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
Chairman/CEO Louis Camilleri (since 2008)
CFO Hermann Waldemer (since 2008)
Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)
$2.2 billion / $16.9 billion
British American Tobacco (ASE: BTI)
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, TMFBiggles tapped Philip Morris as a smooth way to go global: "A long-term vice play in a number of markets where smoking isn't demonized the way it is in America."
Philip Morris even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 41.2%. That's higher than that of other tobacco stocks like British American (32.4%), Reynolds American (NYS: RAI) (29.8%), and even former parent Altria (NYS: MO) (37.3%).
CAPS member mwinvestor elaborates on the Philip Morris bull case:
Love or hate tobacco; as long as people smoke and governments love tobacco taxes, tobacco isn't going anywhere in the foreseeable future. The anti-smoking mood in foreign countries isn't anywhere near as negative as in the US. Plus PM has a pretty decent dividend payout.
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