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Philip Morris’ Transformation Continues

publication date: Jul 21, 2021
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Image Shown: Philip Morris International Inc’s IQOS offering, a heated tobacco unit product (also classified as a “reduced risk product” by the company) that seeks to replicate the experience of traditional cigarettes for smokers in a bid to get those users to switch over to an offering the company views as relatively “safer,” has continued to post solid user base growth of late. We are big fans of Philip Morris and its ongoing transformation and include shares of PM as an idea in the High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio. Image Source: Philip Morris International Inc – Second Quarter of 2021 IR Earnings Presentation. 

On July 20, the company behind the Marlboro cigarette brand (excluding sales of the cigarette brand in the US) and the smokeless IQOS nicotine offering Philip Morris International reported second quarter 2021 earnings. The company missed consensus top-line estimates but beat consensus bottom-line estimates and boosted its full-year guidance for 2021 in conjunction with the report. Now Philip Morris expects to generate (the following are non-GAAP metrics) organic net revenue growth of 6%-7% (up from 5%-7% previously) and adjusted diluted EPS growth of 12%-14% (up from 11%-13% previously) on an annual basis in 2021 as its business steadily recovers from the worst of the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic.

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