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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
FORM 8-K
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 28, 2020
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Virginia
  
1-08940
  
13-3260245
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  
(Commission File Number)
  
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
6601 West Broad Street,      
Richmond,
Virginia
23230
(Address of principal executive offices)        
 
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (804274-2200
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions: 
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
               Title of each class               
 
Trading Symbols
Name of each exchange on which registered
 
Common Stock, $0.33 1/3 par value
MO
New York Stock Exchange
1.000% Notes due 2023
MO23A
New York Stock Exchange
1.700% Notes due 2025
MO25
New York Stock Exchange
2.200% Notes due 2027
MO27
New York Stock Exchange
3.125% Notes due 2031
MO31
New York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o




Item 1.01.    Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
As previously disclosed, in December 2018, Altria Group, Inc. (“Altria”) entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with JUUL Labs, Inc. (“JUUL”) pursuant to which Altria, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased approximately 35% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of JUUL in the form of newly issued shares of non-voting Class C-1 Common Stock of JUUL (the “JUUL Investment”), which will convert automatically to shares of voting Class C Common Stock upon antitrust clearance (“Share Conversion”). In connection with the JUUL Investment, Altria entered into several other agreements with JUUL and, in certain cases, other stockholders of JUUL, including (i) a relationship agreement (the “Relationship Agreement”) setting forth certain ongoing rights and obligations of the parties, (ii) a services agreement (the “Services Agreement”) pursuant to which Altria agreed to provide JUUL with certain commercial services on a cost plus 3% basis for an initial term of six years and (iii) a voting agreement (the “Voting Agreement”) setting forth board designation and other related governance rights of the parties thereto. Each of the foregoing agreements is described in greater detail in, and copies of the Purchase Agreement and Relationship Agreement are filed as exhibits to, the Current Report on Altria’s Form 8-K filed on December 20, 2018.
On January 28, 2020, the parties entered into amendments to each of the Relationship Agreement and the Purchase Agreement.
The amendment to the Relationship Agreement provides for, among other things: (i) following antitrust clearance of the JUUL Investment, creation of a Litigation Oversight Committee of the JUUL board of directors, which will include two Altria designated directors (one of whom will chair such committee), that will have oversight authority and review of litigation management for matters in which JUUL and Altria are co-defendants and have or reasonably could have a written joint defense agreement in effect between them and, subject to certain limitations, will recommend to JUUL changes to outside counsel and litigation strategy by majority vote, with disagreements by JUUL’s management being resolved by majority vote of JUUL’s board of directors; and (ii) Altria to have the option to be released from its non-compete obligation (x) in the event JUUL is prohibited as a matter of federal law from selling vapor-based electronic nicotine delivery systems in the U.S. for a continuous period of at least 12 months (subject to tolling of this period in certain circumstances) or (y) if the carrying value of Altria’s investment in JUUL is not more than $1.28 billion (which represents 10% of Altria’s $12.8 billion initial carrying value of the JUUL investment). The foregoing description is only a summary, and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the amendment to the Relationship Agreement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 2.1 and is incorporated by reference in this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Under the revised Purchase Agreement, the earliest date before which Altria could determine to abandon its efforts to obtain antitrust clearance is December 31, 2021 or, if earlier, the date the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) commences litigation or closes its investigation. The foregoing description is only a summary and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the amendment to the Purchase Agreement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 2.2 and is incorporated by reference in this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In connection with the foregoing, on January 28, 2020, Altria and JUUL also amended certain terms of the Services Agreement and the Voting Agreement, and they entered into a Cooperation Agreement pertaining to certain litigation matters.
Under the amended terms of the Services Agreement, Altria’s obligation to provide services to JUUL is limited to (i) regulatory affairs support for JUUL’s pursuit of its pre-market tobacco applications (PMTA) and/or its modified risk tobacco products authorization (MRTP) and (ii) retail shelf space through March 31, 2020.
The amendment to the Voting Agreement provides that following antitrust clearance, the JUUL board of directors, which currently has seven members and will have nine members following antitrust clearance, will be restructured to include independent board members. The new structure of the nine-member JUUL board of directors will include (i) three independent directors (one of whom will be designated by Altria and two of whom will be designated by JUUL stockholders other than Altria) unanimously certified as independent by a nominating committee, which will include at least one Altria designee, (ii) two directors designated by Altria, (iii) three directors designated by JUUL stockholders other than Altria and (iv) the JUUL Chief Executive Officer.
Pursuant to the Cooperation Agreement, Altria and JUUL agreed that for a period of one year they will not pursue any litigation against each other in connection with any conduct that occurred prior to the date of such agreement, with statutes of limitation being tolled during the one-year period. The Cooperation Agreement also provides that with respect to certain litigation in which Altria and JUUL are both defendants against third-party plaintiffs, Altria will not pursue any claims against JUUL for indemnification or reimbursement, except for any non-contractual claims for contribution or indemnity where a judgment has been entered against Altria and JUUL.


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Item 2.02.    Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On January 30, 2020, Altria issued an earnings press release announcing its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019. A copy of the earnings press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference in this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information in Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing or document.
Item 8.01.    Other Events.
As previously disclosed, in April 2019 in connection with antitrust review, Altria and JUUL received a request for additional information (commonly referred to as a “second request”) from the FTC. In October 2019, Altria and JUUL certified substantial compliance with the second request. Based on the timing agreement among Altria, JUUL and the FTC staff, Share Conversion will not occur before the end of the 70th calendar day following certification of substantial compliance by Altria and JUUL unless the FTC completes its review prior to that day. This agreement has been subject to extensions for the convenience of the parties; however, Altria believes the FTC will complete its review in the first half of 2020.
Upon antitrust clearance, Altria expects to account for its equity method investment in JUUL using the fair value option.
Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)
Exhibits
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.1

 
 
2.2

 
 
99.1

 
 
104

 
The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL (included as Exhibit 101)


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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
                    
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ W. HILDEBRANDT SURGNER, JR.
 
Name:
W. Hildebrandt Surgner, Jr.
 
Title:
Vice President, Corporate Secretary and
 
 
Associate General Counsel
                        

DATE:    January 30, 2020


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Section 2: EX-2.1 (AMENDMENT TO RELATIONSHIP AGREEMENT)

Exhibit


Exhibit 2.1
EXECUTION VERSION

AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO
RELATIONSHIP AGREEMENT
This Amendment No. 1 to Relationship Agreement (this “Amendment”), is entered into as of January 28, 2020, by and among JUUL Labs, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), Altria Group, Inc., a Virginia corporation (the “Investor”), and Altria Enterprises LLC, a Virginia limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Investor (together with the Investor, the “Investors”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Relationship Agreement (as defined below).
WHEREAS, the Company and the Investors are parties to that certain Relationship Agreement, dated December 20, 2018 (the “Relationship Agreement”); and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 9.10 of the Relationship Agreement, any term thereof may be amended with the written consent of (x) the Company (after obtaining the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3rd) of the Non-Investor Directors then in office) and (y) the Investor.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises set forth above and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Investors agree as follows:
1.Amendment to Section 2.2. Section 2.2 of the Relationship Agreement is hereby amended by adding a new Section 2.2(b) and Section 2.2(c) to read, in their entirety, as follows:

“(b)    Promptly following such time as Antitrust Clearance is obtained, a committee of the Board, to be named the Litigation Oversight Committee, will be created consisting of (i) all of the directors designated by the Investor pursuant to Section 2(b)(i) or Section 2(c)(i) of the Voting Agreement, as applicable (one of whom will be appointed as the Chairperson of the Litigation Oversight Committee), (ii) two Shareholder Directors (as defined in the Voting Agreement), and (iii) the chief executive officer of the Company. The Litigation Oversight Committee will have full oversight authority and review of litigation management for matters in which the Company and Investor (or any of its Affiliates) are co-defendants and have or reasonably could have a written Joint Defense Agreement in effect between them (“Joint Litigation Matters”). The Litigation Oversight Committee, acting by majority vote, will have authority to recommend to the Company’s Chief Legal Officer changes to outside counsel and strategy with respect to Joint Litigation Matters. If the Chief Legal Officer disagrees with any recommendation of the Litigation Oversight Committee, then such matter shall be submitted to the Board for consideration and shall be approved or not approved by majority vote of the Board; provided, however, that from and after the receipt of Antitrust Clearance and until such time as the Board has first been reconstituted with no vacancies pursuant to Section 2(b) of the Voting Agreement, the Litigation Oversight Committee (by majority vote) will have decision making authority with respect to the matters described in this Section 2.2(b), other than the authority of the Litigation Subcommittee set out in Section 2.2(c).



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(c)    Promptly following such time as Antitrust Clearance is obtained, a subcommittee of the Litigation Oversight Committee, to be named the Litigation Subcommittee, will be formed and will consist of (i) the chief executive officer of the Company, (ii) one of the directors designated by the Investor pursuant to Section 2(b)(i) or Section 2(c)(i) of the Voting Agreement, as applicable, and (iii) one of the Shareholder Directors (as defined in the Voting Agreement). The Litigation Subcommittee will consider the hiring, or continued engagement or replacement, as applicable, of a senior outside counsel responsible for advising the Company on litigation strategy for Joint Litigation Matters (“Senior Outside Counsel”). If the Litigation Subcommittee, by unanimous vote, approves the hiring, or continued engagement or replacement, as applicable, of a Senior Outside Counsel, the Company will effect the same. If the Litigation Subcommittee cannot reach unanimous agreement after all reasonable efforts have been exhausted and the Board at such time has no vacancies, any member of the Litigation Subcommittee can refer the matter to the Board, which will approve or disapprove the hiring, or continued engagement or termination, as applicable, of the Senior Outside Counsel. The Litigation Subcommittee will be disbanded following the decision to hire, retain or replace, as applicable, a Senior Outside Counsel which has been approved by unanimous vote of the Litigation Subcommittee or, pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence, approved by the Board. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for a period of one year following the hiring, or continued engagement or termination, as applicable, of the Senior Outside Counsel as described above, such Senior Outside Counsel may be removed only by majority vote of the Litigation Oversight Committee.”

2.Amendment to Section 3. Section 3 of the Relationship Agreement is hereby amended by adding a new Section 3.4 to read, in its entirety, as follows:

“Section 3.4.    Additional Termination Provisions.
(a)
In the event that the Company is at any time prohibited as a matter of federal law from selling vapor-based electronic nicotine delivery systems (“e-Vapor Products”) in the United States, or the e-Vapor Products of the Company and its subsidiaries are otherwise prohibited as a matter of federal law from being sold in the United States, the Company shall promptly notify the Investor in writing of the date such prohibition has commenced and, in the event such prohibition remains in effect for a continuous period of at least 12 months, then upon written notice from the Investor that it intends to Compete, all obligations of the Investor (including those that could become applicable to any Upstream Affiliate) set forth in Article 3 shall permanently terminate; provided, that in the event the Company shall have filed a Premarket Tobacco Product Application (“PMTA”) with respect to any e-Vapor Product at least six months earlier than the date on which this Section 3.4(a) would otherwise have become applicable, the termination of the Investor’s obligations in Article 3 pursuant to this Section 3.4(a) shall be tolled unless and until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejects such PMTA.





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(b)
In the event that the Investor, in good faith, publicly discloses that it has, in accordance with GAAP, written down the aggregate value of the Investor Shares to $1.28 billion or less, all obligations of the Investor (including those that could become applicable to any Upstream Affiliate) set forth in Article 3 shall permanently terminate upon written notice from the Investor that it has written down the aggregate value of the Investor Shares to $1.28 billion or less and intends to Compete. The Investor hereby warrants and represents to the Company that, as of January 28, 2020, it has no plans to write down the aggregate value of the Investor Shares to $1.28 billion or less.

(c)
The date of the permanent termination of all of the Investor’s obligations pursuant to Section 3.4(a) or 3.4(b) shall be deemed (i) an “Investor Rights Termination Date” for all purposes of this Agreement, including Sections 3.1 and 3.2 and (ii) the date of written notice from the Investor of its intent to Compete pursuant to Section 3.4(a) or 3.4(b) shall constitute a “Non-Compete Termination Notice Date” solely for purposes of the second sentence of Section 3.1(b).

In addition, Section 3.1(c)(i) and the second sentence of Section 3.1(b) of the Relationship Agreement are each hereby amended to add the following words after “Investor Directors” and before “and the Investor Observer”:
“(other than the right of the Investor to designate one Independent person unanimously Certified by the Nominating Committee (as such terms are defined in the Voting Agreement))”

3.Notices. Section 9.9 is hereby amended to add the following copy addressee for notices to the Investor or Investor Sub: Zachary S. Podolsky at [email protected]

4.Miscellaneous. No reference to this Amendment need be made in any instrument or document at any time referring to the Agreement, a reference to the Agreement to be deemed a reference to such agreement as amended hereby. This Amendment shall be governed, construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to principles of conflicts of law. Except as expressly modified by this Amendment, the terms of the Agreement remain unchanged and remain in full force and effect. No modification of or amendment to this Amendment shall be effective unless in writing signed by the parties to this Amendment. This Amendment may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Amendment as of the date first written above.
 
 
COMPANY:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JUUL LABS, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ K.C. Crosthwaite                                          
 
 
Name: K.C. Crosthwaite
 
 
Title: Chief Executive Officer


































Amendment No. 1 to Relationship Agreement
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INVESTOR:
 
 
 
 
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ William F. Gifford, Jr.                                    
 
 
Name: William F. Gifford, Jr.
 
 
Title: Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer














































Amendment No. 1 to Relationship Agreement
Signature Page





 
 
INVESTOR SUB:
 
 
 
 
 
ALTRIA ENTERPRISES LLC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ David A. Wise                                        
 
 
Name: David A. Wise
 
 
Title: Vice President and Treasurer













































Amendment No. 1 to Relationship Agreement
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Section 3: EX-2.2 (AMENDMENT TO CLASS C-1 COMMON STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT)

Exhibit


Exhibit 2.2
EXECUTION VERSION


AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO
CLASS C-1 COMMON STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT

This Amendment No. 1 to Class C-1 Common Stock Purchase Agreement (this “Amendment”), is entered into as of January 28, 2020, by and among JUUL Labs, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), Altria Group, Inc., a Virginia corporation (the “Investor”), and Altria Enterprises LLC, a Virginia limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Investor (together with the Investor, the “Investors”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Purchase Agreement (as defined below).
WHEREAS, the Company and the Investors are parties to that certain Class C-1 Common Stock Purchase Agreement, dated December 20, 2018 (the “Purchase Agreement”); and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 7.1 of the Purchase Agreement, any term thereof may be amended with the written consent of (x) the Company (after obtaining the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3rd) of the Non-Investor Directors then in office) and (y) the Investors.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises set forth above and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1.Amendment to Definition of Antitrust Termination Date. Section 1.3(e)(v) of the Purchase Agreement is hereby amended and restated to read, in its entirety, as follows:

“(v)    “Antitrust Termination Date” means the date on which the Antitrust Conversion becomes permanently prohibited or enjoined pursuant to an Antitrust Law by a court of competent jurisdiction without any possibility of appeal or review or, if earlier, the date on which the Investors determine, in their sole discretion, to abandon their efforts to seek Antitrust Clearance; provided, however, the Investors may not make such determination until the earlier of (i) December 31, 2021 and (ii) the date, if any, the Federal Trade Commission authorizes the issuance of a complaint (civil or administrative) or closes the investigation into the Investors’ investment into the Company.”
2.Miscellaneous. No reference to this Amendment need be made in any instrument or document at any time referring to the Agreement, a reference to the Agreement to be deemed a reference to such agreement as amended hereby. This Amendment shall be governed, construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to principles of conflicts of Law. Except as expressly modified by this Amendment, the terms of the Agreement remain unchanged and remain in full force and effect. No modification of or amendment to this Amendment shall be effective unless in writing signed by the parties to this Amendment. This Amendment may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Amendment as of the date first written above.
 
 
COMPANY:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JUUL LABS, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ K.C. Crosthwaite                                    
 
 
Name: K.C. Crosthwaite
 
 
Title: Chief Executive Officer


































JUUL Labs, Inc.
Amendment No. 1 to Class C-1 Common Stock Purchase Agreement
Signature Page





 
 
INVESTOR:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ William F. Gifford, Jr.                                                  
 
 
Name: William F. Gifford, Jr.
 
 
Title: Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer






































JUUL Labs, Inc.
Amendment No. 1 to Class C-1 Common Stock Purchase Agreement
Signature Page





 
 
INVESTOR SUB:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALTRIA ENTERPRISES LLC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: /s/ David A. Wise                                                                
 
 
Name: David A. Wise
 
 
Title: Vice President and Treasurer






































JUUL Labs, Inc.
Amendment No. 1 to Class C-1 Common Stock Purchase Agreement
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Section 4: EX-99.1 (ALTRIA GROUP INC. PRESS RELEASE, DATED JANUARY 30, 2020)

Exhibit


Exhibit 99.1
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ALTRIA REPORTS 2019 FOURTH-QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR RESULTS;
PROVIDES 2020 FULL-YEAR EARNINGS GUIDANCE; REVISES
2020 - 2022 ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS GROWTH OBJECTIVE; REVISES TERMS OF JUUL TRANSACTION


RICHMOND, Va. - January 30, 2020 - Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announces its 2019 fourth-quarter and full-year business results, provides guidance for 2020 full-year adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) and revises its adjusted diluted EPS objective for the years 2020 through 2022.

“Altria’s core tobacco businesses delivered outstanding performance in 2019. In addition, Altria exceeded its $575 million annualized cost savings target and increased the dividend for the 54th time in 50 years,” said Howard Willard, Altria’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Despite the unexpected challenges related to our investment in JUUL, which led to impairment charges and reported losses, we made significant progress advancing and building our noncombustible business platform with the launch of IQOS and completion of the on! transaction. We enter 2020 with continued focus on harm reduction. We believe Altria’s enhanced business platform best positions us to succeed under various future category scenarios.”

As previously announced, a conference call with the investment community and news media will be webcast on January 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Access to the webcast is available at www.altria.com/webcasts and via the Altria Investor app.
Altria Headline Financials1
($ in millions, except per share data)
Q4 2019
Change vs.
Q4 2018
 
Full Year 2019
Change vs.
Full Year 2018
Net revenues
$6,007
(1.8)%
 
$25,110
(1.0)%
Revenues net of excise taxes
$4,802
0.3%
 
$19,796
0.9%
 
Reported tax rate
(48.3)%
(75.1) pp
 
269.5%
244.1 pp
Adjusted tax rate
23.5%
0.4 pp
 
23.8%
0.7 pp
 
Reported diluted EPS2
$(1.00)
(100.0)%+
 
$(0.70)
(100.0)%+
Adjusted diluted EPS
$1.02
7.4%
 
$4.22
5.8%
1 “Adjusted” financial measures presented in this release exclude the impact of special items. See “Basis of Presentation” for more information.
2 “EPS” is defined as diluted earnings (losses) per share attributable to Altria.







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Cash Returns to Shareholders
Dividends:
Altria’s current annualized dividend rate is $3.36 per share, representing an annualized dividend yield of 6.8% as of January 27, 2020 and an increase of 5.0% from 2018.
Altria expects to maintain a dividend payout ratio target of approximately 80% of adjusted diluted EPS for the years 2020 through 2022. Future dividend payments remain subject to the discretion of Altria’s Board of Directors (Board).
Share Repurchase Program:
Altria repurchased 16.5 million shares in 2019 at an average price of $51.24 per share, for a total cost of approximately $845 million.
As of December 31, 2019, Altria had $500 million remaining in the current $1 billion share repurchase program, which Altria expects to complete by the end of 2020. The timing of share repurchases depends on marketplace conditions and other factors, and this program remains subject to the discretion of the Board.
Noncombustible Products Business Platform
IQOS Heated Tobacco System
IQOS is now commercialized in the Atlanta, Georgia and Richmond, Virginia lead markets.
Heatsticks are distributed across more than 500 retail stores in Atlanta and Richmond combined.
There are now more than 100+ trained IQOS professionals to provide guided trials to adult smokers.
on! Oral Nicotine Pouches
on! is now available in 15,000 stores nationally, including 3 of the top 5 chains for smokeless volume.
Helix expects to begin manufacturing on! at the Richmond Manufacturing Center in first-quarter 2020.
Cost Reduction Program
Altria achieved $600 million in annualized cost savings in 2019, exceeding the target $575 million annualized cost reduction program announced in December 2018 (Cost Reduction Program). The program included savings from workforce reductions, third-party spending reductions and the closure of Altria’s Nu Mark operations.
JUUL Investment
Altria recorded a fourth-quarter, non-cash pre-tax impairment charge of $4.1 billion related to its investment in JUUL. This impairment is primarily due to the increased number of legal cases pending against JUUL and the expectation that the number of legal cases against JUUL will continue to increase. Since October 31, 2019, the number of legal cases pending against JUUL has increased by more than 80%. Altria has not made any assumptions, or drawn any conclusions, regarding the merits or likelihood of success of any of these cases, litigation is subject to uncertainty and it is possible that there could be adverse developments in pending or future cases. For 2019, Altria recorded a total of $8.6 billion in non-cash pre-tax impairment charges to its JUUL investment, bringing the value of its JUUL investment to $4.2 billion as of December 31, 2019.
Altria now expects a resolution with respect to antitrust clearance in the first half of 2020.







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Revised Terms for Investment in JUUL
Altria and JUUL agreed to revised terms governing Altria’s minority investment in JUUL, which include the following provisions:
Altria and JUUL are focusing their work together to create compelling pre-market tobacco product applications (PMTA) based on rigorous scientific research and data-driven underage use prevention efforts. As a result, Altria will continue providing regulatory affairs services to JUUL, which includes supporting the company in preparing and submitting its PMTA.  Altria will discontinue all other services by the end of March 2020 that were part of the original investment agreement.

JUUL will, upon antitrust clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, restructure its board of directors to consist of two directors designated by Altria, three independent directors, the JUUL CEO and three directors designated by JUUL stockholders other than Altria.

Upon antitrust clearance, the restructured JUUL Board of Directors will add a nominating committee and a litigation oversight committee to its existing compensation and audit committees.

Altria has the option to be released from its non-compete obligation if JUUL is prohibited by federal law from selling e-vapor products in the U.S. for at least a year, or if Altria’s carrying value of the JUUL investment is not more than 10% of its initial carrying value of $12.8 billion.

“This agreement is a continuation of the reset initiated by JUUL’s leadership team.” said Willard. “We look forward to working with the company under this structure to support JUUL’s commitment to working with regulators and submitting the best possible PMTA.”

For more information, see the Form 8-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Expected Accounting Methodology for Investment in JUUL
Upon antitrust clearance, Altria expects to account for its equity investment in JUUL using the fair value option.  Under the fair value option, Altria’s income statement will include any cash dividends received from the investment and any quarterly changes in the fair value of the investment. Quarterly changes in the fair value of the investment will be treated as a special item and excluded from adjusted diluted EPS.
2020 - 2022 Adjusted Diluted EPS Growth Objective
Altria lowers its compounded annual adjusted diluted EPS growth objective to 4% to 7% for the years 2020 through 2022 from its previously announced objective of 5% to 8%, primarily to reflect Altria’s current expectation for no equity earnings contributions from JUUL through 2022.
2020 Full-Year Guidance
Altria expects its 2020 full-year adjusted diluted EPS to be in a range of $4.39 to $4.51, representing a growth rate of 4% to 7% from an adjusted diluted EPS base of $4.22 in 2019, as shown in Table 1. Altria’s 2020 guidance reflects increased investments related to PM USA’s commercialization efforts for IQOS, Helix’s plans to manufacture and expand U.S. distribution of on! and one extra shipping day in the first quarter.

The guidance range excludes estimated per share charges in 2020 of $0.05 of tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform Act) related to a tax basis adjustment to Altria’s ABI investment.

Altria expects the 2020 full-year total domestic cigarette industry adjusted volume decline rate to be in a range of 4% to 6%, which includes the impact of federal legislation raising the minimum age to purchase all tobacco products to 21. Altria expects continued volatility across tobacco categories and will no longer provide a multi-year forecast for U.S. cigarette volume declines.

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Altria expects its 2020 full-year adjusted effective tax rate will be in a range of 23.5% to 24.5%.

Altria expects its 2020 capital expenditures to be between $225 million and $275 million and depreciation and
amortization expenses of approximately $240 million.

Altria’s full-year adjusted diluted EPS guidance and full-year forecast for its adjusted effective tax rate exclude the impact of certain income and expense items that management believes are not part of underlying operations. These items may include, for example, restructuring charges, asset impairment charges, acquisition-related costs, equity investment-related special items (including any changes in fair value for the equity investment and any related warrants and preemptive rights), certain tax items, charges associated with tobacco and health litigation items, and resolutions of certain nonparticipating manufacturer (NPM) adjustment disputes under the Master Settlement Agreement (such dispute resolutions are referred to as NPM Adjustment Items).

Altria’s management cannot estimate on a forward-looking basis the impact of certain income and expense items, including those items noted in the preceding paragraph, on its reported diluted EPS or its reported effective tax rate because these items,which could be significant, may be unusual or infrequent, are difficult to predict and may be highly variable. As a result, Altria does not provide a corresponding U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) measure for, or reconciliation to, its adjusted diluted EPS guidance or its adjusted effective tax rate forecast.

The factors described in the “Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements” section of this release represent continuing risks to Altria’s forecast.


ALTRIA GROUP, INC.

See Basis of Presentation below for an explanation of financial measures and reporting segments discussed in this release.
Financial Performance
Fourth Quarter
Net revenues decreased 1.8% to $6.0 billion, primarily due to lower net revenues in the smokeable products segment, partially offset by higher net revenues in the smokeless products segment. Revenues net of excise taxes was essentially unchanged at $4.8 billion.
Reported diluted EPS decreased 100%+ to ($1.00), primarily driven by the impairment of JUUL equity securities and higher interest expense, partially offset by higher reported operating companies income (OCI), higher reported earnings from Altria’s equity investment in ABI, 2019 Cronos-related special items and favorable tax items.
Adjusted diluted EPS increased 7.4% to $1.02, primarily driven by higher adjusted OCI in the smokeable and smokeless products segments and higher adjusted earnings from Altria’s equity investment in ABI, partially offset by higher interest expense.
Full Year
Net revenues decreased 1.0% to $25.1 billion, primarily due to lower net revenues in the smokeable products segment, partially offset by higher net revenues in the smokeless products segment. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 0.9% to $19.8 billion.
Reported diluted EPS decreased 100+% to ($0.70), primarily driven by the impairment of JUUL equity securities, 2019 Cronos-related special items and higher interest expense (which includes acquisition-related costs associated with the JUUL and Cronos transactions), partially offset by higher reported OCI, favorable tax items and higher reported earnings from Altria’s equity investment in ABI.
Adjusted diluted EPS increased 5.8% to $4.22, primarily driven by higher adjusted OCI in the smokeable and smokeless products segments, lower spending as a result of Altria’s decision in 2018 to refocus its innovative

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products efforts and higher adjusted earnings from Altria’s equity investment in ABI, partially offset by higher interest expense.

Table 1 - Altria’s Adjusted Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Change
 
2019
2018
Change
Reported diluted EPS
$
(1.00
)
$
0.66

(100.0)%+

 
$
(0.70
)
$
3.68

(100.0)%+

NPM Adjustment Items


 
 

(0.06
)
 
Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs
0.06

0.23

 
 
0.15

0.23

 
Tobacco and health litigation items
0.01


 
 
0.03

0.05

 
ABI-related special items
(0.16
)
0.03

 
 
(0.15
)
(0.03
)
 
Cronos-related special items
(0.06
)

 
 
0.34


 
Impairment of JUUL equity securities
2.20


 
 
4.60


 
(Gain) loss on ABI/SABMiller
business combination


 
 

0.01

 
Tax items
(0.03
)
0.03

 
 
(0.05
)
0.11

 
Adjusted diluted EPS
$
1.02

$
0.95

7.4
%
 
$
4.22

$
3.99

5.8
%
Note: For details of pre-tax, tax and after-tax amounts, see Schedules 7 and 9.
Special Items
The EPS impact of the following special items is shown in Table 1 and Schedules 7 and 9.
NPM Adjustment Items
For the full year 2018, Altria recorded pre-tax income of $145 million (or $0.06 per share) for NPM adjustment settlements with 10 states.
Asset Impairment, Exit, Implementation and Acquisition-Related Costs
In the fourth quarter of 2019, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $116 million (or $0.06 per share), primarily due to the impairment of the Ste. Michelle goodwill and the Cost Reduction Program.
For the full year 2019, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $331 million (or $0.15 per share), primarily due to the Cost Reduction Program, acquisition-related costs associated with the JUUL and Cronos transactions, and the impairment of the Ste. Michelle goodwill.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $532 million (or $0.23 per share) related to Altria’s decision to refocus its innovative product efforts (which includes the discontinuation of production and distribution of all MarkTen and Green Smoke e-vapor products), the Cost Reduction Program, acquisition-related costs related to the JUUL transaction and the impairment of the Columbia Crest trademark.
Tobacco and Health Litigation Items
For the full year 2019, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $77 million (or $0.03 per share) for tobacco and health litigation items, including related interest costs.
For the full year 2018, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $131 million (or $0.05 per share) for tobacco and health litigation items, including related interest costs.

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ABI-Related Special Items
In the fourth quarter and full year 2019, equity earnings from ABI included net pre-tax income of $364 million (or $0.16 per share) and $354 million (or $0.15 per share), respectively, consisting primarily of a gain related to ABI’s completion of its initial public offering of a minority stake of its Asia Pacific subsidiary and Altria’s share of ABI’s mark-to-market gains on ABI’s derivative financial instruments used to hedge certain share commitments.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, equity earnings from ABI included net pre-tax charges of $69 million (or $0.03 per share), consisting primarily of Altria’s share of ABI’s mark-to-market losses on ABI’s derivative financial instruments used to hedge certain share commitments.
For the full year 2018, equity earnings from ABI included net pre-tax income of $85 million (or $0.03 per share), consisting primarily of Altria’s share of ABI’s estimated effect of the Tax Reform Act and gains related to ABI’s merger and acquisition activities, partially offset by Altria’s share of ABI’s mark-to-market losses on ABI’s derivative financial instruments used to hedge certain share commitments.
Cronos-Related Special Items
In the fourth quarter of 2019, Altria recorded net pre-tax income of $165 million (or $0.06 per share), consisting of the following: net gains of $280 million (included in earnings from equity investments), substantially all of which related to Altria’s share of Cronos’s non-cash change in the fair value of Cronos’s derivative financial instruments associated with the issuance of additional shares, partially offset by Altria’s mark-to-market losses of $115 million due to the non-cash change during the quarter in the fair value of Cronos-related derivative financial instruments to acquire additional shares of Cronos.
For the full year of 2019, Altria recorded net pre-tax charges of $0.9 billion (or $0.34 per share), consisting of the following: Altria’s mark-to-market losses of $1.4 billion, primarily due to the non-cash change during the year in the fair value of Cronos-related derivative financial instruments to acquire additional shares of Cronos, partially offset by income of $0.5 billion (included in earnings from Altria’s equity investment in Cronos), substantially all of which related to Altria’s share of Cronos’s non-cash change in the fair value of Cronos’s derivative financial instruments associated with the issuance of additional shares.
Impairment of JUUL Equity Securities
In the fourth quarter and full year of 2019, Altria recorded non-cash pre-tax impairment charges of $4.1 billion (or $2.20 per share) and $8.6 billion (or $4.60 per share), respectively, reflecting the impairment of Altria’s equity securities in JUUL. A full tax valuation allowance was recorded for this charge that offset the tax benefit associated with the impairment charge.
Tax Items
In the fourth quarter of 2019, Altria recorded income tax benefits of $43 million (or $0.03 per share), primarily related to tax benefits of $94 million for adjustments as a result of amended returns, partially offset by tax expense of $27 million for a valuation allowance on foreign tax credits not realizable and $21 million related to a tax basis adjustment to Altria’s equity investment in ABI.
For the full year 2019, Altria recorded income tax benefits of $99 million (or $0.05 per share), primarily related to $105 million for adjustments as a result of amended returns and tax benefits of $100 million for the reversal of tax accruals no longer required, partially offset by tax expense of $84 million related to a tax basis adjustment to Altria’s equity investment in ABI and $38 million for a valuation allowance on foreign tax credits not realizable.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, Altria recorded income tax charges of $45 million (or $0.03 per share) primarily related to a tax basis adjustment to Altria’s equity investment in ABI and an adjustment to the provisional estimates for the repatriation tax.
For the full year 2018, Altria recorded income tax charges of $197 million (or $0.11 per share) primarily related to a tax basis adjustment to Altria’s equity investment in ABI, a valuation allowance on foreign tax credit carryforwards that are not realizable and an adjustment to the provisional estimates for the repatriation tax.



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SMOKEABLE PRODUCTS

Revenues and OCI
Fourth Quarter
Net revenues decreased 2.7%, primarily driven by lower shipment volume, partially offset by higher pricing and lower promotional investments. Revenues net of excise taxes decreased 0.5%.
Reported OCI increased 13.4%, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower costs (which includes lower asset impairment and exit costs) and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower shipment volume, higher resolution expenses and higher tobacco and health litigation items.
Adjusted OCI increased 10.1%, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower costs and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower shipment volume and higher resolution expenses. Adjusted OCI margins increased 5.3 percentage points to 54.8%.
Full Year
Net revenues decreased 1.3%, primarily driven by lower shipment volume, partially offset by higher pricing and lower promotional investments. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 0.7%.
Reported OCI increased 7.1%, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower costs (which includes lower tobacco and health litigation items) and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower shipment volume and higher resolution expenses (which includes 2018 NPM adjustment items).
Adjusted OCI increased 8.6%, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower costs and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower shipment volume and higher resolution expenses. Adjusted OCI margins increased 3.9 percentage points to 54.5%.
Table 2 - Smokeable Products: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Change
 
2019
2018
Change
Net revenues
$
5,159

$
5,302

(2.7
)%
 
$
21,996

$
22,297

(1.3
)%
Excise taxes
(1,168
)
(1,291
)
 
 
(5,166
)
(5,585
)
 
Revenues net of excise taxes
$
3,991

$
4,011

(0.5
)%
 
$
16,830

$
16,712

0.7
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reported OCI
$
2,145

$
1,892

13.4
 %
 
$
9,009

$
8,408

7.1
 %
NPM Adjustment Items


 
 

(145
)
 
Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs
13

86

 
 
92

83

 
Tobacco and health litigation items
29

9

 
 
72

103

 
Adjusted OCI
$
2,187

$
1,987

10.1
 %
 
$
9,173

$
8,449

8.6
 %
Adjusted OCI margins 1
54.8
%
49.5
%
5.3 pp

 
54.5
%
50.6
%
3.9 pp

1 Adjusted OCI margins are calculated as adjusted OCI divided by revenues net of excise taxes.

Shipment Volume
Fourth Quarter
Smokeable products segment reported domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased 8.7%, primarily driven by the industry’s rate of decline, retail share losses, trade inventory movements and other factors.
When adjusted for trade inventory movements and other factors, smokeable products segment domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased by an estimated 6%.
When adjusted for trade inventory movements, total domestic cigarette industry volumes declined by an estimated 4.5%.
Reported cigar shipment volume increased 4.6%.

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Full Year
Smokeable products segment reported domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased 7.3%, primarily driven by the industry’s rate of decline, retail share losses, trade inventory movements and other factors.
When adjusted for trade inventory movements and other factors, smokeable products segment domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased by an estimated 7%.
When adjusted for trade inventory movements and other factors, total domestic cigarette industry volumes declined by an estimated 5.5%.
Reported cigar shipment volume increased 3.1%.
Table 3 - Smokeable Products: Shipment Volume (sticks in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Change
 
2019
2018
Change
Cigarettes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marlboro
20,126

21,977

(8.4
)%
 
88,473

94,770

(6.6
)%
Other premium
1,097

1,266

(13.3
)%
 
4,869

5,552

(12.3
)%
Discount
1,893

2,062

(8.2
)%
 
8,457

9,469

(10.7
)%
Total cigarettes
23,116

25,305

(8.7
)%
 
101,799

109,791

(7.3
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cigars:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black & Mild
410

393

4.3
 %
 
1,641

1,590

3.2
 %
Other
3

2

50.0
 %
 
10

11

(9.1
)%
Total cigars
413

395

4.6
 %
 
1,651

1,601

3.1
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total smokeable products
23,529

25,700

(8.4
)%
 
103,450

111,392

(7.1
)%
Note: Cigarettes volume includes units sold as well as promotional units, but excludes units sold for distribution to Puerto Rico, and units sold in U.S. Territories, to overseas military and by Philip Morris Duty Free Inc., none of which, individually or in the aggregate, is material to the smokeable products segment.

Retail Share and Brand Activity
Fourth Quarter
Marlboro retail share declined 0.1 share point to 43.0%.
PM USA’s Marlboro Rewards has reached 2.6 million enrollees since its launch in January 2019.
Full Year
Marlboro retail share declined 0.1 share point to 43.1%.

Table 4 - Smokeable Products: Cigarettes Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Percentage point change
 
2019
2018
Percentage point change
Cigarettes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marlboro
43.0
%
43.1
%
(0.1)
 
43.1
%
43.2
%
(0.1)
Other premium
2.4

2.6

(0.2)
 
2.4

2.6

(0.2)
Discount
4.1

4.2

(0.1)
 
4.2

4.4

(0.2)
Total cigarettes
49.5
%
49.9
%
(0.4)
 
49.7
%
50.2
%
(0.5)
Note: Retail share results for cigarettes are based on data from IRI/MSAi, a tracking service that uses a sample of stores and certain wholesale shipments to project market share and depict share trends. This service tracks sales in the food, drug, mass merchandisers, convenience, military, dollar store and club trade classes. For other trade classes selling cigarettes, retail share is based on shipments from wholesalers to retailers (STARS). This service is not designed to capture sales through other channels, including the internet, direct mail and some illicitly tax-advantaged outlets. It is IRI’s standard practice to periodically refresh its services, which could restate retail share results that were previously released in this service.

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SMOKELESS PRODUCTS

Revenues and OCI
Fourth Quarter
Net revenues increased 5.8%, primarily driven by higher pricing and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower shipment volume. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 6.1%.
Reported and adjusted OCI increased 11.3% and 9.7%, respectively, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower promotional investments and lower costs, partially offset by lower shipment volume. Adjusted OCI margins increased 2.3 percentage points to 68.8%.
Full Year
Net revenues increased 4.6%, primarily driven by higher pricing and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower shipment volume. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 5.1%.
Reported and adjusted OCI increased 10.4% and 9.7%, respectively, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower promotional investments and lower costs, partially offset by lower shipment volume. Adjusted OCI margins increased 3.0 percentage points to 71.7%.

Table 5 - Smokeless Products: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Change
 
2019
2018
Change
Net revenues
$
605

$
572

5.8
%
 
$
2,367

$
2,262

4.6
%
Excise taxes
(31
)
(31
)
 
 
(127
)
(131
)
 
Revenues net of excise taxes
$
574

$
541

6.1
%
 
$
2,240

$
2,131

5.1
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reported OCI
$
385

$
346

11.3
%
 
$
1,580

$
1,431

10.4
%
Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs
10

14

 
 
26

23

 
Tobacco and health litigation items


 
 

10

 
Adjusted OCI
$
395

$
360

9.7
%
 
$
1,606

$
1,464

9.7
%
Adjusted OCI margins 1
68.8
%
66.5
%
2.3 pp

 
71.7
%
68.7
%
3.0 pp

1 Adjusted OCI margins are calculated as adjusted OCI divided by revenues net of excise taxes.
Shipment Volume
Fourth Quarter
Smokeless products segment reported domestic shipment volume declined 4.0%, primarily driven by calendar differences, the industry’s rate of decline, retail share losses and other factors, partially offset by trade inventory movements. When adjusted for trade inventory movements and calendar differences, smokeless products segment shipment volume declined an estimated 2.5%.
Full Year
Smokeless products segment reported domestic shipment volume declined 3.1%, primarily driven by the industry’s rate of decline, calendar differences, retail share losses and other factors, partially offset by trade inventory movements. When adjusted for trade inventory movements and calendar differences, smokeless products segment shipment volume declined an estimated 3%.
Total smokeless industry volume declined by an estimated 1% over the past six months.

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Table 6 - Smokeless Products: Shipment Volume (cans and packs in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Change
 
2019
2018
Change
Copenhagen
129.1

133.5

(3.3
)%
 
522.2

531.7

(1.8
)%
Skoal
53.6

56.6

(5.3
)%
 
217.8

231.1

(5.8
)%
Copenhagen and Skoal
182.7

190.1

(3.9
)%
 
740.0

762.8

(3.0
)%
Other
16.8

17.7

(5.1
)%
 
67.0

69.8

(4.0
)%
Total smokeless products
199.5

207.8

(4.0
)%
 
807.0

832.6

(3.1
)%
Note: Volume includes cans and packs sold, as well as promotional units, but excludes international volume and oral nicotine pouch volume, which are currently not material to the smokeless products segment. New types of smokeless products, as well as new packaging configurations of existing smokeless products, may or may not be equivalent to existing moist smokeless tobacco (MST) products on a can-for-can basis. To calculate volumes of cans and packs shipped, one pack of snus, irrespective of the number of pouches in the pack, is assumed to be equivalent to one can of MST.
Retail Share and Brand Activity
Fourth Quarter
Copenhagen maintained retail share at 34.8%.
Skoal retail share declined 0.2 share points to 15.5%.

Full Year
Copenhagen retail share grew 0.3 share points to 34.8%.
Skoal retail share declined 0.6 share points to 15.6%.
Table 7 - Smokeless Products: Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Percentage point change
 
2019
2018
Percentage point change
Copenhagen
34.8
%
34.8
%
 
34.8
%
34.5
%
0.3
Skoal
15.5

15.7

(0.2)
 
15.6

16.2

(0.6)
Copenhagen and Skoal
50.3

50.5

(0.2)
 
50.4

50.7

(0.3)
Other
3.6

3.5

0.1
 
3.5

3.3

0.2
Total smokeless products
53.9
%
54.0
%
(0.1)
 
53.9
%
54.0
%
(0.1)
Note: The smokeless products retail share results exclude international volume and oral nicotine pouch volume. Retail share results for smokeless products are based on data from IRI InfoScan, a tracking service that uses a sample of stores to project market share and depict share trends. This service tracks sales in the food, drug, mass merchandisers, convenience, military, dollar store and club trade classes on the number of cans and packs sold. Smokeless products is defined by IRI as moist smokeless and spit-free tobacco products. New types of smokeless products, as well as new packaging configurations of existing smokeless products, may or may not be equivalent to existing MST products on a can-for-can basis. For example, one pack of snus, irrespective of the number of pouches in the pack, is assumed to be equivalent to one can of MST. Because this service represents retail share performance only in key trade channels, it should not be considered a precise measurement of actual retail share. It is IRI’s standard practice to periodically refresh its InfoScan services, which could restate retail share results that were previously released in this service.

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WINE

Revenues, OCI and Shipment Volume
Fourth Quarter
Net revenues increased 2.0%, driven by higher shipment volume.
Reported OCI decreased $30 million, primarily driven by the 2019 impairment of the wine segment goodwill and higher costs, partially offset by the 2018 impairment of the Columbia Crest trademark.
Adjusted OCI decreased $8 million, primarily driven by higher costs.
Reported wine shipment volume increased 2.6% to approximately 2.4 million cases.
Full Year
Net revenues decreased 0.3%, primarily driven by higher promotional investments, partially offset by higher shipment volume and favorable premium mix.
Reported OCI decreased $53 million, primarily driven by the 2019 impairment of the wine segment goodwill, higher costs and higher promotional investments, partially offset by the 2018 impairment of the Columbia Crest trademark.
Adjusted OCI decreased $31 million, primarily driven by higher costs and higher promotional investments.
Reported wine shipment volume increased 0.6% to approximately 8.3 million cases.

Table 8 - Wine: Revenues and OCI (Loss) ($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter
 
Full Year
 
2019
2018
Change
 
2019
2018
Change
Net revenues
$
206

$
202

2.0
 %
 
689

$
691

(0.3
)%
Excise taxes
(6
)
(6
)
 
 
(21
)
(21
)
 
Revenues net of excise taxes
$
200

$
196

2.0
 %
 
$
668

$
670

(0.3
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reported Operating Companies Income (Loss)
$
(53
)
$
(23
)
(100.0)%+

 
$
(3
)
$
50

(100.0)%+

Asset impairment and exit costs
76

54

 
 
76

54

 
Adjusted OCI
$
23

$
31

(25.8
)%
 
$
73

$
104

(29.8
)%
Adjusted OCI margins 1
11.5
%
15.8
%
(4.3) pp

 
10.9
%
15.5
%
(4.6) pp

1 Adjusted OCI margins are calculated as adjusted OCI divided by revenues net of excise taxes.


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Altria’s Profile
Altria’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Philip Morris USA Inc. (PM USA), U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC (USSTC), John Middleton Co. (Middleton), Sherman Group Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries (Nat Sherman), Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. (Ste. Michelle) and Philip Morris Capital Corporation (PMCC). Altria owns an 80% interest in Helix Innovations LLC (Helix). Altria holds equity investments in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (ABI), JUUL Labs, Inc. (JUUL) and Cronos Group Inc. (Cronos).
The brand portfolios of Altria’s tobacco operating companies include Marlboro®, Black & Mild®, Copenhagen®, Skoal® and on!® . Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle®, 14 Hands® and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and it imports and markets Antinori®, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatteand Villa Maria Estate products in the United States. Trademarks and service marks related to Altria referenced in this release are the property of Altria or its subsidiaries or are used with permission.
More information about Altria is available at altria.com and on the Altria Investor app, or follow Altria on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Basis of Presentation
Altria reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. Altria’s management reviews OCI, which is defined as operating income before general corporate expenses and amortization of intangibles, to evaluate the performance of, and allocate resources to, the segments. Altria’s management also reviews certain financial results, including OCI, OCI margins and diluted EPS, on an adjusted basis, which excludes certain income and expense items, including those items noted under “2020 Full-Year Guidance.” Altria’s management does not view any of these special items to be part of Altria’s underlying results as they may be highly variable, may be unusual or infrequent, are difficult to predict and can distort underlying business trends and results. Altria’s management also reviews income tax rates on an adjusted basis. Altria’s adjusted effective tax rate may exclude certain tax items from its reported effective tax rate. Altria’s management believes that adjusted financial measures provide useful additional insight into underlying business trends and results and provide a more meaningful comparison of year-over-year results. Altria’s management uses adjusted financial measures for planning, forecasting and evaluating business and financial performance, including allocating resources and evaluating results relative to employee compensation targets. These adjusted financial measures are not consistent with GAAP and may not be calculated the same as similarly titled measures used by other companies. These adjusted financial measures should thus be considered as supplemental in nature and not considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of historical adjusted financial measures to corresponding GAAP measures are provided in this release.
Altria uses the equity method of accounting for its investment in ABI and Cronos and reports its share of ABI’s and Cronos’s results using a one-quarter lag because ABI’s and Cronos’s results are not available in time to record them in the concurrent period. The one-quarter reporting lag for ABI and Cronos does not affect Altria’s cash flows. Altria accounts for its investment in JUUL as an investment in an equity security. If and when antitrust clearance is obtained, Altria expects to account for its investment in JUUL under the fair value option.
Altria’s reportable segments are smokeable products, including combustible cigarettes and cigars manufactured and sold by PM USA, Middleton and Nat Sherman; smokeless products, including moist smokeless tobacco and snus products manufactured and sold by USSTC, and oral nicotine pouches sold by Helix; and wine, produced and/or distributed by Ste. Michelle. Results for innovative tobacco products and PMCC are included in “All Other.”
Comparisons are to the corresponding prior-year period unless otherwise stated.

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Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This release contains projections of future results and other forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Important factors that may cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in the projections and forward-looking statements included in this release are described in Altria’s publicly filed reports, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2019 and September 30, 2019. These factors include the following:
unfavorable litigation outcomes, including risks associated with adverse jury and judicial determinations, courts and arbitrators reaching conclusions at variance with our, our subsidiaries’ and our investees’ understanding of applicable law, bonding requirements in the jurisdictions that do not limit the dollar amount of appeal bonds, and certain challenges to bond cap statutes;
government, including U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and private sector actions that impact adult tobacco consumer acceptability of, or access to, tobacco products;
the growth of the e-vapor category and other innovative tobacco products contributing to reductions in cigarette and smokeless tobacco product consumption levels and sales volume;
tobacco product taxation, including lower tobacco product consumption levels and potential shifts in adult consumer purchases as a result of federal and state excise tax increases;
the failure by our tobacco and wine subsidiaries to compete effectively in their respective markets;
our tobacco and wine subsidiaries’ continued ability to promote brand equity successfully; to anticipate and respond to evolving adult consumer preferences; to develop, manufacture, market and distribute products that appeal to adult consumers (including, where appropriate, through arrangements with, and investments in third parties); to improve productivity; and to protect or enhance margins through cost savings and price increases;
changes, including in economic conditions that result in consumers choosing lower-priced brands;
the unsuccessful commercialization of adjacent products or processes by our tobacco subsidiaries and investees, including innovative tobacco products that may reduce the health risks associated with current tobacco products and that appeal to adult tobacco consumers;
significant changes in price, availability or quality of tobacco, other raw materials or component parts;
the risks related to the reliance by our tobacco subsidiaries on a few significant facilities and a small number of key suppliers, including an extended disruption at a facility or of service by a supplier;
required or voluntary product recalls as a result of various circumstances such as product contamination or FDA or other regulatory action;
the failure of our information systems or service providers’ information systems to function as intended, or cyber-attacks or security breaches;
unfavorable outcomes of any government investigations of Altria, our subsidiaries or our investees;
a successful challenge to our tax positions;
the risks related to our and our investees’ international business operations, including failure to prevent violations of various United States and foreign laws and regulations such as laws prohibiting bribery and corruption;
our inability to attract and retain the best talent due to the impact of decreasing social acceptance of tobacco usage and tobacco control actions;
the adverse effect of acquisitions or other events on our credit rating;
our inability to acquire attractive businesses or make attractive investments on favorable terms, or at all, or to realize the anticipated benefits from an acquisition or investment;
the risks related to disruption and uncertainty in the credit and capital markets, including risk of access to these markets both generally and at current prevailing rates which may adversely affect our earnings or dividend rate or both;

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impairment losses as a result of the write down of intangible assets, including goodwill;
the risks related to Ste. Michelle’s wine business, including competition, unfavorable changes in grape supply and governmental regulations;
the adverse effects of risks encountered by ABI in its business, foreign currency exchange rates and ABI’s stock price on our equity investment in ABI, including on our reported earnings from and carrying value of our investment in ABI and the dividends paid by ABI on the shares we own;
the risks related to our inability to transfer our equity securities in ABI until October 10, 2021, and, if our ownership percentage decreases below certain levels, the adverse effects of additional tax liabilities, a reduction in the number of directors that we have the right to have appointed to the ABI Board of Directors, and our potential inability to use the equity method of accounting for our investment in ABI;
the risk of challenges to the tax treatment of the consideration we received in the ABI/SABMiller business combination and the tax treatment of our equity investment;
the risks related to our inability to obtain antitrust clearance required for the conversion of our non-voting JUUL shares into voting shares in a timely manner or at all, including the resulting limitations on our rights with respect to our investment in JUUL;
the risks generally related to our investments in JUUL and Cronos, including our inability to realize the expected benefits of our investments in the expected time frames, or at all, due to the risks encountered by our investees in their businesses, such as operational, compliance and regulatory risks at the international, federal, state and local levels, including actions by the FDA, and adverse publicity; potential disruptions to our investees’ management or current or future plans and operations; domestic or international litigation developments, government investigations, tax disputes or otherwise; and impairment of our investments;
the risks related to our inability to acquire a controlling interest in JUUL as a result of standstill restrictions or to control the material decisions of JUUL, restrictions on our ability to sell or otherwise transfer our shares of JUUL until December 20, 2024, and non-competition restrictions for the same time period;
the risks related to any decrease of our percentage ownership in JUUL, including the loss of certain of our governance, consent, preemptive and other rights; and
the risks, including criminal, civil or tax liability for Altria, related to Cronos’s failure to comply with applicable laws, including cannabis laws.

Altria cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not complete and does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that it may make except as required by applicable law. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Altria or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements referenced above.

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Schedule 1
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Losses)
For the Quarters Ended December 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
2018
 
% Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net revenues
$
6,007

 
$
6,114

 
(1.8
)%
Cost of sales 1
1,718

 
1,864

 
 
Excise taxes on products 1
1,205

 
1,328

 
 
Gross profit
3,084

 
2,922

 
5.5
 %
Marketing, administration and research costs
511

 
626

 
 
Asset impairment and exit costs
85

 
381

 
 
Operating companies income 
2,488

 
1,915

 
29.9
 %
Amortization of intangibles
16

 
8

 
 
General corporate expenses
45

 
163

 
 
Operating income 
2,427

 
1,744

 
39.2
 %
Interest and other debt expense, net
291

 
162

 
 
Net periodic benefit (income) cost, excluding service cost
3

 
3

 
 
Earnings from equity investments 1
(859
)
 
(131
)
 
 
Impairment of JUUL equity securities
4,100

 

 
 
Loss on Cronos-related financial instruments
115

 

 
 
Earnings (losses) before income taxes
(1,223
)
 
1,710

 
(100.0)%+

Provision (benefit) for income taxes
591

 
459

 
 
Net earnings (losses)
(1,814
)
 
1,251

 
(100.0)%+

Net (earnings) losses attributable to noncontrolling interests
5

 
(1
)
 
 
Net earnings (losses) attributable to Altria
$
(1,809
)
 
$
1,250

 
(100.0)%+

 
 
 
 
 
 
Per share data:
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings (losses) per share attributable to Altria
$
(1.00
)
 
$
0.66

 
(100.0)%+

 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding
1,865

 
1,877

 
(0.6
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
1  Cost of sales includes charges for resolution expenses related to state settlement agreements and FDA user fees. Supplemental information concerning those items, excise taxes on products sold and earnings from equity investments is shown in Schedule 5.
 




 
 
 
 
 
Schedule 2
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Selected Financial Data
For the Quarters Ended December 31,
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Revenues
 
Smokeable Products
Smokeless Products
Wine
All Other
Total
2019
$
5,159

$
605

$
206

$
37

$
6,007

2018
5,302

572

202

38

6,114

% Change
(2.7
)%
5.8
%
2.0
%
(2.6
)%
(1.8
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation:
 
 
 
 
 
For the quarter ended December 31, 2018
$
5,302

$
572

$
202

$
38

$
6,114

Operations
(143
)
33

4

(1
)
(107
)
For the quarter ended December 31, 2019
$
5,159

$
605

$
206

$
37

$
6,007

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Companies Income (Loss)
 
Smokeable Products
Smokeless Products
Wine
All Other
Total
2019
$
2,145

$
385

$
(53
)
$
11

$
2,488

2018
1,892

346

(23
)
(300
)
1,915

% Change
13.4
 %
11.3
%
(100.0)%+

100.0%+

29.9
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation:
 
 
 
 
 
For the quarter ended December 31, 2018
$
1,892

$
346

$
(23
)
$
(300
)
$
1,915

 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset impairment, exit and implementation
costs - 2018
86

14

54

290

444

Tobacco and health litigation items - 2018
9




9

 
95

14

54

290

453

 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs - 2019
(13
)
(10
)
(76
)
3

(96
)
Tobacco and health litigation items - 2019
(29
)



(29
)
 
(42
)
(10
)
(76
)
3

(125
)
Operations
200

35

(8
)
18

245

For the quarter ended December 31, 2019
$
2,145

$
385

$
(53
)
$
11

$
2,488

 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
Schedule 3
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Losses)
For the Years Ended December 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
 
2018
 
% Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net revenues
$
25,110

 
$
25,364

 
(1.0
)%
Cost of sales 1
7,085

 
7,373

 
 
Excise taxes on products 1
5,314

 
5,737

 
 
Gross profit
12,711

 
12,254

 
3.7
 %
Marketing, administration and research costs
1,983

 
2,403

 
 
Asset impairment and exit costs
158

 
383

 
 
Operating companies income
10,570

 
9,468

 
11.6
 %
Amortization of intangibles
44

 
38

 
 
General corporate expenses
199

 
315

 
 
Corporate asset impairment and exit costs
1

 

 
 
Operating income
10,326

 
9,115

 
13.3
 %
Interest and other debt expense, net
1,280

 
665

 
 
Net periodic benefit (income) cost, excluding service cost
(37
)
 
(34
)
 
 
Earnings from equity investments 1
(1,725
)
 
(890
)
 
 
Impairment of JUUL equity securities
8,600

 

 
 
Loss on Cronos-related financial instruments
1,442

 

 
 
(Gain) loss on ABI/SABMiller business combination

 
33

 
 
Earnings (losses) before income taxes
766

 
9,341

 
(91.8
)%
Provision (benefit) for income taxes
2,064

 
2,374

 
 
Net earnings (losses)
(1,298
)
 
6,967

 
(100.0)%+

Net (earnings) losses attributable to noncontrolling interests
5

 
(4
)
 
 
Net earnings (losses) attributable to Altria
$
(1,293
)
 
$
6,963

 
(100.0)%+

 
 
 
 
 
 
Per share data2:
 
 
 
 
 
  Diluted earnings (losses) per share attributable to Altria
$
(0.70
)
 
$
3.68

 
(100.0)%+

 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding
1,869

 
1,888

 
(1.0
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
1  Cost of sales includes charges for resolution expenses related to state settlement agreements and FDA user fees. Supplemental information concerning those items, excise taxes on products sold and earnings from equity investments is shown in Schedule 5.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2  Diluted earnings (losses) per share attributable to Altria are computed independently for each period. Accordingly, the sum of the quarterly earnings (losses) per share amounts may not agree to the year-to-date amounts.




    
 
 
 
 
 
Schedule 4
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Selected Financial Data
For the Years Ended December 31,
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Revenues
 
Smokeable Products
Smokeless Products
Wine
All Other
Total
2019
$
21,996

$
2,367

$
689

$
58

$
25,110

2018
22,297

2,262

691

114

25,364

% Change
(1.3
)%
4.6
%
(0.3
)%
(49.1
)%
(1.0
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation:
 
 
 
 
 
For the year ended December 31, 2018
$
22,297

$
2,262

$
691

$
114

$
25,364

Operations
(301
)
105

(2
)
(56
)
(254
)
For the year ended December 31, 2019
$
21,996

$
2,367

$
689

$
58

$
25,110

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Companies Income (Loss)
 
Smokeable Products
Smokeless Products
Wine
All Other
Total
2019
$
9,009

$
1,580

$
(3
)
$
(16
)
$
10,570

2018
8,408

1,431

50

(421
)
9,468

% Change
7.1
 %
10.4
%
(100.0)%+

96.2
 %
11.6
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation:
 
 
 
 
 
For the year ended December 31, 2018
$
8,408

$
1,431

$
50

$
(421
)
$
9,468

 
 
 
 
 
 
NPM Adjustment Items - 2018
(145
)



(145
)
Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs - 2018
83

23

54

290

450

Tobacco and health litigation items - 2018
103

10



113

 
41

33

54

290

418

 
 
 
 
 
 
Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs - 2019
(92
)
(26
)
(76
)
(4
)
(198
)
Tobacco and health litigation items - 2019
(72
)



(72
)
 
(164
)
(26
)
(76
)
(4
)
(270
)
Operations
724

142

(31
)
119

954

For the year ended December 31, 2019
$
9,009

$
1,580

$
(3
)
$
(16
)
$
10,570







 
 
 
 
 
Schedule 5
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Financial Data
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Quarters Ended December 31,
 
For the Years
Ended December 31,
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
The segment detail of excise taxes on products sold is as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
$
1,168

 
$
1,291

 
$
5,166

 
$
5,585

Smokeless products
31

 
31

 
127

 
131

Wine
6

 
6

 
21

 
21

 
$
1,205

 
$
1,328

 
$
5,314

 
$
5,737

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The segment detail of charges for resolution expenses related to state settlement agreements included in cost of sales is as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
$
983

 
$
991

 
$
4,178

 
$
4,190

Smokeless products
3

 
2

 
10

 
9

 
$
986

 
$
993

 
$
4,188

 
$
4,199

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The segment detail of FDA user fees included in cost of sales is
     as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
$
70

 
$
74

 
$
288

 
$
286

Smokeless products
1

 
1

 
5

 
4

 
$
71

 
$
75

 
$
293

 
$
290

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The detail of earnings from equity investments is as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABI
$
589

 
$
131

 
$
1,229

 
$
890

Cronos
270

 

 
496

 

 
$
859

 
$
131

 
$
1,725

 
$
890




 
 
 
Schedule 6
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Net Earnings (Losses) and Diluted Earnings (Losses) Per Share - Attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
For the Quarters Ended December 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Earnings (Losses)
 
 Diluted EPS
2019 Net Earnings (Losses)
$
(1,809
)
 
$
(1.00
)
2018 Net Earnings (Losses)
$
1,250

 
$
0.66

% Change
(100.0)%+

 
(100.0)%+

 
 
 


Reconciliation:
 
 
 
2018 Net Earnings (Losses)
$
1,250

 
$
0.66

 
 
 


2018 ABI-related special items
54

 
0.03

2018 Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs
427

 
0.23

2018 Tobacco and health litigation items
9

 

2018 Tax items
45

 
0.03

     Subtotal 2018 special items
535

 
0.29

 
 
 
 
2019 ABI-related special items
288

 
0.16

2019 Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs
(106
)
 
(0.06
)
2019 Tobacco and health litigation items
(22
)
 
(0.01
)
2019 Impairment of JUUL equity securities
(4,100
)
 
(2.20
)
2019 Cronos-related special items
176

 
0.06

2019 Tax items
43

 
0.03

     Subtotal 2019 special items
(3,721
)
 
(2.02
)
 
 
 
 
Fewer shares outstanding

 
0.01

Change in tax rate
(10
)
 
(0.01
)
Operations
137

 
0.07

2019 Net Earnings (Losses)
$
(1,809
)
 
$
(1.00
)




    
 
 
 
 
Schedule 7
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Measures
For the Quarters Ended December 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)