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Altria Group, Inc.: ITC Recommendation Against PMI Should Have Limited Impact

Symbols
MO
Sector(s)
Consumer Defensive
Rating
Current Price
$47.43
Fair Value
Economic Moat
Stewardship
Summary

Altria comprises Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, John Middleton, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Nu Mark, and Philip Morris Capital, although the company plans to wind down Philip Morris Capital by the end of 2022. It holds a 10.2% interest in the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev. Through its tobacco subsidiaries, Altria holds the leading position in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the United States and the number-two spot in machine-made cigars. The company's Marlboro brand is the leading cigarette brand in the U.S. with a 43% share in 2020.

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Analyst Profile

Philip Gorham

Director
Philip Gorham, CFA, FRM, is director of equity research for Ibbotson Associates Japan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers the European consumer staples sector, spanning beverages, tobacco, food, and home and personal-care products.Gorham rejoined Morningstar in 2014 after serving as an equity analyst and associate director of equity research for the consumer staples sector from 2008 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, he was an equity analyst for Federated Investors, covering the consumer sector for the firm’s global core equity and mid-cap growth funds. Previously, he was a market risk analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland in the United Kingdom.Gorham holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sunderland and master’s degrees in business administration and accounting from the University of North Carolina. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® and Financial Risk Manager® designations. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Global Association of Risk Professionals and is an affiliate member of the Market Technicians Association.