Image Shown: We increased the weighting in shares of Philip Morris International in the High Yield Newsletter portfolio back on November 18, 2019. Shares of PM have rallied aggressively off of their Fall 2019 lows through the middle of February 2020.
We continue to like Philip Morris International in our High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio, and we remain pleased with our decision to increase the weighting of shares of PM in the portfolio. The company’s guidance for 2020 indicates further improvement in its free cash flow generation, potentially allowing for future per share dividend increases. On a final note, we want to stress that while Philip Morris International’s Dividend Cushion ratio sits at 0.8x, we adjusted its Dividend Safety rating up to GOOD given its ability to refinance its net debt load and the stability of its free cash flows (while Philip Morris International is a capital market dependent entity, the firm retains quality access to capital markets). When we update our tobacco models, there’s a good chance the company’s Dividend Cushion ratio will improve given its declining net debt load, rising free cash flows, and improving outlook.
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