Altria Group’s total shareholder return for the five years ending December 31, 2012, was 84.2 percent, outperforming the S&P 500's return of 8.6 percent over the same period. The company has increased its dividend 47 times in the last 44 years, and has increased its profitability primarily by its tobacco operating companies focusing on four strong premium brands, Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal and Black & Mild.*
*Dividends are declared and approved only at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
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Altria Group's target dividend payout ratio is approximately 80 percent of adjusted earnings per share. The present annualized dividend rate is $1.92 per share. Dividends are declared and approved only at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
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A complete review of Altria Group's financial condition and results of operations for the most recent three years is available in Altria's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.