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The war in Ukraine could result in a really serious dent in income at
bringing some in close proximity to-phrase headwinds to the stock, in accordance to J.P. Morgan analyst Jared Dinges.
The analyst downgraded shares of Philip Morris (ticker:
) to Neutral from Obese and cut his price tag focus on to $110 from $130 on Monday. The stock was slipping 6% to $93.76.
Philip Morris’ international department derives about 8% of group sales from Russia and Ukraine put together. More importantly, the two countries account for about 23% of its heated tobacco unit quantity. Heated tobacco goods are essential to Philip Morris’ following-technology development strategy, as they are reportedly significantly less hazardous than cigarettes.
If successful, Philip Morris could hard cash in on nearly $10 billion of cumulative investments in next-gen products and solutions, the analyst reported. But that could acquire for a longer time than expected offered the company’s exposure to Russia and Ukraine.
“The latest tensions in Ukraine has clouded PMI’s ability to achieve its in the vicinity of- and medium-phrase NGP [next generation product] targets,” Dinges wrote.
J.P. Morgan lately lower its Russia GDP advancement forecasts as a result of the sanctions levied against the state. Philip Morris also suspended its functions in Ukraine, such as its factory in Kharkiv, following Russia invaded Ukraine at the stop of February. Specified individuals elements, Dinges no lengthier believes Philip Morris could meet up with its 2022 steerage for heated tobacco items, or its 2021 heated tobacco target.
“NGP momentum is a fundamental pillar in the PMI fairness tale,” he additional.
Ahead of Russia invaded Ukraine, some analysts have been optimistic that the inventory could rally and conduct properly despite rising inflation, supplied the sector’s solid pricing power with out impacting need. Eleven out of the 18 analysts masking the inventory however fee it a Buy, when seven gave it a Maintain ranking, according to FactSet. In December, 13 rated it a Obtain, and 5 rated it a Maintain.
“Beverage and tobacco stocks have some of the greatest exposures to geopolitical impacted marketplaces of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus,” wrote Citigroup analyst Simon Hales on Monday.
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