Philip Morris International Inc. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (PM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL increased its bottom line by earning $5.18 versus $4.84 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.61 versus $5.18).
  • The gross profit margin for PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL is rather high; currently it is at 69.80%. Regardless of PM's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PM's net profit margin of 28.01% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,363.00 million or 28.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL has marginally lower results.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Tobacco industry average. The net income has decreased by 1.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2,161.00 million to $2,125.00 million.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $149.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and tobacco industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.00, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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