Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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.

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

Philip Morris facts


New York City

Market Cap

$117.28 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$27.21 billion


Chairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)

CFO Hermann Waldemer (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.7 billion / $16.5 billion

Dividend Yield



British American Tobacco (AMEX: BTI)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,388 members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include AlpineFlower and kbdunn9.

Just last week, AlpineFlower listed three of Philip Morris' positives: "High-yield dividends, widely recognized brand name and large global share."

Philip Morris even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 40.7%. That's higher than that of other tobacco stocks like British American (31.3%), Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) (29.9%), and even former parent Altria (NYSE: MO) (36.6%).

CAPS member kbdunn9 expands on the outperform argument:

Warren Buffett said it best: "I'll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It costs a penny to make. Sell it for a dollar. It's addictive. And there's fantastic brand loyalty." I like [Philip Morris] better than [Altria] for it's international exposure. The tobacco business is still thriving in the US, but I believe there will be less resistance and more growth and opportunity overseas.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Philip Morris is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. The Fool owns shares of Philip Morris and Altria. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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