Saturday, March 19, 2011

High Yield Tobacco Stocks

On Friday, after tobacco companies were anxiously awaiting a report from the Food and Drug Administration, it was reported that the FDA would not ban menthol cigarettes. The news caused several of the cigarette stocks to rise. Lorillard, Inc. (LO) rose by over 10% for the day. Some investors have strong feelings against investing in cigarette stocks, but if you don't, you should consider them for their extremely high yields. Lorillard has a payout of 6.6%. The stock, which markets the Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, Old Gold, and Max brands, trades at 11.6 times forward earnings. According to, there are over half a dozen tobacco stocks with yields in excess of 4%.

Another example is Vector Group Ltd. (VGR), a Florida based tobacco company that has many brands of cigarettes including Liggett, Grand Prix, Eve, Pyramid, USA and nicotine-free Quest. The stock has a price to earnings ratio of 23.7, and pays a yield of 9.3%.

Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) makes and markets cigarettes and other tobacco products including the Camel, Kool, Pall Mall, Doral, Winston, Salem, Misty, Capri, Dunhill, and Natural American Spirit brands. The stock has a forward PE ratio of 11.8, and pays a yield of 6.3%.

Altria Group Inc. (MO) is a Virginia based company that makes and markets cigarettes, cigars, and beer. It is the largest cigarette company by market cap in the US. The stock has a forward PE of 11.3, and pays a yield of 6.1%.

For a list of all the high yield tobacco stocks, which and be downloaded, sorted, and updated, go to

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Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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