5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Philip Morris

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYS: 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

Headquarters (Founded)New York (1987)
Market Cap$133.2 billion
IndustryTobacco
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$30.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)
CFO Hermann Waldemer (since 2008)
Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)31.9%
Cash/Debt$3.39 billion / $17.8 billion
Dividend Yield4%
CompetitorsBritish American Tobacco (ASE: BTI)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,749 CAPS members who have rated Philip Morris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DooDeeHead and DanFPilot.

Earlier this fall, DooDeeHead touched on the tailwinds working in Philip Morris' favor:

[T]he world population is growing faster and faster every day. You know what that means: MORE SMOKERS! Marlboro is the number one smoked brand in the world for a reason, and it is why I will stick to Phillip Morris for now.

Philip Morris even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 41%. That's higher than that of other tobacco stocks like British American (32%) and Reynolds American (NYS: RAI) (30%), as well as former parent Altria (NYS: MO) (38%).

CAPS member DanFPilot elaborates on the ultra-long-term bull case:

[Philip Morris] is a very profitable company and it has already shown to be good at growing its earnings. It pays an excellent dividend. ... Smoking may be taboo here in the U.S. but in the rest of the world, not so much. ... I don't see smoking ever going away, at least not in the forseeable future. I am currently 39 and I plan to keep this stock until the day I die and will leave it to my daughter. I'm willing to bet that I will collect a whole lot of dividends that will consistently be increased. This stock along with other dividend stocks I own will provide a much better retirement income for me than Social Security ever will.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Philip Morris and Altria. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Philip Morris. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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