Long-term investing is a lot easier when you start thinking about what companies can be a decade from now and what they are today. In a world where disruption is happening all around us, there are a lot of great growth stocks to be excited about.
We invited three Fool.com contributors to highlight the stock they’re most excited about when considering the next decade, and General Motors ( NYSE:GM ), Brookfield Infrastructure ( NYSE:BIP ), and Lucid Group ( NASDAQ:LCID ) made the top of the list for very different reasons. Image source: Getty Images. The future of transportation
Travis Hoium (General Motors): I’m going to take a liberal view of “energy” and pick a company that has a big role in how we consume energy. One of the trends I’m most excited about is autonomous driving. There are more than a dozen companies building autonomous driving technology, and it’s starting to show up in automobiles we can buy today. But it’s not autonomy in a GM vehicle that makes me excited about the stock but rather the company’s ownership of autonomous ride-sharing company Cruise.
Cruise is one of the first companies in the world to be licensed to take customers on a fully autonomous drive without a safety driver . And it’s testing a custom-built, autonomous ride-sharing vehicle called the Cruise Origin manufactured by GM.
Fully autonomous rides could upend how we think about transportation. They could make the idea of spending tens of thousands of dollars on a vehicle seem outdated, especially if rides across town are just a few dollars. Long term, building customized autonomous vehicles will allow for lower costs per mile, and distribute the manufacturing and technology costs across potentially millions of drivers.
Cruise is already valued at over $30 billion, and GM still holds the largest (believed to be the majority) stake in the company. If autonomous ride-sharing is the future of transportation, as I believe it is, GM will be a leader, and that’s why I’m excited about the stock for the next decade. Diverse investments in energy infrastructure
Howard Smith (Brookfield Infrastructure): A core investment for your portfolio over the next decade should include both risk and diversity. But it’s more advantageous if the risk can be put in the hands of experts. While past performance doesn’t necessarily reflect future results, global infrastructure company Brookfield Infrastructure has outperformed the S&P 500 index’s total returns over the past 10- and 20-year periods. BIP Total Return Level data by YCharts Management recycles capital among investment assets, extracting value through growth and then moving into areas of higher potential returns. Much of its capital is currently in global energy infrastructure assets, including its newest $2 billion investment to privatize Canadian midstream pipeline operator Inter Pipeline ( TSX:IPL ). Brookfield management said in its second-quarter financial report that closing that acquisition “will mark the start of the next expansionary period for our business, which should drive strong FFO [funds from operation].” FFO is a preferred metric for measuring operating performance among asset-heavy businesses typically associated with real estate investment trusts (REITs) .
Of the almost $400 million in Brookfield’s FFO reported in its second quarter, a significant portion came from its utility and transport segments, and its midstream energy assets. Transport FFO includes contributions from liquid natural gas (LNG) export terminals. The balance is invested in data infrastructure, including telecom tower and fiber infrastructure.
Brookfield Infrastructure has increased FFO by almost 900% in the past 10 years. The next decade may not be as impressive, but management has proven adept at investing in valuable assets and then realizing that value for owners. It then recycles those assets to generate capital for newer assets with higher current potential returns. Most of that capital is currently in highly diversified, global energy assets. Based on historical performance, investors should be able to trust that management’s expertise in the sector will continue to pay off over the next decade. The EV revolution has finally arrived
Daniel Foelber (Lucid Group): No one has a crystal ball, but sometimes the most obvious trends are hiding in plain sight. To beat the market in the 2010s, an investor had to do little more than recognize the internet was going to get larger and faster. Everything that followed — from software to streaming to smartphones to digital payments — is simply a product of that larger trend.
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