Friday, February 14, 2014

My Doctor Told Me to Drink Two Shots of Liquor a Day: Time to Buy Liquor Stocks?

 So I went to my doctor for a physical, and he happened to mention to me that it is OK to drink, and I should have a couple glasses a day. (I don't drink and haven't for a long time.) So I said to him, "You mean a couple glasses of red wine?"

Booze is Healthy

And he said, "No, any kind of alcoholic beverage: two glasses of white wine, two beers, two shots of whiskey, whatever." He told me that recent research has shown that very moderate amounts of alcohol of any type can be beneficial for your health.

Relax and Lose Weight

Studies have shown that liquor may help you lose weight, will help relax you (of course), and might even cure blindness. Investors who believe that booze stocks can benefit from these alcohol health benefits, have several choices to choose from. Based on the list of wine and liquor stocks at, there are over a dozen companies in the alcoholic beverage field, and several of them pay dividends.
Jim Beam

One example is Beam, Inc. (BEAM), which is an Illinois based company that produces bourbon whiskey, Scotch whisky, Canadian whisky, and other beverages under the brands of Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Sauza, Courvoisier, Canadian Club, Teacher’s, and Laphroaig. The stock trades at 37 times trailing earnings, has a forward price to earnings ratio of 27, and pays a yield of 1.1%. Earnings for the latest quarter were down 28.5% on a revenue increase of 6.8%.

Jack Daniel's

Brown-Forman Corporation (BF-B) is another liquor distributor which is famous for its Jack Daniel's and Southern Comfort brands. The stock has a price-to-earnings ratio of 28, a forward P/E of 25, and provides a decent yield of 1.6%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 19.1%, with a7.2 % boost in revenues.

 Johnnie Walker

Diageo (DEO) is a London based alcoholic beverage distributor that markets numerous brands of whiskey, including Johnnie Walker Scotch whiskey, Crown Royal Canadian whiskey, JeB Scotch whisky, Buchanan's Scotch whiskey, Windsor Premier Scotch whiskey, and Bushmills Irish whiskey. It also sells vodka, rum, and wine. The stock trades at 19 times trailing earnings, and 17 times forward earnings. It sports a higher-than-industry-average yield of 2.1%. Quarterly earnings rose 5.8% on flat revenues.

More Alcohol

For a free list of wine and liquor stocks, which you can download, sort, and update, go to

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above stocks at the time the article was written. 

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