10 Best Delivery Stocks to Invest In

In this article, we discuss 10 best delivery stocks to invest in. If you want to read about some more delivery stocks, go directly to 5 Best Delivery Stocks to Invest In.

The food delivery market has changed in numerous ways over the past few years as overlapping economic forces affect a complex web of stakeholders in the business to create a growth story that investors cannot seem to get enough of. From being just a small sector that relied on pizza and Chinese food, global food delivery has become a market worth more than $150 billion, tripling in size since 2017. Most of this growth came during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the United States where the delivery market size more than doubled.

Some of the best delivery stocks to buy now according to hedge funds include Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:UBER), Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). According to research by Restaurant Drive, online food delivery sales are estimated to grow as high as $220 billion by 2023, representing 40% of total restaurant sales. Top investment advisors are also bullish on the business, with Deutsche Bank estimating that the $24 billion online grocery market will surge to $120 billion by 2025.

However, the delivery sector remains a cost-intensive business that is low-margin and scale driven. According to consulting firm McKinsey, considerations such as brand, real estate, operating efficiency, breadth of offerings, and changing consumer habits will determine which stakeholders win or lose as the industry develops. Despite explosive growth during the virus crisis, which has all but subsided in the past few months, online delivery platforms, with few exceptions, remain unprofitable. 

Our Methodology

The companies that operate in the delivery sector were selected for the list. In order to provide readers with some context for their investment choices, the business fundamentals and analyst ratings for the stocks are also discussed. Data from around 900 elite hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey in the second quarter of 2022 was used to identify the number of hedge funds that hold stakes in each firm.

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Best Delivery Stocks To Invest In

10. Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. (OTC:JTKWY)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: N/A    

Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. (OTC:JTKWY) operates an online food delivery marketplace. The firm features on the list of best delivery stocks to invest in. The firm posted earnings for the first half of the year on August 3, reporting losses per share of €16.34. The revenue over the period was €2.78 billion, up more than 57% compared to the revenue over the same period last year. The firm said that adjusted EBITDA improved by 29%, an improvement that demonstrated the path to profitability on an absolute level and as a percentage of GTV. 

Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. (OTC:JTKWY) was founded in 2000 and is based in the Netherlands, It serves customers in Canada, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, and other countries. 

Just like Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:UBER), Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. (OTC:JTKWY) is one of the best delivery stocks to invest in. 

9. Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20 

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA) operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants under the Papa John’s trademark in the United States and internationally. The company is one of the most prominent delivery stocks to invest in. On September 22, Stephens analyst Joshua Long initiated coverage of Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA) stock with an Overweight rating and a price target of $100, noting that the international store growth potential will remain a highlight in the story of the firm. 

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Starboard Value LP is a leading shareholder in Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), with 2.8 million shares worth more than $230 million. 

In its Q3 2021 investor letter, Artisan Partners, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA) is a global operator and franchisor of pizza delivery and carryout restaurants. The company is tracking nicely against our turnaround thesis which hinges upon an improvement in store-level economics leading to accelerating growth in restaurant development activity. Improved store-level economics is being driven in part by market share gains resulting from menu innovation. New menu items—parmesan crusted Papadias, Epic Stuffed Crust, Shaq-a-roni— coupled with enhancements to the digital/loyalty platform and supportive advertising are attracting new customers to the brand, increasing frequency of its existing customers and driving higher unit volumes and returns. As a result, the company is experiencing incremental interest from new and existing franchisees to develop new restaurants. Papa John’s opened a record 123 units in the first half of 2021 and now expects to open 220-260 new stores this year (vs. 140-180 previously)—most of which are outside of the US. Combined with ample white space globally, we believe a higher unit growth trajectory will drive an attractive and sustainable profit cycle.”

8. Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20     

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR) operates as a quick service restaurant company. The firm is among the best delivery stocks to invest in. Some of the famous brands it runs include Tim Hortons, Burger King, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and Firehouse Subs. The company has been building a dividend history in the past few years, increasing the payout consistently for the last six years. On May 3, the firm declared a quarterly dividend of $0.54 per share, in line with previous. 

On September 9, Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR) announced that it would be investing $400 million in the Burger King brand to accelerate growth in the US. Tom Curtis, the president of Burger King in the North American region, made the announcement. 

At the end of the second quarter of 2022, 20 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $1.5 billion in Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR), compared to 23 in the previous quarter worth $1.8 billion.

Here is what Pershing Square Holdings has to say about Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR) in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

QSR’s franchised business model is a high-quality, capital-light, growing annuity that generates high-margin brand royalty fees from three leading brands: Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes. The company has nimbly navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to make progress on returning its brands to sustainable long-term growth.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has bolstered its safety procedures and is accelerating its digital investments by expanding its delivery footprint, modernizing its drive-thru experience, increasing mobile ordering adoption, and improving its loyalty programs. As the global recovery continues to be uneven, these initiatives will allow the company and its franchisees to serve customers in a safe and reliable manner.

Each of the company’s brands are at various stages in recovery, with Burger King and Popeyes having returned to growth, while Tim Hortons is well on its way to recovering. On a two-year basis, same-store-sales grew 2.4% at Burger King and 24.4% at Popeyes during the last quarter. Meanwhile, Tim Hortons in Canada has improved to a mid-single digit decline in July, with each month during the second quarter showing sequential improvement. Tim Hortons’ slower recovery is largely driven by strict COVID-19 restrictions in Canada, which were only recently lifted in large provinces such as Ontario. In rural and suburban parts of Canada where restrictions were lifted earlier, Tim Hortons has already returned to growth. Given the habitual nature of Tim Hortons’ customer base, the recovery in sales will be tied to mobility and reopening.

The company expects to return to its historical mid-single-digit unit growth this year, and recently announced expansions for both Tim Hortons and Popeyes in large international markets. As underlying sales trends at each of its brands continue to improve, and as the impact from COVID-19 restrictions ease, we believe Restaurant Brands’ share price will more accurately reflect our view of its improving business fundamentals.”

7. DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 31    

DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH) operates a logistics platform that connects merchants, consumers, and dashers in the United States and internationally. The firm is among the best delivery stocks to invest in. On August 29, media reports indicated that the company had decided to end a grocery delivery partnership of more than four years with Walmart. The termination is expected to be effective in September.

On June 3, DA Davidson analyst Tom White maintained a Neutral rating on DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH) stock and lowered the price target to $82 from $135, noting that the updated target reflected “the broader multiple compression for technology growth stocks”. 

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Beijing-based investment firm Hillhouse Capital Management is a leading shareholder in DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH), with 4.7 million shares worth more than $301 million.

6. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 32     

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) operates as a pizza company in the United States and internationally. It is one of the top delivery stocks to invest in. The firm posted earnings for the second quarter of 2022 on July 21, reporting earnings per share of $2.82, missing market estimates by $0.08. The revenue over the period was $1 billion, up close to 4% compared to the revenue over the same period last year and beating analyst expectations by $20 million. 

On September 23, Citi analyst Jon Tower maintained a Buy rating on Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) and lowered the price target to $415 to $475, noting that net job postings remain elevated for the firm versus history. 

At the end of the second quarter of 2022, 32 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $2.3 billion in Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ), compared to 27 in the previous quarter worth $1.8 billion.

In addition to Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:UBER), Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) is one of the best delivery stocks to invest in. 

In its Q2 2022 investor letter, Pershing Square Holdings, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“Since our last update, Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ)’s near-term business performance has shown meaningful improvement, including three-year stacked growth for the second quarter of 17% in the U.S., up 560 basis points sequentially. This improvement was driven by the full impact of its recent pricing actions, operational changes leading to improved staffing and labor utilization, and the return of its signature Boost Week promotion. These positive developments caused a significant recovery in Domino’s share price and its valuation increased to more than 28 times our estimate of next twelve months’ earnings.  In light of the company’s relatively high valuation in the context of a volatile market environment, we decided to exit our investment to raise cash for alternative investment opportunities. We have enormous respect for Domino’s and its management team led by Russell Weiner, and we expect the company to continue its long track record of success.”

 

 

 

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