In hard times cigarette manufacturers and other so named sin tobacco stocks can be a harmless haven for tobacco investors, since people inclined not to quit their bad habits.
That’s been correct of Philip Morris International. The world’s biggest openly traded tobacco industry has been on a sidereal run since 2008, when it was turned off to sell famous brands like Marlboro out of the U.S. while ex-parent Altria peddles them inside the country.
The big issue: As cigarettes growth slows in well-known markets, can new ones keep tobacco sales, and the products price, burning?
Europe, accounting for 30 percent of tobacco sales, had been Philip Morris’ biggest tobacco market, but growth there is sluggish: Company profit was up only 4.6 percent year ago.
In Asia cigarettes sales were up approximately 35 percent in 2011, because more tobacco consumers visited tobacco markets in Indonesia which offer premium smoking brands. Wells Fargo and Bonnie Herzog both analysts hope that profit from Asia by 2020 will be doubled to $18.7 billion.
Philip Morris has a private business on the Chinese Tobacco Market, which has been blocked to newcomers: Its new junction chance with China’s cigarettes company which will let them sell the Marlboro smoking brand there. Still, Morgan Stanley analyst David Adelman declared that it could be 10 to 20 years before cigarettes sales in China have a real influence.
Raises in the already essential high taxes collected by cigarettes manufacturers could hurt tobacco sales, especially for premium smoking brands, because some smokers continue to smoke and purchase cheaper brands.