NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 06/06/12 -- In times of economic uncertainty investors look to companies with strong earnings and high dividends. The Cigarette Industry has been known to have some of the safest dividends in the market. During the last recession, which saw many companies slash dividends, cigarette companies dividends held strong. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Cigarettes Industry and provides equity research on Lorillard Inc. (NYSE: LO) and Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE: RAI).
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In the S&P 500 there are currently four cigarette companies (Altria Group, Reynolds American, Lorillard, and Phillip Morris International). The average dividend yield of these companies is nearly 5 percent, easily beating the S&P average dividend yield of 2.61 percent.
Tobacco companies continue to face taxation hikes across the U.S. as they are increasingly blamed for soaring healthcare costs. A recent proposed tax hike in California would see the excise tax jump to $1.87 per pack. Tobacco companies, such as Altria Group and Reynolds American, have spent in excess of $40 million on lobbying against the tax.
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Lorillard, through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. The company currently offers investors a dividend yield of around 5.01 percent. Lorillard previously reported that it has acquired all of the assets of blu ecigs, a U.S. electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) company for $135 million in cash.
Reynolds American currently offers investors a dividend yield of around 5.64 percent. The company has recently added a "Transforming Tobacco" section to the website to inform visitors about the company's strategic framework. The new section focuses on RAI's three key transformation pillars: Commercial Integrity, Tobacco Harm Reduction and Youth Tobacco Prevention.
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