Quick Value 2.17.20
[Index | % change WoW ]
S&P 500 | 3380
Dow Jones | 29398
Russell 2000 | 1688
Russell Microcap | 615
10-Year | 1.58%
Gold | 1586
Oil | 52
VIX | 14
A trip abroad this week with a quick look at the UK market… The UK MSCI Index is currently nestled right around 10x earnings… Which is pretty cheap when comparing to the S&P 500 at 19x.
But… the UK is dealing with this whole Brexit thing that may or may not have a large impact on the British economy. For now, GDP has been chugging along just fine and business and consumer sentiment, which fell sharply in 2018, has been stabilizing / rebounding lately.
Most of the Brexit impact is yet to come: separation costs, renegotiated trade agreements, etc. A brief and insightful piece on the potential impacts of Brexit to the UK and EU: link.
Yes, cigarette usage has been declining for many years…
Altria stock has suffered some losses of late, down from $70+ to around $45 per share today. The company invested $13bn for a minority stake in Juul (e-cigarettes) which has seen large write-offs and negative press lately.
Despite this, the positives are fairly overwhelming:
Earnings have been remarkably stable at Altria for a long time and 2019 was no different. Earnings grew 5.8% to $4.22 per share in 2019 making this stock fairly cheap at a 10x PE.
Growth — Outlook anticipates 4-7% earnings growth over the next 3 years
Debt is fairly low at $27bn — Relative to the $11bn in annual EBITDA that is
Dividend yield near 7.5% today — Management is committed to the dividend and has increased 5% in the past year and 8-10% over the past 3-4 years
As a bonus, Altria owns a $14bn stake in Anheuser-Busch — 16% of the current market cap
If one can get over the “sin stock” aspect of the business, then Altria looks like a reasonable bet. Check out their Q4 earnings release for more details: link.