Commodity Channel Index
|Bid||0.0000 x 29200|
|Ask||0.0000 x 3200|
|Day's Range||3.4600 - 3.8800|
|52 Week Range||3.0200 - 13.8200|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.05|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||May 11, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Feb 14, 2020|
|1y Target Est||6.83|
Shares of Coty (COTY) rose by 15% on Friday to $3.85, after the company announced that its Kylie Skin products are now available at Douglas, a beauty retailer with around 2,400 locations across Europe. The announcement boosted Coty's valuation by a full $300 million. Douglas will offer six different products from the Kylie Skin line, including the Foaming Face Wash, Walnut Face Scrub, Face Moisturizer, Eye Cream, Vanilla Milk Toner and Vitamin C Serum.“We have started to build a strong foundation to support our strategic partnership with Kylie Jenner. The launch of Kylie Skin in Europe is a next step as we accelerate the integration and build Kylie Jenner’s beauty businesses into a global powerhouse brand,” said Simona Cattaneo, President of Luxury Brands at Coty.Coty acquired a controlling stake in Kylie Jenner's cosmetics startup, Kylie Cosmetics, last November for $600 million. The deal increased the company's debt load, but at the time management indicated that it expected its return on invested capital to exceed the associated cost by 2023.The stock fell significantly two weeks ago when Coty reported subpar quarterly results, revealing stalling revenue growth and falling net income. The stock has suffered through a very difficult year on Wall Street; even with Friday's jump, shares are down over 70% in the last year.TipRanks data reveals a Hold consensus for Coty. Yet with the dramatic decline COTY shares has experienced of late, the analyst price target for COTY still represents 57% upside at $5.89 per share over the coming 12 months. (See COTY stock analysis on TipRanks)."Difficult operating environment for COTY and unfortunately things will likely get worse before they get better" summed up RBC Capital's Nik Modi. However, the stock's lone bull added that he believes "management is making the right structural decisions (i.e. cost cutting, shifting decision making to be more local, partnership with KKR) to position the Company well for a post-COVID environment."As a result Modi lowered his FY'20 sales/EBIT estimates, but left his price target unchanged at $8 (113% upside potential).Related News: Beleaguered Hertz Sinks 36% In After-Market On Bankruptcy Protection Filing Facebook Invests An Eye-Watering $5.7B in India’s Jio Platforms Tesla Asks China to Build Model 3 Cars with LFP Batteries - Report More recent articles from Smarter Analyst: * Blackstone-Backed Phoenix Snaps Up 650 Wireless Towers, Analyst Upgrades BX To Buy * Regeneron and Sanofi’s Dupixent Shows ‘Positive’ Trial Data, Meets Co-Primary Endpoints * Novavax Begins Human Testing For Covid-19 Vaccine, Expects Results In July * Molson Coors Suspends Dividend; Cuts Costs By $200M
Coty Inc. (NYSE:COTY) announces today the launch of Kylie Skin at Douglas, making one of the fastest-growing and most-engaged beauty brands on social media available to customers in Europe.
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Blame Jerome Powell, who called for more fiscal stimulus while leaving open questions of what the Federal Reserve can still do to boost the economy. Blame tensions between the U.S. and China, which continue to rise. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has slumped 510.37, or 2.2%, while the S&P 500 has fallen 2%, and the Nasdaq Composite has dropped 2.2%.
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said that “we have prevailed” as U.S. deaths from the coronavirus exceeded 80,000 -- a remark he later said pertained only to testing for the infection. The White House ordered staff to wear a face mask after Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for the virus last week.New York state will begin to reopen in some regions on Friday, though New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak, will likely see its lockdown extended into June. Wuhan, where the epidemic began, reported its first new infections since the Chinese city ended its lockdown last month.Russia reported a record number of new cases in one day as it emerged as a new hub of the outbreak in Europe, though the spread slowed elsewhere on the continent. France, Switzerland and Greece are loosening restrictions. The U.K. outlined a plan to ease the country’s lockdown in phases, as its premier urged Britons to prepare for a new normal.Key Developments:Virus Tracker: Cases top 4.1 million; deaths exceed 284,000NYC had 24,172 excess deaths as outbreak acceleratedInfections near meat plants twice U.S. rate after Trump orderSleuthing at funeral parlors to track nursing homes’ tollWhat we don’t know about coronavirus origins might kill usEurope faces more slog than snapback in economySubscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click VRUS on the terminal for news and data on the coronavirus. See this week’s top stories from QuickTake here.Trump Says ‘We Have Prevailed’ (5:30 p.m. NY)President Donald Trump declared at a White House news conference on the coronavirus outbreak that “we have prevailed,” as U.S. deaths from the disease exceeded 80,000 -- a remark he later said pertained only to testing for the infection.“Thanks to the courage of our citizens and our aggressive strategy, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved,” Trump said. “In every generation, through every challenge and hardship and danger, America has risen to the task, we have met the moment and we have prevailed.”Asked later about his remark that the U.S. had “prevailed,” Trump said he was only talking about testing for the virus. The U.S. didn’t exceed 100,000 coronavirus tests performed until March 19, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project, but more than 300,000 tests were conducted daily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.White House Orders Staff to Wear Masks (4:40 p.m. NY)The White House ordered everyone entering the West Wing to wear a face mask after Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus last week. The announcement was made in a memo addressed to staff on Monday, according to two people, and said employees didn’t need face coverings while working at their desks.“Staff who sit in the West Wing are not required to wear a facial covering while at their desk if they are appropriately socially distanced from their colleagues,” the memo from the White House Management Office reads.“Unless you absolutely need to conduct in-person business in the West Wing, we respectfully ask you to avoid unnecessary visits,” it added.U.S. to Distribute $11 Billion in Test Funding (4:30 p.m. NY)The Trump administration plans to distribute $11 billion to states for coronavirus testing, according to senior administration officials.The $11 billion is part of the CARES Act stimulus package. It will be distributed under a formula that reflects the burden of Covid-19 as well as population-based estimates, the officials said. The administration plans to release details about the distribution in the next day or two, the officials said.Western States Ask Congress for $1 Trillion in Aid (4:05 p.m. NY)Five Western states have sent a letter to Congress asking for $1 trillion in “direct and flexible relief” for local and state governments trying to recover from the coronavirus outbreak.The letter, which was addressed to congressional leadership including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was signed by the governors of the Western States Pact -- a group of states that has banded together to organize their Covid-19 response.California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the letter during his daily press briefing Monday, and it was also signed by the governors of Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. They are seeking the funding for all 50 states.“This aid would preserve core government services like public health, public safety, public education and help people get back to work,” the letter reads. “Red and blue states alike all are faced with the same Covid-19 math.”U.S. Confirmed Cases Rise 1.3% (4 p.m. NY)U.S. cases rose 1.3% from the day before to 1.34 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. That was down from Sunday’s growth rate of 1.8% and the lowest daily increase since April 30.New York added 1,660 cases on Sunday, the smallest number since mid-March, and 161 additional deaths, the lowest since late March.Florida reported 40,982 cases, up 1% from a day earlier, according to the state’s health department. Deaths reached 1,735, an increase of 0.8%.California’s cases rose 1.9% to 67,939 while deaths rose 0.9% to 2,770, according to the state’s website.Ontario Cases Fall as Quebec Struggles (3:55 p.m. NY)Ontario reported the lowest number of new cases in six weeks as Canada’s most populous province gradually reopens. Curbside retail, hardware stores and some construction projects have been allowed to restart business. The province expects to announce a plan next week for schools, which have been closed since mid-March, Doug Ford, the province’s premier, said.Meanwhile in Quebec, Premier Francois Legault said the situation in Montreal remains concerning. As schools and shops open in the rest of the province, residents and businesses of Canada’s second-largest city are scheduled to continue under tighter restrictions until May 25.Twitter to Tag Misleading Virus Posts (1:55 p.m. NY)Twitter Inc. will label some misinformation that’s confusing or misleading, increasing the likelihood that more Covid-19 tweets will be marked or taken down. Previously, Twitter reserved that for posts posing a direct threat to safety. The new label will apply to tweets that are “less severe” but “where people may still be confused or misled,” the company said in a blog post.Twitter, like Facebook Inc., has been trying to curb the spread of incorrect data and misleading material, relying on public health authorities to determine what may be misleading.N.Y. to Start Some Reopenings Friday (1:04 p.m. NY)Certain businesses in New York state -- including construction, curbside retail, drive-in movie theaters and some recreational activities -- will reopen this week on a regional basis, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Each area will have to meet seven criteria, including low rates of virus-related hospitalizations and having certain testing and tracing measures in place. There will be control rooms to monitor each area’s reopening, ensuring they meet the metrics, the governor said in his daily briefing.Cuomo has said that it would be a “miracle” if hard-hit New York City were ready to reopen on May 15. Earlier today, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s lockdown is likely to continue into June.Risk of Transmission Will Rise Again: WHO (1 p.m. NY)As countries ease restrictions and people mix more, the risk of transmission will rise again, said Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program. The question is whether countries can identify and isolate clusters of cases so the transmission doesn’t reach previous rates, he said.“Shutting your eyes and trying to drive through this blind is about as silly an equation I’ve seen,” Ryan said. “I’m really concerned that certain countries are setting themselves up for some seriously blind driving over the next few months.”Ryan also said the idea that countries with lax measures will “all of a sudden magically reach some herd immunity” is a “really dangerous calculation” as it would involve many deaths.“People are growing tired, we understand, but we need to have people stay with us,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19.Italy Sees Fewest Cases Since March 4 (12:19 p.m. NY)Italy registered 744 new cases, the lowest number since March 4, on Monday, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte struggles to finalize a 55 billion-euro ($59 billion) stimulus package to rescue an economy stricken by the lockdown. Confirmed cases total 219,814. Daily fatalities rose to 179 from 165 on Sunday, with a total of 30,739 reported since the start of the pandemic in late February. The number of patients in intensive care fell to 999, marking the first time in two months it’s fallen below 1,000.Florida Cases Rise 1% as Reopening Expands (12:07 p.m. NY)Florida reported 40,982 Covid-19 cases on Monday, up 1% from a day earlier. Deaths among Florida residents reached 1,735, an increase of 0.8%.Florida allowed salons and barber shops to reopen Monday in most parts of the state, a week after retailers and restaurants were permitted to start back up. Florida’s three most populous counties were initially held back from the first phase of reopening, but one of them -- Palm Beach County -- started up again Monday. Miami-Dade and Broward are expected to follow on May 18.NYC Likely in Lockdown Into June (11:13 a.m. NY)New York City’s lockdown is likely to continue into June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. While some parts of the state, which has been under lockdown since March, will be able to reopen from Friday, the city hasn’t made enough progress in cutting down on new cases, even as hospital and intensive-care admissions fall.“June is when we’re potentially going to make changes if we make real progress,” the mayor said at his daily briefing Monday. “We have to keep bringing it back to the science and the data.”De Blasio also said health officials will turn to dozens of small private neighborhood medical practices to aid in testing, contact tracing and outpatient care.Clinics throughout the city will be provided with protective gear, including 120,000 surgical masks per week, and 150 will receive training to offer remote care through telemedicine, de Blasio said. The practices will also have access to hotels to isolate patients who live in crowded households, he said.Extra HIV Deaths Foreseen Amid Drug Shortages (9:50 am NY)The World Health Organization and UNAIDS estimated that a six-month disruption of supplies of antiretroviral therapies could lead to 500,000 extra deaths from HIV in sub-Saharan Africa if countries don’t take action. That’s more than the total number of deaths from HIV in the region in 2018. About 25.7 million people live with HIV in that area, where supplies may be disrupted because HIV services are closed or because of shortages. Some antiretrovirals are being used to treat Covid-19.“The Covid-19 pandemic must not be an excuse to divert investment from HIV,” Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS, said in a statement.Putin Ends National Stay-at-Home Period (9:35 a.m. NY)Russian President Vladimir Putin ended his national stay-at-home period after six weeks, putting the responsibility for restrictive measures on regional leaders, even as the number of infections surged past most European countries.The number of confirmed cases in Russia rose by 5.6% to 221,344 on Monday, surpassing Italy, France and the U.K. Russia has been recording more than 10,000 new cases a day for more than a week, but the growth has been slowing. Total fatalities rose to 2,009 after 94 more people died.Gilead’s Drug Seen in Short Supply (9:20 a.m. NY)The U.S. will get less than half of Gilead Sciences’ worldwide donation of 1.5 million vials of its Covid-19 medicine over the next six weeks, which isn’t expected to be enough to treat all the patients who would qualify for it.Gilead is donating about 607,000 vials of its remdesivir in the U.S. during that time frame. That’s enough to treat 78,000 hospitalized patients, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Health officials authorized emergency use of the treatment earlier this month.Wear Face Masks for Long Haul: U.K.’s Johnson (9 a.m. NY)Britons should wear face coverings in enclosed spaces and prepare for a different kind of normal that may last for a year or more, Boris Johnson’s government said as he published a road map for the national recovery from coronavirus.Johnson said social-distancing measures are likely to be needed for the foreseeable future, with people continuing to work from home where they can, until a vaccine or drug treatment can be found. The government aims to allow shops to reopen next month and pubs after July 4.Among the options under consideration is the idea of allowing households to mix, potentially forming “bubbles” with another household. That would allow two households to share childcare, helping parents go back to work, the document said.U.K. jury trials will resume as soon as May 18, Ian Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, said Monday in a separate statement. The new trials will still have 12 jurors and use social distancing and other measures to ensure safety.Deaths in the U.K. rose by 210 to 32,065, after an increase of 269 the day before.Wuhan Sees First New Cases Since Lockdown (8:18 a.m. NY)Wuhan reported the first new cases since ending its 76-day lockdown on April 8. The six locally transmitted cases, reported on May 9 and 10, were found in people already under quarantine who were asymptomatic before testing positive, according to the local government. Although the new cases are few and appear under control, they serve as a reminder of the risks China faces as it tries to reopen an economy that has seen its worst contraction since 1992.Marriott Demand Slumps, Coty-KKR in Deal (7:35 a.m. NY)Marriott International Inc. saw its business crater in April, with travel virtually shut down around the world. Revenue per available room, a measure of occupancy and pricing, decreased 90% in April, a sign that the company faces a tough road to recovery from the pandemic.Continental Resources Inc., the oil producer founded by billionaire Harold Hamm, is curtailing 70% of its operated output in May. Under Armour plans to reduce its planned operating expenses by about $325 million by reducing bonus compensation for some employees, temporary layoffs and limiting additional spending. However, AutoNation, the biggest car dealership chain in the U.S., said car sales have already started to pick up in the end of April as shutdown orders eased.Coty Inc. shares surged after the cosmetics company agreed to sell beauty and hair-care brands including Wella to KKR & Co. in a deal that will also include an investment in the cosmetics company by the buyout firm. Sales in the quarter slumped 23%.Commerzbank AG abandoned its planned sale of Polish subsidiary mBank SA, saying the coronavirus outbreak has made it impossible to attract a worthwhile offer.India May Allow Some Domestic Flights (6:58 a.m. NY)India is considering allowing some domestic flights to resume on May 18 or earlier as the government looks to reopen a key part of the economy and provide relief to airlines, which haven’t been able to fly since March because of a nationwide lockdown, according to people familiar with the matter.The Ministry of Civil Aviation is in talks with airlines, travel agents and the federal home ministry about the move, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations aren’t public. A decision may come Monday, they said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with state chief ministers this afternoon.Macy’s Attracts Billionaire Investors (6:54 a.m. NY)Macy’s Inc., one of the U.S. retailers struggling as the pandemic crimps demand, attracted Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, whose investment vehicle bought a stake to engage in “constructive discussions” with management. Macy’s is seeking additional sources of financing to meet its obligations as many of its brick-and-mortar stores remain closed.Vesa Equity, the investment vehicle for Kretinsky and partner Patrik Tkac, amassed a 5% stake in Macy’s, according to a securities filing. The purchase makes it one of the company’s top five shareholders, according to Bloomberg data.Deutsche Bank Offers Bond to Bolster Capital (6:24 a.m. NY)Deutsche Bank AG is offering a subordinated bond to boost its capital ratio as the bank girds itself for the deepest recession in almost a century. The bond, known as Tier 2, “will increase Deutsche Bank’s total capital ratio” and “improve its buffer versus regulatory capital requirements,” the lender said.Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing recently said that increased lending and higher credit provisions due to the coronavirus will cause the bank’s capital buffers to temporarily fall below the minimum threshold he set. Germany’s largest lender was already dipping into its capital reserve before the crisis to pay for the deep restructuring that the CEO revealed last summer.New Virus Cases in Indonesia Rise (6:13 a.m. NY)The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia neared 1,000 as more cases were confirmed across the archipelago, with President Joko Widodo expressing disappointment over the slow progress in expanding testing for the disease. Eighteen people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 991. The total number of positive cases rose by 233 to 14,265.With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing, Jokowi, as Widodo is known, called for scaling up the nation’s diagnostic capacity, saying the daily testing of 4,000-5,000 specimens was “far below our target.”(A previous version corrected the average weekly increase in U.S. cases.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Coty Inc. agreed to sell the Wella and Clairol brands to buyout firm KKR & Co. as part of a $4.3 billion deal including debt, giving the beleaguered cosmetics company a financial infusion as the coronavirus pandemic upends the retail industry.The sale of Coty’s professional beauty and retail hair-care businesses also gives KKR a stake in Coty through $750 million in convertible preferred shares. Coty will carve out Wella into a standalone company in which KKR will acquire a 60% stake, with Coty retaining the rest, according to a statement Monday.Coty is using the opportunity to free itself of the “complexities” tied to the Wella business and let it prioritize investments behind mass beauty and the Kylie Jenner brand, Chief Operating Officer Pierre-Andre Terisse said in an interview. “We wanted to be able to focus on the remainder of categories because we felt we had too many.”The agreement follows a monthslong sale process for the hair and nails business that drew interest from some of the world’s largest buyout firms, as Coty pursues a broader turnaround centered on boosting margins and reducing leverage. The New York-based company took billions of dollars in writedowns last year, before the coronavirus created further challenges from widespread lockdowns and sudden changes in consumer behavior.Coty shares, which were temporarily halted early Monday due to volatility, fell 4.2% at 12:06 p.m. in New York. Through Friday’s close, the shares had declined more than 50% this year, compared to a 9% drop in the S&P 500 Index.‘Declining Traffic’Sales fell sharply in March due to “the broad-based store closures and declining traffic in open retailers,” Coty said in the statement. Revenue in the professional beauty unit slipped 12% in the fiscal third quarter, excluding currency changes and acquisitions, while the luxury operations declined 26% and the consumer division slid 17%.The professional beauty unit generated $361 million in revenue -- about 24% of Coty’s total -- during the three months ended in March.KKR’s plan to acquire control of the hair-care business is subject to limited due diligence. When it signs a definitive deal agreement for the shampoo brands, it will also buy an additional $250 million of Coty convertible preferred shares. KKR will also get two seats on Coty’s board after the deal closes.The deal could result in additional cash proceeds of $3 billion for Coty, helping the company reduce leverage, according to the statement. The cosmetics maker is majority owned by JAB Investments.German shampoo maker Henkel AG and KKR were among suitors for the professional beauty business, though the sales process was complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg News reported last month.(An earlier version of this story corrected the year-to-date move of the S&P 500 Index.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Coty (COTY) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -700.00% and 0.94%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 2020. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Shares of Coty Inc. soared 12% in premarket trading Monday, after the beauty company announced a $750 million equity investment from KKR & Co. Inc. and reported a surprise fiscal third-quarter loss and revenue that fell more than forecast. The investment from KKR will be through convertible preferred shares. Under terms of the investment, Coty and KKR signed a memorandum of understanding in which Coty will sell a majority of its professional beauty and retail hair business, which includes the Wella, Clairol, OPI and ghd brands. Separately, Coty reported a net loss of $271.6 million, or 36 cents a share, after a loss of $12.1 million, or 2 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, the adjusted loss per share was 8 cents, compared with the FactSet consensus of breakeven. Revenue fell 23% to $1.53 billion, below the FactSet consensus of $1.55 billion, as its luxury, consumer beauty and professional beauty segments all missed expectations. The company said it has extended its turnaround plan, including cutting costs by 25% through job cuts and consolidation of its supply network. The stock has plunged 56.5% over the past three months through Friday, while the S&P 500 has lost 12.8%.
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Coty Inc. announced today that Calvin Klein fragrances has achieved a Material Health Certificate at the Silver level from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for Calvin Klein’s first clean and environmentally conscious fragrance, CK EVERYONE Eau de toilette.
Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Coty Inc. New York, April 17, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Coty Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's assessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers, which was followed by a rating committee.
An apparent slowdown in deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 the U.S. epicenter New York weighed against a grim forecast for the global economy and a widening row between President Donald Trump and state governors over how to get Americans back to work.
All the news right now is about the coronavirus and its effect on the economy – and rightly so. The damage – from lockdowns, quarantines, trade and travel restrictions – is unprecedented. US unemployment claims have rocketed in recent weeks, and government data indicates that between 14 and 17 million Americans are unemployed due to the shutdowns. There is no longer any question about hitting a recession – it’s here. What matters now is, how deep will it go, how long will it last, and how steeply will it recover.Stock markets plummeted when the lockdowns began, but last week was Wall Street’s best since 1974. Markets bottomed out on March 23, and what seemed at first to be a ‘bear market rally’ has turned into something more substantial. Traders are taking advantage of low stock prices to position themselves for what the inevitable economic recovery. Of particular interest are dividend stocks, a segment that is showing high upside potential. Dividend stocks offer investors more than just potential for price appreciation – the dividend payout also offers a steady income stream, in good times and bad. These stocks are commonly used as defensive plays, to protect a portfolio’s income qualities when share prices fall.RBC Capital, one of the major names on the Street, sees signs that the markets be starting to heal. Institutional investors have, for the second consecutive week, pushed up their positioning, buying more than selling. And retail investors, in the weekly survey of sentiment, may be showing a return to bullishness. In the latest survey results, bearish sentiment slipped from 52.07% to 49.73%, the first time in three weeks that bearish views had slipped below 50%.So, despite a general sense that the coronavirus impact has pushed us into recession, there are initial signs that we have turned the corner. In line with that, and with the cautiously optimistic tone the bank has taken, RBC’s stock analysts have highlighted three high-quality dividend stocks also offering investors over 20% upside potential. We’ve looked at those stock picks through the lens of the TipRanks database, to find out why they are so compelling. Here are the results.Enbridge, Inc. (ENB)The energy sector is well known for strong cash flows and reliable dividends. Enbridge occupies transport niche, owning and operating North America’s longest transport network for crude oil and other hydrocarbons. The company is flat-out Canada’s largest distributor of natural gas, and provides gas for utilities in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and the US state of New York. The company has three main divisions: liquids pipelines, natural gas pipelines, and utility and power services.Enbridge ended 2019 on a mixed note, with high natural gas pipeline volumes failing to compensate for lower Mainline distribution. Quarterly revenues gained 7% yoy, reaching US$6.7 billion, but missed the forecasts by almost 2%. On a clearly positive note, distributable cash flow – which funds the company’s dividend – rose from US$1.33 billion to US$1.47 billion.For the current quarter, Q1 of calendar 2020, the company has already paid out the dividend – at new rate of 61 cents (US) per share to stockholders of record as of February 14. The dividend annualizes to $2.44, making the yield an impressive 8.5%. This compares favorably to the S&P average dividend of just about 2%, and it is far higher than US Treasury bonds, traditionally a ‘safe haven’ investment but currently yielding less than 1% on average.Covering ENB for RBC, 5-star analyst Robert Kwan sees some risk, but also a company in a powerful position to weather a storm. Kwan writes, referring to the COVID-19 impact, “We expect lower volume on Mainline to be relatively short lived and with that, the financial impact does not appear to be overly material.” Looking ahead, Kwan adds, “…while liquidity questions have more recently come into focus, we note that Enbridge has enough liquidity to fund its 2020 capital plan more than two times, which mitigates exposure to dislocations in the capital markets.” the analyst concluded, "We believe the stock represents significant long-term value with an attractive, well covered dividend."The company’s solid position leads Kwan to maintain his Buy rating, along with a CAD61.00 (US$42.94) price target that implies an upside of 50% from current levels. (To watch Kwan’s track record, click here)Overall, ENB stock has a Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus. This is based on 17 reviews, including 13 Buys balanced against 3 Holds and 1 Sell rating. In New York, shares are selling for $28.70, and the $38.44 average price target suggests room for a 34% upside in the coming 12 months. (See Enbridge’s stock analysis at TipRanks)Altria Group, Inc. (MO)Sin stocks – alcohol and tobacco – are another traditional defensive stock play. It’s long been known that, in hard times, people will give up luxuries – but hang on to the smaller comforts like beer and cigarettes. Altria, the owner of the best-selling Marlboro brand, is an old name in the tobacco industry.The company is also not putting all of its eggs into a single basket. As social pressures have eaten into cigarette sales over recent decades, the company has diversified, taking stakes in JUUL brand e-cigarettes, the Canadian cannabis company Cronos, and the Belgian brewing company ABInBev. Altria has shifted from a pure tobacco giant to a veritable one-stop shop for common vices.It remains a viable business strategy, however. E-cigs, while controversial, are widely touted as a probable successor to traditional cigarettes. Cannabis is a growing niche, now fully legal in Canada and fully or partly legal in a growing number of US states. And by owning both a brewer and a cannabis grower, Altria is positioned to move when the cannabis-infused beverage market opens up.On the negative side, Altria is facing potential Federal Trade Commission litigation, under anti-trust laws, related to its 35% stake in JUUL. The government is contending that the stake unlawfully eliminates competition. It will be at least 9 months before any court hearings even begin, however, and the process will almost certainly be long and drawn out. It remains to be seen if Altria will fight or simply sell back all or part of its stake in JUUL.Heading into the coronavirus quarter, Altria finished 2019 with solid earnings. EPS was $1.02 for Q4 2019, and revenues came in at $4.8 billion. Both numbers were modestly higher than the forecasts. The company held its 84-cent quarterly dividend steady, for the third quarter in a row. The next payment is due out at the end of this month. With an annualized payment of $3.36 per share, MO’s dividend is considered high in absolute terms – but the 8.37% yield is the real attraction.RBC Capital analyst Nik Modi sees the FTC issue as minor in the short-term, saying that it should not impact the stock. Modi writes, “Altria intends to fight the ruling... It should, however, buy them some time to get a more favorable valuation.” He also adds that the company has a firm foundation going forward: “Altria’s core tobacco business (which generates all of the company’s profit) is performing well and cigarette volume declines are moderating, while pricing remains solid.”Modi’s Buy rating on MO stock comes with a $68 price target indicative of a 68% upside potential. (To watch Modi’s track record, click here)Overall, Wall Street is pretty upbeat about the tobacco giant. TipRanks analysis of 11 analyst ratings shows a consensus Moderate Buy rating, with 8 analysts Buying and, 2 recommending Hold, and only 1 saying Sell. The average price target among these analysts stands at $49.36, representing a 22% increase from current levels. (See Altria stock analysis on TipRanks.)Coty, Inc. (COTY)With the third and final stock on this list, we turn to the cosmetics industry. Coty currently holds the largest position globally in the fragrance niche, is the world’s second largest hair care product company, and the third largest cosmetic maker. The company owns well-known brands such as Covergirl, Calvin Klein Fragrances, Clairol, Max Factor, and Wella.A strong stable of popular brand names is a true asset, giving the company a solid position in its niche. COTY brought in 27 cents per share in its fiscal Q2 report, beating both the forecast and the year-ago numbers by 12.5%. Revenues edged over the estimates, reaching $2.35 billion, but were down year-over-year.For such a large company, COTY shares are priced low. The easy cost of entry, however, is paired with an 8.3% dividend yield and a 3-year history of dividend growth. The shares currently pay out 13 cents quarterly, and the 46% payout ratio indicates that the dividend is both affordable and has plenty of room for further growth.Nik Modi covered this stock for RBC, too, and sees it as a net positive in the long run. He writes of COTY, “Coty is constantly innovating and bringing new products to market. The success of these new products is a catalyst for growth… We believe improvements to its leverage ratio and an increase in capital deployment to shareholders through increased share repurchases or dividend payouts could be inflection points for Coty’s multiple.”Modi’s Buy rating here is backed by his $9 price target, which implies a hefty 55% upside potential for the company this year. (To watch Modi’s track record, click here)According to TipRanks, the consensus on Wall Street is that COTY stock is a “hold” for investors. But TipRanks might as well have said “buy” — because analysts, on average, think the stock, currently at $5.79, could zoom ahead to $7.33 within a year, delivering nearly 27% profits to new investors. (See Coty stock analysis at TipRanks)To find good ideas for dividend stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.
Coty Inc. said Tuesday that its board has agreed to cut its cash remuneration for fiscal 2021 by 25%, a cost-saving measure amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company previously approved a 25% pay cut for corporate executives, including Chief Executive Pierre Laubies. Coty brands include CoverGirl and Rimmel. Coty stock is down 48.3% over the past year while the S&P 500 index has fallen 5% for the period.
Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") today downgraded Coty Inc.'s ("Coty") Corporate Family Rating ("CFR") to Caa1 from B2 and its Probability of Default rating to Caa1-PD from B2-PD. At the same time, Moody's downgraded the company's senior secured term loan and revolver to B3 from Ba3 (LGD2), and its unsecured global notes to Caa3 from Caa1 (LGD5). The downgrade reflects Moody's view that Coty's financial leverage will increase because of significant declines in revenue and earnings from retail store closures and reduced demand for the company's products related to efforts to contain the coronavirus.