This Canadian Growth Stock Could Double by Year’s End

Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) is an underrated stock with unfathomable growth potential, and it’s on sale.

| More on:
Dollar symbol and Canadian flag on keyboard

Image source: Getty Images

The TSX Index doesn’t have a reputation for being home to sexy growth stocks like the exchanges south of the border — apart from Shopify, of course! While most investors look to the U.S. exchanges for their growth fix, I think that there are ample opportunities for investors on this side of the border. Not only do they receive less attention from the financial media, but they’re also likely to be far cheaper relative to their long-term growth rates.

Consider shares of Aritzia (TSX:ATZ), a retailer that’s quickly making a name for itself under the international spotlight. As a Canadian, you’re probably well aware of the chain of women’s clothing stores. Fast fashion has the potential to be fickle, and while that doesn’t make for an excellent long-term holding, I think Aritzia has some competitive advantages up its sleeves.

The “Markle sparkle” and other genius marketing moves

Consider the fact that the company continued to clock in outstanding results amid Canada’s economic slowdown. Canadians are indebted, and they’re in the process of tightening their belts, especially when it comes to discretionary goods. As a “fast-fashion” retailer, Aritzia is the epitome of discretionary and is a name you’d expect to take a brunt of the damage in a downturn.

Aritzia defied the odds, though, because the brand is just that good. Meghan Markle has dawned articles of Aritzia clothing on numerous occasions, providing the company with the type of publicity that money can’t buy. Combine this with Aritzia’s influencer-based marketing campaign, and you’ve got a “nice-to-have” discretionary that’s more like a “must-have” staple through the eyes of many. Hats off to Aritzia’s marketing team.

It’s not just Aritzia’s marketing team that caused me to change my tune on the stock, though. The Vancouver-based clothing retailer has created substantial brand equity in the years since its IPO. And with impeccable timing, as the company looked to expand into the U.S. market, which reeks of double-digit growth potential.

Not what, but who

“It’s apparent that consumers have a rapidly growing affinity for the brand, thanks to the strengthening of brand equity over the past few years.” I said in a prior piece. “Margins should [continue to] expand as the brand looks to evolve into a luxury brand. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out given that Aritzia clothes have been worn by royalty!”

It may sound far-fetched to refer to Aritzia as a “luxury” brand. The quality of its items is nowhere close to that of real luxury brands. But at the end of the day, the power of brands can have a profound impact. Anything Aritzia that Markle (or any other influential celebrity) touches is likely to turn into gold that immediately flies off shelves.

To prospective purchasers of Aritzia goods, it’s less about “what” (design, quality) you’re wearing and more about “who” you’re wearing, as they say on the high-fashion runway.

Foolish takeaway

Looking ahead, I see off-the-charts growth, as Aritzia continues to move beyond the confines of Canada while continuing to improve its omnichannel channels. After last week’s brutal 18% peak-to-trough drop, investors would be well-advised to back up the truck now before shares have a chance to heat up again.

Stay hungry. Stay Foolish.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Joey Frenette has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Shopify.

More on Investing

growing plant shoots on stacked coins
Dividend Stocks

4 Ways to Grow $100,000 Into $1 Million in Retirement Savings

Anyone can build a million-dollar retirement portfolio. Here are four ways you could practically grow $100,000 to $1 million.

Read more »

Pot stocks are a riskier investment
Cannabis Stocks

Steer Clear: This Stock Spells Trouble

A newly listed cannabis stock is outperforming in 2024 but investors should stay clear to avoid trouble and losses.

Read more »

Red siren flashing
Energy Stocks

Buy Alert: 4 Reasons Why TC Energy Stock Is a Must-Own Now

A large-cap energy stock is a strong buy today for four compelling reasons.

Read more »

Shopping and e-commerce
Tech Stocks

Is Lightspeed Commerce Stock a Buy Now?

Despite the near-term weakness, I am bullish on Lightspeed due to its solid fundamentals, healthy growth prospects, and attractive valuation.

Read more »

A shopper makes purchases from an online store.
Dividend Stocks

3 Reasons to Buy TFI Stock Like There’s No Tomorrow

TFI stock (TSX:TFII) had a hard 2023, but now it's set up for a solid 2024, with an acquisition that…

Read more »

Dividend Stocks

5 Secrets of TFSA Millionaires

These lesser-known secrets can help you set up the perfect long-term portfolio and achieve a million-dollar TFSA!

Read more »

Canadian stocks are rising
Dividend Stocks

iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF (TSX:XRE): Why I Like this ETF Better Than a Rental Property

XRE is a great ETF for gaining exposure to the Canadian real estate sector.

Read more »

analyze data
Dividend Stocks

How to Build a Powerful Passive-Income Portfolio With Just $20,000

These fundamentally strong TSX stocks have paid and increased their dividend in all market conditions. Add these stocks to build…

Read more »