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What are we looking for?

My colleague Allan Meyer and I take a closer look at the Canadian consumer-staples sector using our investment philosophy focused on safety and value.

The screen

We started our search by filtering for Canadian-listed consumer staples with a market capitalization of $1-billion or more. We sorted the list on this metric, from largest to smallest. We view market capitalization as a safety factor, larger companies usually have more stable revenue streams. They also tend to be more liquid, they can usually be bought and sold without a significant price impact.

Select Canadian consumer staple stocks

CompanyTickerMarket Cap ($Bil)Dividend Yield (%)Debt to Equity (%)Price to EarningsEarnings Momentum (%)ROE (%)
Alimentation Couche-TardATD.B-T34.80.660.717.00.226.6
Loblaw Cos.L-T28.71.589.615.82.312.7
Saputo Inc.SAP-T17.91.340.822.02.816.6
George Weston Ltd.WN-T14.81.5169.315.82.510.8
Metro Inc.MRU-T9.51.646.615.50.821.5
Empire Co.EMP.A-T5.52.065.425.6-16.38.5
Maple Leaf Foods Inc.MFI-T4.21.40.522.15.18.1
Jean Coutu Group PJC Inc.PJC.A-T3.92.30.019.6-2.619.9
Premium Brands HoldingsPBH-T2.52.0100.225.16.218.5
North West Company Inc.NWC-T1.64.062.318.1-0.621.3
Average12.31.863.519.70.016.4
Median7.51.561.518.81.617.5

Source: Thomson Reuters, Wickham Investment Counsel Inc.

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