Growth stocks tend to have lower dividend payouts and are known for their growth potential. Unlike dividend stocks which are held for solid, consistent and growing income with some price appreciation over time, growth stocks offer investors to gain from substantial gains as they deploy excess earnings on growing the firm which can be either by growing organically or by acquisitions.
I have written many times about the need to own dividend stocks in a diversified portfolio. While dividend payers are important to hold, it is also wise to allocate some portion of a portfolio to growth stocks as they have the ability to boost the overall portfolio return. Growth-oriented companies can be found in many sectors such as social media, e-commerce, fast-casual dining, auto, chemicals, clothing, etc. In this post, let us take a look at five growth stocks for consideration.
1. Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO)
Denmark-based healthcare firm Novo Nordisk is the world’s leader in the diabetes market. Currently it has a P/E of 26 compared to the industry’s 30. The current market cap is $106.0 billion putting the firm squarely as in the large-cap segment. International growth especially in China offers tremendous scope for growth.
A short profile of the firm:
The Company is engaged in discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products. The Company’s business segments include diabetes and obesity care, and biopharmaceuticals. The diabetes and obesity care segment covers insulins, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), other protein-related products (such as glucagon, protein-related delivery systems and needles), oral anti-diabetic drugs and obesity. The biopharmaceuticals segment covers the therapy areas of hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. It offers a range of diabetes product, including new generation insulins and a portfolio of modern insulin. It provides Saxenda, which is a product to treat obesity and is available in Denmark, Italy and Canada. Its other products/compounds include Xultophy, Semaglutide (NN9535), Faster-acting insulin aspart (NN1218), N9-GP (NN7999), N8-GP (NN7088) and NN8640 Once-weekly human growth hormone.
2. Magna International Inc (MGA)
Canadian auto-parts maker is trading at attractive valuation with a P/E of just over 8.0 relative to the industry average of 36.0. The current dividend yield is 2.50% and the market cap is about $16 billion. There are rumors in the German press that Magna could produce Apple (AAPL) car in Austria as the firm has auto manufacturing facilities there.
Profile of Magna:
The Company’s segments are North America, Europe, Asia, Rest of World, and Corporate and Other. Its product capabilities include producing body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure, and roof systems and modules, as well as vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. The Company has over 290 manufacturing operations and over 80 product development, engineering and sales centers in approximately 30 countries. The Company’s operating unit, Cosma International, is an automotive supplier that provides a range of body, chassis and engineering solutions. The Company produces a range of body-in-white solutions.
3. Continental AG (CTTAY)
Continental is one of Magna’s competitors and is also a constituent in Germany’s benchmark DAX Index. The current P/E is just over 13.0.
Continental AG (Continental) is a global automotive supplier, tire manufacturer and industrial partner to other industries. Continental operates through six segments: Chassis & Safety, Powertrain, Interior, Tires, ContiTech and Other/consolidation. The Chassis & Safety segment focuses on technologies for active and passive safety, and for vehicle dynamics. The Powertrain segment integrates system solutions for powertrains in vehicles of various classes. The Interior segment specializes in information management in vehicles. The Tires segment offers a range of tires, from tires for cars, trucks and buses to specialist products for construction and industrial vehicles to tires for bicycles and motorcycles. The ContiTech segment combines Continental’s rubber and plastics activities for various industries. The Other/consolidation segment consists of centrally managed subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as the holding function of Continental and certain effects of consolidation.
4. LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB)
LyondellBasell Industries is a global specialty chemical company. Last week the company announced a dividend increase of 9% and a share buyback up to 10% of its shares.
LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a global chemical company. The Company’s segments include Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas (O&P-Americas), Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI), Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D), Refining, and Technology. Its O&P-Americas segment produces and markets olefins, including ethylene and ethylene co-products, and polyolefins. Its O&P-EAI segment produces and markets olefins, including ethylene and ethylene co-products, polyolefins and specialty products, including polybutene-1 and polypropylene compounds. Its I&D segment produces and markets propylene oxide and its co-products and derivatives, acetyls, including methanol, and ethylene oxide and its derivatives. Its Refining segment refines high-sulfur crude oil and other crude oils, including gasoline and distillates. Its Technology segment develops and licenses chemical, polyolefin and other process technologies, and also develops, manufactures and sells polyolefin catalysts.
5. Autozone Inc (AZO)
US-based Autozone is a classic growth stock. The company does not a pay a dividend at all. However the stock has enjoyed exponential growth over the years. Auto parts retailers are excellent long-term investments since consumers tend to buy auto parts during economic expansions and contractions. During recessions consumers prefer to maintain their existing cars and buy the parts needed to keep the old cars running. In boom times, consumers buy replacement parts when they have to replaced such as batteries.
AutoZone, Inc. is a retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. The Company’s operating segments include Auto Parts Locations and Other. The Auto Parts Locations segment comprises Domestic Auto Parts, Mexico, Brazil and Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC). The Other segment reflects business activities of three businesses: ALLDATA, E-commerce and AutoAnything. As of August 29, 2015, the Company operated approximately 5,140 AutoZone stores in the United States, including Puerto Rico; over 440 stores in Mexico; approximately seven stores in Brazil, and over 20 IMC branches. The Company’s store carries a product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products. As of August 29, 2015, in approximately 4,140 of its domestic AutoZone stores, the Company also provides a commercial sales program.
Disclosure: Long MGA and CTTAY