SMG - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
101.93
+0.33 (+0.32%)
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Previous Close101.60
Open101.76
Bid0.00 x 800
Ask0.00 x 900
Day's Range100.70 - 102.71
52 Week Range57.96 - 114.63
Volume502,346
Avg. Volume508,149
Market Cap5.657B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.08
PE Ratio (TTM)15.40
EPS (TTM)6.62
Earnings DateNov 6, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.32 (2.28%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-26
1y Target Est111.00
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Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG)Land is important, but cannabis industry relies on increasing production and multiple harvests per year to maximize revenue. This requires greenhouses and other controlled growing facilities – letting the plants grow wild outdoors simply won’t cut it. And greenhouses are where Scotts Miracle-Gro comes in.The company may be best known for its Miracle-Gro weed killer and other home gardening products, but its Hawthorne subsidiary is deeply involved in the cannabis industry. Where IIPR provides the real estate needed by the growers, Scotts provides the hydroponic and lighting systems necessary for large-scale indoor cultivation of cannabis. In fact, the company’s annual sales growth of hydroponic systems has outpaced that of traditional lawn and garden gear for the last three years. In a 2016 interview, CEO Jim Hagedorn laid out a vision of marijuana ancillary products as the future of his company: “We’re doing it. It’s beyond stopping. And we’re not getting into pot growing. We’re talking dirt, fertilizer, pesticides, growing systems, lights. You know it’s a multibillion-dollar business...”Hagedorn’s bullish stand on cannabis has borne fruit. SMG’s fiscal Q3 earnings, reported at the end of July, showed a 14% positive surprise – EPS came in at $3.11 against a forecast of $2.71. The Q3 earnings were up 16% from the year-ago quarter. Shares in SMG are up 76% year-to-date.Despite the strong earnings and the increasing sales in grow supplies, the most recent analyst takes on SMG are exact opposites. Merrill Lynch’s Christopher Carey gives the stock a Sell rating, and a low price target of $96. He bases his stance on the declining outlook in cannabis stocks over the last two quarters.5-star analyst William Chappell, of SunTrust Robinson, sees a better future for SMG. He gives the stock a Buy rating, raised his price target by 20%, to $120. He writes, “The continued profitability progression in the Hawthorne segment is an important factor for the stock in quarters to come.” Chappell’s price target suggests a 10% upside to SMG stock.Shares in SMG are selling for $108.50, just above the $108 average target. SMG is up 5.6% since its July 31 Q3 earnings report. KushCo Holdings, Inc. (KSHB)Land and growing facilities aren’t the only support services that the cannabis industry needs. Containers, packaging, and vaporizer products are essential for the medical cannabis segment, for shipping the product and for customer use. KushCo fills this need for the industry.Supporting the cannabis industry has been lucrative. KushCo reported record earnings in its fiscal Q3, of $41.5 million. On the down side, the company is operating at a loss, and reported a net loss per share of 12 cents. This was an improvement of 2 cents per share from the year-ago quarter. 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But all 10, at the least, have a strong bull case.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Tilray (TLRY)Source: Jarretera / Shutterstock.com To be clear, marijuana producer Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) is not for the faint of heart. It may not even be a buy just yet, as the chart of TLRY stock is a classic falling knife.This, after all, is a stock that looked like a bubble less than a year ago. TLRY stock went from $20 to $300 in a matter of weeks. Since then, shares have done nothing but fall.That crazy trading likely colors Tilray stock in the mind of some investors. And with cannabis sentiment clearly negative, particularly among the larger names, it continues to be the victim of a steady sell-off. A Q2 report this month that investors took as disappointing certainly didn't help.But as I wrote after earnings, there's actually an interesting strategic play here. 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Yet it trades at just 18x the midpoint of that guidance, backing out net cash.This indeed seems like a 'set it and forget it' play. It's well-managed. The Columbia brand has real value. The need for outdoor wear is unlikely to decline. And the combination of a reasonable valuation and strong growth provides a compelling entry point below $100. JetBlue Airways (JBLU)Source: Roman Tiraspolsky / Shutterstock.com Airline stocks like JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) can be difficult investments. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A,NYSE:BRK.B) famously ignored the space for years before entering the sector in 2016.Buffett's prior logic was that airlines had too much cyclical exposure, capital needs that were too intensive, and too often went bankrupt. 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The second is that it looked the way before, too -- and SMG stock promptly plunged.Indeed, SMG stock soared to an all-time high in 2017 on the back of cannabis optimism. Two acquisitions had positioned the company to be a key supplier to the industry.But execution was lacking. Scotts Miracle-Gro's CEO even held an expletive-laden conference call to express his frustration with the marijuana-facing Hawthorne unit.Since then, however, Scotts Miracle-Gro seems back on track. And the stock reflects that: SMG shares have risen 74% so far this year. Some of that increase is coming from better execution. But some might be coming from increasing optimism that a stronger Hawthorne unit can better benefit from cannabis growth in Canada and the U.S. * 7 Things to Know About the History of Overstock and Patrick Byrne And that is a risk, particularly with SMG trading at 24x the midpoint of FY19 earnings guidance. But there also are huge growth opportunities here, both in the cannabis space and in the traditional lawn care category. If Scotts can take advantage of those opportunities, the stock can move higher. And recent performance suggests that it will. Mohawk Industries (MHK)Source: IgorGolovniov / Shutterstock.com Shares of Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) just bounced off a six-year low - and perhaps for good reason.The company's own CEO called the environment "difficult" in the company's Q2 release in July. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is an opportunity for Mohawk -- but also a challenge, as it cannibalizes existing sales in ceramic and porcelain tile.But there's a case to buy the dip here. Mohawk isn't terribly leveraged, with debt-to-EBITDA under 2x even after disappointing first-half results. P/E is under 11x. 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The shift to 'omnichannel retailing' may work for the likes of Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT), for smaller subscale specialty retailers simply results in lower margins and smaller earnings.But American Eagle isn't your standard mall retailer. The legacy nameplate continues to drive positive same-store sales and solid online growth, a combination few of its rivals can match. Meanwhile, its aerie unit continues to take market share from L Brands (NYSE:LB) unit Victoria's Secret.There's not much reason to see either of trends ending any time soon. American Eagle's denim business is benefiting from a resurgence in that category. Weakness at rival Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) and Aeropostale suggests market share gains should continue. Aerie continues to post double-digit growth in same-store sales. 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