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It won't be long before the world greets the royal baby.
Kate Middleton will be giving birth to Prince William's baby at some point this summer. We don't know if it will be His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge or Her Royal Highness Princess of Cambridge, but it's a pretty safe bet that the regal kid will be set for life.
Keep that in mind as you decide between a Swarovski-studded highchair and a 24-karat gold rocking horse on the baby registry. Those items do exist, by the way, even if they're not really on the royal registry.
However, as investors, probably the best gift that we can bestow on a newborn is a growth stock. Blue blood or not, equity offers both a shot at capital appreciation as well as appreciation for the capital markets.
Stock certificates can also dress up any nursery, though regal interior designers will probably argue otherwise.
Let's go over five growth stocks that are positioned to grow alongside the royal baby.
1. Disney (NYSE: DIS )
The House of Mouse is the world's largest provider of family entertainment. Sure, the nearest Disney theme park is in France, but good luck avoiding the media giant's growing portfolio of entertainment properties.
It's not about Mickey Mouse and Daisy Duck anymore. Disney has spent billions acquiring Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm to make sure that it has Buzz Lightyear, Iron Man, and Luke Skywalker in its arsenal.
We also can't dismiss ESPN, Disney Channel, and a growing fleet of cruise ships that isn't afraid of crossing the Atlantic from time to time.
Analysts see Disney topping $45 billion in revenue this fiscal year. It's a Mickey Mouse operation, but it's also not.
2. SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA )
The Israeli company behind the namesake soda-making system has made a big splash in the U.S. in recent years, but it's been toiling away in the U.K. for decades.
Really. The next time you're on YouTube, pull up "get busy with the fizzy" clips of the water carbonator's cheesy ads from the 1970s.
Thankfully, SodaStream's systems have grown a sense of fashion and functionality in recent incarnations.
SodaStream has evolved into a global player since going public three years ago, but Western Europe still accounts for 45% of the company's revenue.
Yes, soft drinks aren't the healthiest of beverages. You don't want the royal baby getting busy with the fizzy right away. However, sugary carbonated drinks in moderation are a refreshing part of growing up throughout Europe and most of the world. Access to fresh pop and the freedom to dream up flavor combinations are good ways to quench one's thirst for imagination.
3. Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG )
Chipotle opened its first location in London three years ago, and while the six units in the U.K. haven't taken off the way that the fast-casual concept has with its nearly 1,500 units closer to home, there's something to be said about the cult fave's ability to crank out positive comps on a consistent basis.
Chipotle has become the standard that all fast-casual chains aspire to be. The assembly lines building burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads work at blazing speed, and that's a good thing given the queues that often snake their way to the counter.
Chipotle isn't necessarily a cheap stock. The stock fetches a whopping 36 times this year's projected earnings. That's a multiple as big as one of its signature burritos. However, patient investors -- and that's what all babies are -- should be rewarded as Chipotle continues to work its magic with its namesake chain and its promising ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen sister concept that's just starting to take off.
4. Manchester United (NYSE: MANU )
OK, let's assume that the royal baby will share some degree of pride for one of the most successful franchises in all of sports.
Manchester United has won 61 trophies through its colorful 135-year history. It claims a global community of 659 million followers.
There aren't too many teams where investors can take ownership, and Manchester United is one of the best. Revenue through the first nine months of fiscal 2013 have climbed a healthy 13%.
The shares have been trading in the teens since going public last summer, and while there are naturally concerns about the reasons for a stateside IPO for the celebrated franchise and the soccer club is highly leveraged, Manchester United should prove itself worthy in time. Isn't that what the franchise itself has proved over the years?
5. Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX )
The leading video service was introduced in the U.K. 18 months ago, making it the first international market where Netflix faced existing streaming competition in the form of BSkyB and LOVEFiLM.
Netflix has been able to hold its own. It doesn't break down its subscribers by country, but international subscribers have more than doubled to 7.1 million over the past year. Yes, Netflix is losing money in its overseas operations, but it's more than making up for that with its growing profitability closer to home.
With 36.3 million global streaming subscribers as of its latest quarter, Netflix is far larger than any other aspiring competitor. This is important as it competes for original and first-run content. No one can spend as much as Netflix for fresh programming, and that will continue to pay off over time.
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