In August 2012, Altria's Board voted to increase the regular quarterly dividend by 7.3%, which was Altria's 46th dividend increase in the last 43 years. Altria expects to continue to return a large amount of cash to shareholders in the form of dividends by maintaining a dividend payout ratio target of approximately 80% of its adjusted diluted EPS. Future dividend payments remain subject to the discretion of the Board.Cash Returns to Shareholders - Share Repurchase Program
Altria Reports 2012 Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year Results; Delivers 2012 Full-Year Adjusted EPS Growth Of 7.8%
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