The Motley Fool

2 Growth Stocks I’m Buying When the Economy Reopens

Image source: Getty Images

The COVID-19 crisis has been difficult, to say the least. Millions are out of work as the economy prepares to contract sharply. And while stock markets have rebounded, many individual stocks are still in the dumps.

As economies reopen, there are two growth companies at the top of my buy list. These businesses were crushed when the economy shuttered, yet their share prices don’t reflect the upside of a reopening, no matter how slow.

If you want to buy high-upside stocks that can capitalize on the reopening of global markets, the two companies below are clear bargains.

Bet big on China

Canada Goose (TSX:GOOS)(NYSE:GOOS) was once of the hottest growth companies in Canada. Sales were growing at more than 40% annually. Roughly one-third of its sales were generated in international markets, which were growing at over 60% per year.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Consumer spending fell off a cliff. The company’s once-coveted $1,000 jackets became purchases for another day. Shares fell 50% in the first quarter of 2020.

The worst aspect of the crash was the impact on China, the largest luxury market in the world. Canada Goose was just beginning to expand there. Analysts thought this opportunity alone could double the size of the company. It was a big reason behind the stock’s premium valuation.

Of course, the coronavirus began in China, placing a massive roadblock in the company’s growth plans. Previously, shares traded between 100 and 150 times earnings. Today, the figure is closer to 30 times earnings.

It’s important to remember that Canada Goose isn’t going away anytime soon. The brand has been around since 1957. The first Canadian to summit Everest was outfitted by the company. The scientists in Antarctica swear by its gear.

As economies reopen, expect demand for Canada Goose products to return. That alone will provide a sizeable spike in its valuation multiple, and long-term growth will take care of the rest. For patient investors, this opportunity is a steal.

Pot stocks are rising

Cronos Group Inc (TSX:CRON)(NASDAQ:CRON) is another former all-star stuck in the dumps. Last year, shares reached $30. Today, they’re below $9.

The important thing to know here is that this pot stock has grown sales over the past year. The issue has largely been a reset in expectations. The market was simply pricing in too much last year. But following the COVID-19 correction, the market is now pricing in too little.

Last quarter, the company had US$1.3 billion in cash, but its current market cap is just US$2.2 billion. That means the underlying business trades at just $900 million! That’s a crazy price for one of the best-positioned cannabis producers in the world.

Last year, for instance, tobacco behemoth Altria Group purchased a 45% stake in the company for US$1.8 billion. That’s twice the value of the current underlying business. Altria Group isn’t a poor investor, either. Over the decades, it’s gone from a small upstart to controlling 50% of the U.S. cigarette market.

With Altria by its side, Cronos should have a long future ahead of it. Now trading at a bargain valuation, it’s a great pick-up for long-term investors.

Canada Goose and Cronos are good stocks, but the list below has our best picks to buy right now.

The 10 Best Stocks to Buy This Month

Renowned Canadian investor Iain Butler just named 10 stocks for Canadians to buy TODAY. So if you’re tired of reading about other people getting rich in the stock market, this might be a good day for you.
Because Motley Fool Canada is offering a full 65% off the list price of their top stock-picking service, plus a complete membership fee back guarantee on what you pay for the service. Simply click here to discover how you can take advantage of this.

Click Here to Learn More Today!

The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Canada Goose Holdings. Fool contributor Ryan Vanzo has no position in any stocks mentioned.

Two New Stock Picks Every Month!

Not to alarm you, but you’re about to miss an important event.

Iain Butler and the Stock Advisor Canada team only publish their new “buy alerts” twice a month, and only to an exclusively small group.

This is your chance to get in early on what could prove to be very special investment advice.

Enter your email address below to get started now, and join the other thousands of Canadians who have already signed up for their chance to get the market-beating advice from Stock Advisor Canada.

I consent to receiving information from The Motley Fool via email, direct mail, and occasional special offer phone calls. I understand I can unsubscribe from these updates at any time. Please read the Privacy Statement and Terms of Service for more information.