Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) has filed a patent for a toothbrush that will automatically dispense caffeine into your mouth, and therefore you. Caffeine seems to be the latest legal non-prescription drug of choice, with caffeinated chewing gum, potato chips, and candied popcorn. Yes, the FDA is taking a closer look at these products and may be cracking down, yet the point is that caffeine seems to now be ubiquitous.
Are there caffeine investment opportunities? Of course, with almost a couple dozen stocks in the production of coffee and tea, according to the free list of coffee stocks at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, with a half a dozen of them paying dividends. This list doesn't even include Coca Cola (NYSE:KO) or Pepsico (NYSE:PEP), which are major producers of caffeinated soft drinks.
Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is the largest coffeehouse retailer in the world, with outlets in 50 countries and over 18,000 shops worldwide. The stock trades at 32 times trailing earnings and 24 times forward earnings. The stocks sports a yield of 1.3%. Earnings for the latest quarter rose 26% on an 11.3% boost in revenues. The company has $1.7 billion in cash and $570 million in debt.
Coca Cola trades at 18 times forward earnings with a yield of 2.7% and Pepsi has a forward price to earnings ratio of 17 and also has a 2.7% yield.
Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ:HAIN) owns the Celestial Seasonings brand of teas including green teas. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 29, and a forward PE of 23. The stock does not currently pay a dividend.
A major wholesaler of coffee is Coffee Holding Co. (NASDAQ:JVA), which also markets private label coffee and branded coffee in the US and Canada. The company has 90 varieties of raw green coffee beans which it imports from around the world and sold to large and small operators. The stock trades at 26 times trailing earnings and nine times forward earnings. The stock yields 3.4%.
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