A quick glance at the company shows the fourth quarter-quarter posted diluted earnings per share of $5.27, which increased 723.4% due to the InBev/SABMiller transaction gain. The chart shows that the company has done nothing but appreciated in stock price, which is good for established investors, but for people looking to get in, it could make it difficult to know when price is too high. Compare this company with others in the industry as it can help you gauge where the price is at in terms of ratios and multiples.
Not only do you have to look at the technical and fundamentals, you also have to take a look at the current environment. Smoking has been under pressure for quite some time and will continue to be for the near future. Cigar companies have been the latest target, and they have marketing towards younger people, unlike other recreations smoking companies. If you are looking for a long term investment in this industry, I would caution you to be aware of the surroundings so you are not caught out in a potentially shirking market.
Altria Group is rated below average in market capitalization category among related companies. Market capitalization of Tobacco industry is now estimated at about 516.35 Billion. Altria retains roughly 101.32 Billion in market capitalization claiming about 20% of equities listed under Tobacco industry.
Altria Group is rated below average in price to book category among related companies. It is rated below average in price to sales category among related companies fabricating about 0.79 of Price to Sales per Price to Book. The ratio of Price to Book to Price to Sales for Altria Group is roughly 1.26
Altria is not too risky asset. Calculation of real value of Altria Group is based on 2 months time horizon. Increasing Altria Group time horizon generally increases accuracy of value calculation and significantly improves predictive power of the methodology used.