant on foreign inflows,” NBF said. “Still, the apparent abandonment of Canada by domestic investors is part of an overall capital bleed that needs redressing.”
4 Must-Have TFSA Stocks for Any Investment Goal – Yahoo Canada Finance
Written by Amy Legate-Wolfe at The Motley Fool Canada
If you have a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), then you hopefully have an investment goal to go along with it. Now, we could drill down into specific savings goals, but, honestly, those goals change! What someone wants at 30 will be different at 50, and so on. First, it’s student debt, then a house, then a child, their education, and, of course, retirement.
Frankly, you shouldn’t have to juggle your investments every time you come up with a new goal. In fact, one of the main points of investing is to buy and hold for as long as you can. Sure, you can take out cash as your goals come in, but you should be able to hold onto them for as long as you want.
With that in mind, here are four TFSA stocks that will help you achieve any investment goal.
If you’re going to have long-term TFSA stocks, you need stable companies to get you there. That would definitely include Fortis (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS). The utility company has been growing its dividend each year for almost 50 years. This comes from a stable business plan of growth through acquisition.
Investors have been flocking to Fortis as one of the TFSA stocks they want because of this stability — especially during the market pullback. The company is basically recession proof, providing gas and electric utilities to 3.4 million customers. You need the lights on no matter what, making it a strong choice for any investor.
Fortis shares are up 16% in the last year with a dividend yield of 3.63%.
The Big Six banks may be trading at all-time highs, but there’s a reason. And that reason is why they’re TFSA stocks for any investment goal. The banks managed to get out of the market drop relatively unscathed, and yet they still have so much cash on hand to make up for lost time. And that comes through solid dividend jumps.
But Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD)(NYSE:TD) has even more to offer. TD stock offers the most growth of the Big Six banks, with the most amount of credit card partnerships, growing online and United States presence, and the most loan options for solid revenue streams. And yet even after all this growth, TD stock still trades at just 13.42 times earnings.
TD stock is up 41% in the last year, with a dividend yield of 3.47%.
If you have the cash to invest, Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) is one of the few tech stocks that remains a stable investment. The company has been an acquisition powerhouse, identifying the software companies it believes will thrive with incredible expertise.
It’s those experts that have managed to keep the company growing at a stable clip, even as other tech stocks burn around it. Constellation shares have been steady as a rail, growing through venture funds and seeing revenue rise 30% year over year during the last quarter. It’s one of the TFSA stocks any investor should add as soon as possible before it rises even more.
Shares of Constellation are up 34% in the last year, and it recently boosted its dividend to offer a yield of 0.24%.
Finally, Nutrien (TSX:NTR)(NYSE:NTR) may be on the newer side, but don’t count this out among TFSA stocks. People need to eat, and Nutrien is now the world’s largest crop nutrient provider. As arable land decreases and climate change increases, Nutrien will be a necessity for any portfolio.
Nutrien continues to grow through acquisition. In the last few years, it has increased its digital presence at an incredible rate. This kept revenue coming in at an incredibly important time — for the company and farmers. Now, it’s nearing the three-digit mark and isn’t likely to come down.
Shares of Nutrien are up 37% in the last year, with a yield of 2.57% for investors.
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Gulf Energy, Binance announce Thailand crypto partnership
Gulf Energy in a disclosure to the stock exchange said its agreement with Binance is a response to the rapid growth in digital asset infrastructure in Thailand.
Binance said it would set up the cryto exchange and related businesses in the country.
“Our goal is to work with government, regulators and innovative companies to develop the crypto and blockchain ecosystem in Thailand,” a Binance spokesperson said.
“The first step is to explore opportunities in an open and collaborative manner. ”
Last year, Binance received a criminal complaint from Thailand’s market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for operating a digital asset business without a license.
The Thai energy company has been diversifying into new areas and last year became the major shareholder of Intouch Holdings Pcl, owner of the country’s largest cellphone operator, Advanced Info Service PCL.
(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Martin Petty)
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