SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

July 25, 2011 08:16 ET

Stable Cigarette Dividends Continue to Surprise

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Altria & Philip Morris

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2011) - Despite never-ending regulatory headwinds, cigarette companies continue to pay some of the most stable dividends on Wall Street. Negative publicity has sent North American tobacco demand down in recent years, however, cigarette companies have maintained stable revenues by upping the price of cigarettes.The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Cigarette industry and provides investment research on Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) and Philip Morris International, Inc. (NYSE: PM). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/MO

www.bedfordreport.com/PM

In its latest ruling, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required that graphic images such as rotting teeth, the corpse of a smoker and a diseased lung take up the top half of the front and back of all cigarette packs by September 2012. The label has been designed keeping in tune with the 'Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act' to convey the health hazards of smoking.

Meanwhile, in Australia, regulators have introduced a new bill that would prevent tobacco companies from displaying their brand names, colors, or logos on packaging. Cigarettes would instead be sold in generic packaging with graphic warning labels.

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Several cigarette companies have turned to smokeless tobacco to boost earnings. Presently Altria offers smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen, Skoal, Red Seal, and Husky brands. Though chewing tobacco has been associated with various oral ailments, it is considered by some to be less hazardous than smoking and isn't as tightly regulated.

Altria currently pays an annual dividend of $1.52 a share for a hefty yield of around 5.8 percent. Philip Morris pays an annual dividend of $2.56 a share for a yield of approximately 3.8 percent. During the second quarter Philip Morris' net revenues grew 17.2% year over year to $8.3 billion.

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