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Oct 23, 2023
Philip Morris Raises Adjusted Diluted EPS Outlook
On October 19, Philip Morris reported excellent third-quarter 2023 results that showed currency-neutral revenue advancing 16.4%, and non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share beating the consensus forecast, increasing more than 20% to $1.67 per share. The company continues to benefit from strong pricing across its combustible tobacco portfolio, its integration of its purchase of Swedish Match, and the popularity of its nicotine pouch ZYN, where shipment volume in the U.S. increased ~66% from the year-ago period.
Jul 24, 2023
Philip Morris’ Cash-Flow Dividend Coverage Resilient, ZYN Performance Impressive
Image Source: Philip Morris. Our fair value estimate for Philip Morris stands at $105 per share, and we don’t expect to make any material changes to our valuation of the company following the quarterly report. Philip Morris’ combustible tobacco revenue continues to be strengthened by pricing power, while its smoke-free momentum, particularly with ZYN, continues. Though adjusted financial measures continue to look good at Philip Morris, more and more we’re paying closer attention to reported diluted earnings per share, which will face material pressure in 2023 ($5.36-$5.45 per share) compared to $5.81 per share in 2022. The company’s free cash flow remains robust, but its total debt levels are not ideal, in our view. Philip Morris is trading just shy of $100 with a dividend yield of ~5.2% at the time of this writing.
May 30, 2023
Paper: Value and Momentum Within Stocks, Too
Abstract: This paper strives to advance the field of finance in four ways: 1) it extends the theory of the “The Arithmetic of Active Management” to the investor level; 2) it addresses certain data problems of factor-based methods, namely with respect to value and book-to-market ratios, while introducing price-to-fair-value ratios in a factor-based approach; 3) it may lay the foundation for academic literature regarding the Valuentum, the value-timing, and ultra-momentum factors; and 4) it walks through the potential relative outperformance that may be harvested at the intersection of relevant, unique and compensated factors within individual stocks.
Apr 20, 2023
Philip Morris’ First-Quarter 2023 Results Just Okay
Image: Philip Morris’ smoke-free product portfolio. Image Source: Philip Morris 2022 Form 10-K. We like that Philip Morris has raised its quarterly dividend by more than 170% since it became a public company in 2008, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of ~7.5%, and further growth in the dividend payout should ensue. The company’s Dividend Cushion ratio stands at 1.0, but the mediocre ratio is more of a function of the company’s large net debt position than anything else, as free cash flow generation remains robust. Shares of Philip Morris yield ~5% at the time of this writing.
Feb 20, 2023
Phillip Morris’ Acquisition of Swedish Match Accelerates Smoke-Free Push
Image Source: Phillip Morris. On February 9, Phillip Morris reported fourth-quarter 2022 results. The company’s performance continues to be impacted by the War in Ukraine. Net revenue growth came in at 0.6% for the quarter, while operating income fell 0.8%. However, excluding sales in Russia and Ukraine, net revenue growth advanced 7.9% in the quarter, while operating income growth advanced 10.3%, a much better showing on an adjusted basis. Smoke-free products accounted for ~36.0% of total net revenue in the period. We continue to like Phillip Morris as an income idea, with shares yielding ~5% at the time of this writing. Our fair value estimate stands at ~$105 per share.
Oct 30, 2022
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Oct 20, 2022
Announcing Valuentum’s Customer Appreciation Day Winners!
Let's see who won an autographed copy of Value Trap and what they said about Valuentum's research! We applaud all of our members in their quest to preserve and generate long-term wealth. Keep going strong!
Oct 20, 2022
Philip Morris Is One of Our Favorite High-Yielding Income Generation Ideas
Image Shown: Philip Morris International Inc expects alternative nicotine products will grow at a robust pace over the coming years, with an eye towards heated tobacco units and oral nicotine products. By capitalizing on those opportunities, the company aims to diversify its revenues away from traditional cigarette sales. Image Source: Philip Morris International Inc – 2021 Investor Day Event Presentation. Philip Morris is a strong cash flow generator with ample pricing power and a bright growth outlook. Underlying demand for its IQOS heated tobacco offerings remains robust and demand for its traditional cigarette offerings is holding up well, even in the face of substantial inflationary pressures weighing negatively on consumer spending power around the global. Philip Morris’ near term guidance indicates that it should remain a strong free cash flow generator in 2022, allowing the firm to stay on top of its payout obligations. Management remains committed to rewarding income seeking shareholders, and we continue to like exposure to shares of Philip Morris in our High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio.
Oct 19, 2022
New Payment Option! Valuentum Research Update!
We're excited to say that we're adding additional payment flexibility at Valuentum. Many members have expressed interest in paying via other providers, and we have added Square to the mix. You can use credit or debit card or bank (ACH) to pay via invoice. With all of the goings-on in the financial technology and payments space, we wanted to continue to provide members options to pay their memberships how they want and through who they want. You can always reach out to us at email@example.com.
Aug 19, 2022
Nelson: The 16 Most Important Steps To Understand The Stock Market
Image Source: Tim Green. We outline the '16 Most Important Steps to Understand the Stock Market.' We think it's important to take a read of these key stock market tenets when things are going great -- and perhaps even more important when things aren't going your way. This continues to be a working document.
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