Father son companies: does keeping it in the family benefit these 6 stocks?

By James Dennin for Kapitall.

Though it might seem a little old-fashioned, father-son teams are far from a thing of the past.

It's not uncommon for a dad to pass the company on to an heir apparent—Warren Buffett recently announced he would be passing the company on to his son Howard, despite some calls for him to break the company up instead. 

And the activist investor Carl Ichan has long-since groomed his son to take over the family business.

When the two disagreed over the timing of the firm's sale of Netflix (NFLX), Ichan's son made, and won, a $15 million bet with his dad that the stock would continue to go up. 

There's certainly something to be said for picking things up at the family dinner table, so to speak. With that in mind, we decided to track down some other father-son run companies. Will keeping it in the family help keep these stocks up? 

Use the list below to begin your analysis, and happy Father's Day!

Click on the interactive chart to view data over time. 

 

1. Comcast Corporation ( CMCSA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $136.62B, most recent closing price at $52.67.

Comcast is a family business with the current CEO of Comcast, Brian L. Roberts replaced his father, co-founder Ralph Roberts.

 

2. Ford Motor Co. ( F, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. Market cap at $65.53B, most recent closing price at $16.52.

Ford was started by Henry Ford in 1903. The company was handed down to his son Edsel Ford. Ford was later handed down to Henry Ford II the grandson of Henry Ford making this a three generation legacy company.

 

3. HCA Holdings, Inc. ( HCA, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Offers health care services in the United States. Market cap at $23.1B, most recent closing price at $54.52.

Started in the 1960s by the Frist family, HCA recently had one of the largest initial price offerings of all time. Two Frists currently sit on the board. 

 

4. Icahn Enterprises, L.P. ( IEP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in investment management, automotive, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $11.79B, most recent closing price at $99.70.

Icahn Enterprises was started by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Carl and his son and heir Brett run Icahn Enterprises as well as their other business ventures as father and son.

 

5. The New York Times Company ( NYT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a diversified media company in the United States. Market cap at $2.31B, most recent closing price at $15.58.

The position of publisher at the New York Times has been passed down four generations so far.

 

6. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. Market cap at $242.94B, most recent closing price at $75.73.

Walmart was founded by brothers Bud and Sam Walton. Sam's two living sons serve on Walmart's board of directors and the oldest living son Rob is the chair and his son-in-law also serves on the board. The Walton family together own 50% of the retail giant.

(List compiled by James Dennin. Monthly returns sourced from Zacks Investment Research.)

 

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