Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Philip Morris International's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Philip Morris facts


New York, N.Y. (spun off from Altria, March 2008)

Market Cap

$85.9 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$25.5 billion


CEO Louis Camilleri
CFO Hermann Waldemer

Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital


Dividend Yield



British American Tobacco (AMEX:BTI)
Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI)

CAPS members bullish on PM also bullish on:

Altria (NYSE:MO)
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

CAPS members bearish on PM also bearish on:

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX)
Citigroup (NASDAQ:C)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, some 97% of the 295 All-Star members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include JPRutledge and ikkyu2, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Late last month, JPRutledge wrote that Philip Morris "is a solid dividend payer with impressive growth prospects for a large multinational. Additionally, I find its current valuation quite promising for sizable long term appreciation to compliment its EPS growth and seemingly guaranteed annual dividend expansion."

In a pitch from three days ago, ikkyu2 makes a more careful call, weighing the stock's pros and cons:

Cautiously back into this one. Global anti-tobacco efforts are a major long-term threat, and so is a 79% debt-to-equity ratio in this current low rate environment; but a 5.3% yield for a stock with these kinds of global growth opportunities presents a very attractive investment.

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