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), sister company of Altria (NYSE: MO), 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

$102.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$26.9 billion


Chairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)

CFO Hermann Waldemer (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.6 billion / $15.2 billion

Dividend Yield



British American Tobacco (NYSE: BTI)

Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,324 members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star CPACAPitalist and dcrednek.

Less than two months ago, CPACAPitalist explained why Philip Morris is a huge draw:

Apparently cigarettes are addictive! And apparently people in emerging markets like to smoke a lot! [Philip Morris sells] cigarettes to a lot of emerging markets, therefore [Philip Morris] has a captive (almost literally) and large consumer base. That, and its cheap right now. And has a sweet dividend.

Despite sharing the iconic Marlboro brand with Altria and owning about 16% of the non-U.S. cigarette market, Philip Morris currently trades at a slight P/E discount to rivals British American and Reynolds. And while multinational giants like Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) derive 74% of their sales outside of North America, my fellow Fool Andy Louis-Charles recently reminded us that Philip Morris earns 100% of its sales outside the U.S. When you couple that "pure" international exposure with a juicy yield of 4.6%, it's easy to see why Fools like Philip Morris as an ideal way to diversify out of the dollar.

CAPS member dcrednek elaborates:

This company's earnings are strong and predictable. The cash flow generated by [Philip Morris] is monstrous. And given the current state of public finances around the world, I just don't see how many investors can conclude that an investment in [Philip Morris] is a greater risk than, say, US Treasuries, where the 10-year yield is hovering around 2.74%. [Philip Morris] shares would have to be priced at $143.41 in order for its cash yield per share to drop to 2.74%.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Coca-Cola is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. Philip Morris International is a Motley Fool Global Gains recommendation. Coca-Cola is a Motley Fool Income Investor recommendation. The Fool owns shares of Altria, Coca-Cola, and Philip Morris International. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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