One of the easiest ways to build wealth in the stock market is to stick with growing companies that still have enormous room to keep expanding.
When considering the growth opportunities in front of Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) and Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU), it’s hard to imagine these stocks not earning investors market-beating returns over many years.
Let’s dive in and take a closer look at why these two stocks offer an easy path to building a great investment.
E-commerce is expected to grow nearly 50% to over $7 trillion in sales by 2025, according to eMarketer. Etsy is a great stock that should profit from this trend because it is growing off a small base of revenue and has proven its staying power, even during the pandemic.
Over the last five years, annual revenue has nearly quintupled to $2.1 billion through the second quarter on a trailing-12-month basis. Despite the difficult comparisons with the triple-digit percentage revenue growth rates in 2020, Etsy saw a 61% increase in repeat buyers last quarter that contributed to a 31% year-over-year boost in gross merchandise sales excluding face masks. This growth is even more impressive considering that more brick-and-mortar stores were open this year than in the year-ago quarter.
Etsy had an enormous advantage during the pandemic that should continue to serve it well going forward. With retail inventory running short a year ago, Etsy sellers were there to ship items quickly to meet demand, which contributed to the company’s momentum. That could still play to Etsy’s advantage in the near term given the port congestion that is expected to plague the retail industry this holiday season.
Beyond 2021, one opportunity to watch is apparel, where the recent acquisition of Depop could lead to significant gains in the secondhand clothing market, which is expected to double to $77 billion by 2025.
All told, the growth of e-commerce should make Etsy an easy layup for growth investors.
2. Lululemon Athletica
A recent survey by Lululemon showed that a high percentage of consumers in the Asia-Pacific region want casual clothing to become the new normal at the workplace. Lululemon is known technically as an athletic apparel brand, but its “Science of Feel” approach to designing workout clothing is perfectly suited to everyday wear, too.
Lululemon has successfully expanded its product line in recent years, especially with respect to its Office Travel Commute and On The Move collections. A recent check of best-sellers for men shows regular pants, polos, and joggers instead of traditional workout items at the top of the list. It’s an example of why it’s …….