Dividend Safety Analysis: Tobacco Companies
In a previous dividend safety analysis we took a look at Philip Morris International (PM). Based on feedback from that article, several readers requested that a current dividend safety analysis be done for other tobacco companies as well. In particular, Altria Group Inc. (MO), Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), Lorillard, Inc. (LO), and British American Tobacco plc (BTI). Instead of doing these individually I thought it would be good to see them compared side-by-side in one analysis.
Altria Group owns three tobacco companies in the United States. Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton are market leaders in the cigarette, smokeless tobacco and large machine-made cigar categories. Altria also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and has an economic interest in SABMiller plc. READ MORE