MO - Altria Group, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
50.17
+0.40 (+0.80%)
At close: 4:04PM EST

50.17 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 6:05PM EST

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Previous Close49.77
Open49.69
Bid49.98 x 800
Ask50.22 x 800
Day's Range49.45 - 50.29
52 Week Range39.30 - 57.88
Volume8,450,169
Avg. Volume8,185,853
Market Cap93.724B
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.46
PE Ratio (TTM)53.95
EPS (TTM)0.93
Earnings DateJan 29, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield3.36 (6.75%)
Ex-Dividend DateDec 23, 2019
1y Target Est54.61
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    The long overdue rebound in marijuana stocks is finally here. The cannabis sector, led by the segment's most important company, Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), are breaking out in early 2020. Investors are betting that the demand and legislative troubles of 2019 will fade, and the whole industry will rebound in a big way over the next several quarters.Source: Shutterstock This isn't a small breakout, either, but a material one: Canopy Growth stock is already up 12% in 2020. That's basically 1% growth every trading day and represents the most upward momentum this stock has seen since early 2019. And it's worth noting that the move has also been on big volume, so there appears to be a lot of money out there staking big on a huge CGC turnaround.That's the good news for bulls. Here's the better news -- this big Canopy Growth stock turnaround will only get bigger as we go deeper into 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 In a nutshell, favorable fundamental developments in the cannabis market will spark a significant growth trend reversal for Canopy over the next few quarters. This growth trend reversal will converge on what is still a very beaten-up and relatively discounted CGC stock. That convergence will spark a huge rally in shares to levels north of $30.Here's a deeper look. Favorable Fundamentals Will Develop in 2020Thanks to weakening fundamentals in the global cannabis market, Canopy's growth trajectory meaningfully slowed in 2019. I think that will change in 2020. Cannabis market fundamentals will strengthen and Canopy's growth trajectory will meaningfully improve.This thesis breaks down into three components: revenue growth re-acceleration, profit margin stabilization and net loss reduction.First, the introduction of new products like vapes and edibles into the Canadian market, coupled with significant legal retail footprint expansion, will re-ignite demand growth throughout Canada's legal cannabis market over the next few months. At the same time, Canopy Growth will aggressively pivot into the U.S. market with its First & Free hemp product line. Canadian legal demand revival coupled with new U.S. revenue streams will improve Canopy's revenue growth trajectory in 2020.Second, as demand trends in Canada improve in 2020, demand will finally start to catch up to a supply glut in the market. This will lead to more favorable market pricing and higher gross margins for Canopy Growth. Simultaneously, Canopy's 2019 production facilities will start to produce at capacity in 2020, which will also provide a year-over-year margin boost. Net net then, Canopy's 2019 margin headwinds could turn into 2020 margin tailwinds.Third, the combination of revenue growth re-acceleration and profit margin stabilization will lead to Canopy reporting narrower losses. That's a big deal for a hyper-growth, unprofitable company that needs to inch towards profitability in order to justify its valuation. Canopy Growth Stock Will SoarBecause of the three aforementioned fundamental improvements, CGC is set to soar in 2020.The logic is pretty simple. Investors once believed that Canopy would emerge as the top dog in an ultra valuable global cannabis industry. But slowing growth and profitability concerns clouded that bull thesis, and ultimately knocked shares down to $20. Those slowing growth and profitability concerns will ease significantly in 2020. As they do, investors will start to once again buy into the idea that Canopy is going to emerge at the top dog in a huge global cannabis industry.The last time investors believed that, Canopy Growth stock was up at $50. Shares could make a run for that level again as investors once again adopt this bullish mentality amid re-accelerating growth, stabilizing margins and narrowing losses.The numbers are pretty simple, too. Under the paradigm that Canopy will leverage its unparalleled size, resources, partnerships, and distribution to turn into the Altria (NYSE:MO) or Anheuser-Busch (NYSE:BUD) of a several hundred billion dollar global cannabis industry at scale, I think that Canopy reasonably projects to earn $5 in profits per share by fiscal 2030.Based on a forward earnings multiple of 16 and a 10% annual discount rate, that implies a a 2020 price target for Canopy Growth stock of about $33 to $34. 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    Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON), the cannabis company best known for its multi-billion investment from Marlboro maker Altria (NYSE:MO) already is having a good year. Year-to-date, CRON stock is up more than 10%.Source: Shutterstock But Cronos is not alone. Pot stocks are bouncing back in 2020, with the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) up more than 10% already through the first two weeks of the year amid favorable fundamental developments (a handful of marijuana companies reported strong numbers in early 2020) and legal developments (among other things, Illinois just legalized recreational marijuana).Here's my two cents: early 2020 strength in CRON stock will extend into a year-long rally for the resurgent pot stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMy rationale is simple. The whole cannabis sector will bounce back in 2020. 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This market consolidation means that while the cannabis market will grow by leaps and bounds over the next several years, this rising tide won't lift all boats; high-quality boats will rise a bunch, and low-quality boats will fall by the wayside.Cronos is unequivocally one of the high-quality boats in this space for one big reason: the multi-billion dollar investment Altria poured into the company.That huge investment is a vote of confidence from a seasoned and smart management team over at Altria. It's also enough money to shore up the balance sheet for the foreseeable future, absorb cash burn, and ease pressure on the company to cut corners to turn a profit.Most importantly, it gives Cronos ample resources to invest in the cannabis space over the next several years. Only Canopy can rival Cronos in terms of this investment firepower.Ultimately, then, CRON is one of the top two highest quality picks in the cannabis space. 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The Canadian market is attractive, and Aurora has operations around the world, but it's U.S. consumers who could really move the needle for ACB stock, and for the cannabis sector as a whole.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFederal legalization of cannabis seems likely at some point in the future, given steady progress at the state level. A regulated national market in the U.S. would support years, if not decades, of growth for the likes of Aurora, and justify what still look like reasonably high valuations across the sector. * The Top 15 Stocks to Buy in 2020 But it's becoming increasingly clear that Aurora Cannabis stock is not the play for investors bullish on the U.S. cannabis opportunity -- particularly not right now. That in turn creates a key question: if Aurora Cannabis isn't a U.S. play, are other, smaller, markets enough? 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Instead, it's possible that the federal-state battle over cannabis will accelerate, according to Crow's prediction of "increased friction and enforcement" in 2020."Federal and state agencies enforcing existing laws will expose non-compliant state operators," Dickinson Wright Attorney Benton B. Bodamer told InvestorPlace. "Legitimate competition will bring risk of failure in select markets, testing state and federal enforceability of contracts and receivership and bankruptcy protections, even further than last year."If anything, state-level markets may look less attractive by the end of this year. We've already seen massive oversupply in markets like Oregon. As Bodamer notes, it's possible that producers will fail in response. Those failures could expose the issues, such as still-patchwork regulation and unsettled contract law, that persist in state-level markets.On the whole then, the U.S. cannabis market is likely set for a rocky 2020. And so investors buying any cannabis stock based on U.S. opportunities would do well to exercise patience until after the elections at least. Aurora's U.S. ExposureFor Aurora Cannabis in particular, the problem is more significant. Right now, the company simply doesn't have a path to a legitimate presence in the U.S. market.Aurora does have exposure to the American market in two ways. First, the company has an agreement with Australis Capital (OTCMKTS:AUSAF) to buy a significant stake in Australis in the event of U.S. legalization. Australis was spun out from Aurora in 2019, and primarily works in the U.S. cannabis market, including real estate assets. The existing partnership also suggests Australis could be a customer for Canadian-produced cannabis if U.S. regulations end up allowing for imports.Second, Aurora has a partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts league to research the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on athletes. That partnership, as detailed on Aurora's Q4 conference call, aims to "generate the data required to establish CBD as an accepted therapeutic ingredient."Per management, both efforts are part of a broader strategy focused on the U.S.Aurora Chairman Michael Singer said on the Q1 call that when the U.S. strategy is announced some time in the future, "it's going to be very clear as to how this ties together." The U.S. Problem for ACB StockBut investors should be highly skeptical of that statement. Aurora Cannabis's current U.S. presence isn't nearly enough. And it's hamstrung in its ability to expand into the U.S. in force.The two announced U.S. efforts are going to have minimal impact on ACB stock. Aurora's option on Australis is being affected by that company's planned merger with privately held Folium Biosciences, a deal that would give Australis just 11% ownership of the combined company. Aurora can only buy a piece of that equity -- or a low single-digit percentage of the merged business. Even if Australis and Folium combine to become a game-changer for the U.S. market, Aurora won't benefit enough to move the needle on ACB stock.As for the CBD opportunity, a research partnership is nothing close to an actual profit-generating operation. And the U.S. CBD market is a mess, with unclear regulation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a patchwork of state-level regulations. Even industry leader Charlotte's Web (OTCMKTS:CWBHF) has seen its stock decline 71% just since Aug. 5.And even if the market does become clearer, Aurora has no real edge and competition will be intense. Charlotte's Web, Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) and many others have their eye on the market. It's asking a lot for Aurora to outperform so many rivals, including companies that have already established supply and distribution chains when Aurora has not. The Cash IssueThere's another issue, of course: cash. Again, it doesn't seem like Aurora is going bankrupt any time soon, but it does need to conserve capital, and a decent chunk of the cash it's currently holding is going to be burned as the operating business runs at a loss. If Aurora Cannabis wants to enter the U.S. market in earnest, it will either have to spend big and build out its business or acquire an existing operator.Either option would be difficult, since Aurora just doesn't have the balance sheet for a big move, and raising more cash will be exceedingly difficult at this point. The company has already significantly diluted shareholders. Quality sellers are not likely to take risky ACB stock if they can get shares of, say, Cronos, still flush with cash from an investment by Altria Group (NYSE:MO).So it's quite difficult to see how Aurora Cannabis could enter the U.S. market in force any time soon. It doesn't have the leeway to make an acquisition, and it may not even have the capital to invest heavily by 2022 or 2024. Its existing domestic market presence is minimal.That seems like a significant problem for ACB stock going forward, especially when its peers do have U.S. optionality. Most notably, Canopy has a deal with Acreage Holdings (OTCMKTS:ACRGF) to enter the U.S. market in force as soon as federal legalization arrives. Cronos and even Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) will have dry powder to make their own moves.Aurora has no such luxury, with its share price depressed and balance sheet stretched. It will take years to fix both problems. And until then, investors bullish on the U.S. simply need to look elsewhere.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the securities mentioned above. 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