Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco giant Altria
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Altria's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Richmond, Va. (1919)|
|Market Cap||$50.3 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$16.9 billion|
Chairman/CEO Michael Szymanczyk (since March 2008)
CFO Howard Willard, III (since January 2011)
|Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)||27.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.7 billion / $12.2 billion|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
I've just come to realize that this company can't lose, the most loyal customers will continue to pay whatever excise taxes and fees that will come from hostile legislation. That's just the reality of the picture, they'll raise prices and the customers will pay the new prices.
Altria's dominance of the U.S. tobacco market, attractive returns on capital, and cheapish valuation continue to support its four-star CAPS status. Thanks to recent share price weakness, Altria's dividend yield (6.3%) is even slightly higher than that of rivals Lorillard (5.8%) and Reynolds (6%), as well as other tobacco plays like British American
Let's face it, Altria is a corporate structure that operates like a trust. [Altria] is willing to pay the U.S. Government big tax dollars annually and pass on the rest to shareholders. Hopefully, our government, which by the way is broke, will realize what a great bargain this is and leave well enough alone.
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