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Altria Offers An Attractive Investment Opportunity Altria Group Inc. The company has delivered solid financial performances over the years. MO's cost control program, new product initiatives and an attractive share repurchase program are likely to fuel bottom line growth for the company. The company also offers a safe dividend yield of 4.8% and a potential price appreciation of 8%, based on my price target of $38.80 (calculation shown below). Adjusted EPS for 2Q 2013 was 62 cents, up 5.1% YoY, but missing the consensus estimate of 63 cents. Earnings growth for the quarter was driven by higher operating income in the smokeless and smokeable products segments. Furthermore, lower shares outstanding, as a result of share repurchase program undertaken by the company, also boosted the earnings for the quarter. Net revenues for the company decreased by 2.8% YoY to $6.3 billion in 2Q 2013. The drop in 2Q 2013 revenues was primarily due to lower smokeable segment sales in the quarter. Total shipment volume in 2Q'13 declined by 6.7%. In the second quarter of 2013, MO total market share increased by 0.3% YoY to 50.7%, while Marlboro's (MO's flagship brand) market share remained flat at 43.7% YoY. The drop in the shipment volume for the quarter was consistent with decreasing volumes for the industry due to rising health concerns and tougher than usual regulations. To counter the impact of lower shipment volume, prices of smokeable products were increased by 5.3% in the quarter. In 2Q 2013, under its ongoing $300 million share repurchase program, MO repurchased 3.7 million shares for a total cost of $135 million at an average price of 36.27. Another $165 million worth of shares are expected to be repurchased by the end of 2013. As a result of the ongoing share repurchase program, the return on equity for MO will increase. Other than the aggressive share repurchase program, MO offers a high dividend yield of 4.8%. The current regular quarterly dividend paid by the company is 44 cents per share, leading to an annualized dividend rate of $1.76 per share. MO has consistently increased dividends over the years and has a long term target payout ratio of approximately 80%. A stable relationship between operating cash flows and dividend payments over the years for MO reflects that dividends offered are sustainable. The following table shows the dividend coverage ratio, dividend per share, payout ratio and ROE for MO over the years.2011Dividend Per Share77%ROE95%.