Philip Morris Lifts Quarterly Dividend by 13 Cents

Cigarette maker Philip Morris (NYSE:PM) on Wednesday raised its regular quarterly dividend by 20.3% to an annualized rate of $3.08 a share.

The New York-based maker of Marlboro tobacco products said it would offer a dividend of 77 cents a share, up from 64 cents, payable on Oct. 11 to shareholders of record on Sept. 27.

Shares of Philip Morris climbed nearly 3% in morning trade to around $67.87.

On Tuesday, the company said that former CEO of Gucci, Robert Polet, is joining its board of directors, bringing total board members to 11.