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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): April 26, 2018
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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: (804) 274-2200
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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o
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Item 2.02.    Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On April 26, 2018, Altria Group, Inc. issued an earnings press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. 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 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)
Exhibits
 
 
 
 
 
 
99.1

 




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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:    April 26, 2018


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Section 2: EX-99.1 (ALTRIA GROUP, INC. EARNINGS PRESS RELEASE, DATED APRIL 26, 2018)

Exhibit
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ALTRIA REPORTS 2018 FIRST-QUARTER RESULTS;
REAFFIRMS 2018 FULL-YEAR EARNINGS GUIDANCE


RICHMOND, Va. - April 26, 2018 - Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announced its 2018 first-quarter business results and reaffirmed its guidance for 2018 full-year adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS).

“Altria is off to a fast start to the strong year of EPS growth to which we’ve guided, with adjusted diluted EPS growth of 30.1% in the first quarter of 2018,” said Marty Barrington, Altria’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “In addition, Altria continued to reward shareholders by paying out nearly $1.3 billion in dividends, announcing an out-of-cycle dividend increase of 6.1% and repurchasing approximately $513 million in shares. Within the reporting segments, income performance reflects the timing of previously announced investments for the long-term strength of the business.”
“We continue to expect full year adjusted diluted EPS growth of 15% to 19%.”

As previously announced, a conference call with the investment community and news media will be webcast on April 26, 2018 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)
Q1 2018
Change vs.
Q1 2017
Net revenues
$6,108
0.4%
Revenues net of excise taxes
$4,670
1.8%
Tax rate:
Reported tax rate
23.2%
(9.8) pp
Adjusted tax rate
23.2%
(12.5) pp
Per share data:
Reported diluted EPS
$1.00
38.9%
Adjusted diluted EPS
$0.95
30.1%
1 “Adjusted” financial measures presented in this release exclude the impact of special items. See “Basis of Presentation” for more information.

Cash Returns to Shareholders
Dividends:
Altria paid nearly $1.3 billion in dividends in the first quarter.
In March 2018, Altria’s Board of Directors (Board) increased the regular quarterly dividend by 6.1% to $0.70 per share to reflect final 2017 financial results. Altria’s current annualized dividend rate is $2.80 per share, representing an annualized dividend yield of 4.9% as of April 20, 2018.
Altria expects to maintain a dividend payout ratio target of approximately 80% of adjusted diluted EPS. Future dividend payments remain subject to the discretion of the Board.


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Share Repurchase Program:
Altria repurchased eight million shares in the first quarter at an average price of $64.33, for a cost of $513 million.
As of March 31, 2018, Altria had approximately $505 million remaining in the current $1 billion share repurchase program, which Altria expects to complete by the end of 2018. The timing of share repurchases depends upon marketplace conditions and other factors, and this program remains subject to the discretion of the Board.
Innovation
In pursuit of Altria’s aspiration to be the U.S. leader in authorized, non-combustible, reduced-risk products:
USSTC submitted a modified risk tobacco product application (MRTPA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Copenhagen Snuff Fine Cut.
Nu Mark grew e-vapor volume by approximately 30% and expanded MarkTen Elite, a pod-based closed system product, to over 6,000 retail stores.
PM USA participated in Philip Morris International Inc.’s presentation to the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee about the IQOS MRTPA.
PM USA’s initial lead market plans for IQOS are ready to deploy upon FDA authorization.
Other Notable Events
Facilities Consolidation
In the first quarter, Altria completed its previously-announced facilities consolidation, which is expected to deliver approximately $50 million in annualized cost savings by the end of 2018.
Altria recorded total pre-tax charges of approximately $150 million, or $0.05 per share, of which $3 million was recorded in the first quarter of 2018.
2018 Full-Year Guidance
Altria reaffirms its guidance for 2018 full-year adjusted diluted EPS to be in a range of $3.90 to $4.03, representing a growth rate of 15% to 19% from an adjusted diluted EPS base of $3.39 in 2017 as shown in Schedule 6. This guidance range excludes the special items for the first quarter of 2018 shown in Table 1 and an additional $0.07 of tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform Act). This tax expense is related to a tax basis adjustment to Altria’s AB InBev investment. Altria’s 2018 guidance reflects investments in focus areas for long-term growth, including innovative product development and launches, regulatory science, brand equity, retail fixtures and future retail concepts.

Altria expects its 2018 full-year adjusted effective tax rate will be in a range of approximately 23% to 24%.

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, loss on early extinguishment of debt, restructuring charges, gain/loss on AB InBev/SABMiller business combination, AB InBev special items, certain tax items, charges associated with tobacco and health litigation items, and resolutions of certain non-participating 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 and its reported effective tax rate because these items, which could be significant, may be 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.

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ALTRIA GROUP, INC.

See "Basis of Presentation" for an explanation of financial measures and reporting segments discussed in this release. Altria uses the equity method of accounting for its investment in AB InBev and reports its share of AB InBev’s results using a one-quarter lag.
Financial Performance
Net revenues grew 0.4% to $6.1 billion, as higher net revenues in the smokeless products segment were mostly offset by lower net revenues in the smokeable products segment. Revenues net of excise taxes grew 1.8% to nearly $4.7 billion.
Reported diluted EPS increased 38.9% to $1.00, primarily driven by lower income taxes, higher reported equity earnings from AB InBev (which included AB InBev special items), higher reported operating companies income (OCI) in the smokeless products segment and fewer shares outstanding.
Adjusted diluted EPS increased 30.1% to $0.95, primarily driven by lower income taxes, higher adjusted equity earnings from AB InBev, higher adjusted OCI in the smokeless products segment and fewer shares outstanding, partially offset by lower adjusted OCI in the smokeable products segment.
Table 1 - Altria’s Adjusted Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Change
Reported diluted EPS
$
1.00

$
0.72

38.9
%
NPM Adjustment Items
(0.03
)

 
Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs

0.01

 
Tobacco and health litigation items
0.01


 
AB InBev special items
(0.04
)
0.03

 
Loss on AB InBev/SABMiller business combination
0.01


 
Tax items

(0.03
)
 
Adjusted diluted EPS
$
0.95

$
0.73

30.1
%
Note: For details of pre-tax, tax and after-tax amounts, see Schedule 5.

Special Items
The EPS impact of the following special items is shown in Table 1 and Schedule 5.
NPM Adjustment Items
In the first quarter of 2018, Altria recorded pre-tax income of $68 million (or $0.03 per share) for an NPM adjustment settlement with nine states.
AB InBev Special Items
In the first quarter of 2018, equity earnings from AB InBev included net pre-tax income of $117 million (or $0.04 per share), consisting primarily of Altria’s share of AB InBev’s estimated effect of the Tax Reform Act, partially offset by Altria’s share of AB InBev’s mark-to-market losses on AB InBev’s derivative financial instruments used to hedge certain share commitments. In the first quarter of 2017, equity earnings from AB InBev included net pre-tax charges of $73 million (or $0.03 per share), consisting primarily of Altria’s share of AB InBev’s mark-to-market losses on AB InBev’s derivative financial instruments used to hedge certain share commitments.




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SMOKEABLE PRODUCTS

Revenues and OCI
Net revenues declined 0.8% as lower volume and higher promotional investments were mostly offset by higher pricing. Revenues net of excise taxes grew 0.4%.
Reported OCI increased 0.1%, as higher pricing and NPM Adjustment Items were offset by lower volume, investments in strategic initiatives and higher resolution expenses.
Adjusted OCI declined 2.0%, primarily driven by cigarette volume declines, strategic business investments and higher resolution expenses, partially offset by higher pricing. Adjusted OCI margins declined 1.2 percentage points to 49.7%.
Table 2 - Smokeable Products: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Change
Net revenues
$
5,414

$
5,458

(0.8
)%
Excise taxes
(1,401
)
(1,460
)
 
Revenues net of excise taxes
$
4,013

$
3,998

0.4
 %
 
 
 
 
Reported OCI
$
2,038

$
2,036

0.1
 %
NPM Adjustment Items
(68
)
(8
)
 
Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs
1

6

 
Tobacco and health litigation items
24

1

 
Adjusted OCI
$
1,995

$
2,035

(2.0
)%
Adjusted OCI margins 1
49.7
%
50.9
%
(1.2) pp

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

Shipment Volume
Smokeable products segment reported domestic cigarette shipment volume declined 4.2%, primarily driven by the industry’s rate of decline and retail share declines, partially offset by trade inventory movements.
When adjusted for trade inventory movements, smokeable products segment domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased by an estimated 7%.
Total domestic cigarette industry volumes declined by an estimated 5.5%.
Reported cigar shipment volume increased 3.0%.

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Table 3 - Smokeable Products: Shipment Volume (sticks in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Change
Cigarettes:
 
 
 
Marlboro
23,653

24,695

(4.2
)%
Other premium
1,409

1,450

(2.8
)%
Discount
2,460

2,582

(4.7
)%
Total cigarettes
27,522

28,727

(4.2
)%
 
 
 
 
Cigars:
 
 
 
Black & Mild
375

363

3.3
 %
Other
3

4

(25.0
)%
Total cigars
378

367

3.0
 %
 
 
 
 
Total smokeable products
27,900

29,094

(4.1
)%
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
IRI refreshed its cigarette database in the first quarter of 2018, which affected previously released retail share results. Restated share results are summarized below and in Schedule 8.
Marlboro retail share declined 0.5 share points to 43.2%, driven in part by continued effects from the April 2017 California state excise tax increase. Marlboro retail share grew 0.1 share point sequentially.
Smokeable products segment total cigarette retail share declined 0.7 share points to 50.3%, and declined 0.1 share point sequentially.
PM USA expanded Marlboro Ice nationally.
Nat Sherman announced plans to expand Nat’s into 13 additional states across the western U.S. starting in June.
Table 4 - Smokeable Products: Cigarettes Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Percentage point change
Cigarettes:
 
 
 
Marlboro
43.2
%
43.7
%
(0.5
)
Other premium
2.6

2.7

(0.1
)
Discount
4.5

4.6

(0.1
)
Total cigarettes
50.3
%
51.0
%
(0.7
)
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
Net revenues increased 12.7%, primarily driven by the impact of the 2017 voluntary recall and higher pricing. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 13.1%.
Reported OCI increased 37.4%, primarily driven by the impact of the 2017 voluntary recall and higher pricing.
Adjusted OCI increased 27.3%, driven by the same factors, and adjusted OCI margins increased 7.8 percentage points to 69.0%.
Table 5 - Smokeless Products: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Change
Net revenues
$
525

$
466

12.7
%
Excise taxes
(32
)
(30
)
 
Revenues net of excise taxes
$
493

$
436

13.1
%
 
 
 
 
Reported OCI
$
338

$
246

37.4
%
Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs
2

21

 
Adjusted OCI
$
340

$
267

27.3
%
Adjusted OCI margins 1
69.0
%
61.2
%
7.8 pp

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

Shipment Volume
Smokeless products segment reported domestic shipment volume declined 0.1%. Adjusted shipment volume comparisons are not provided due to the unusual effects of the 2017 recall.
The smokeless industry volume declined an estimated 1% over the past six months.
Table 6 - Smokeless Products: Shipment Volume (cans and packs in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Change
Copenhagen
124.4

124.5

(0.1
)%
Skoal
55.0

55.6

(1.1
)%
Copenhagen and Skoal
179.4

180.1

(0.4
)%
Other
16.3

15.7

3.8
 %
Total smokeless products
195.7

195.8

(0.1
)%
Note: Volume includes cans and packs sold, as well as promotional units, but excludes international volume, which is 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.


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Retail Share and Brand Activity
IRI refreshed its smokeless products database in the first quarter of 2018, which affected previously released retail share results. Restated share results are summarized below and in Schedule 8.
Copenhagen retail share grew 1.1 share points to 34.3% and Skoal retail share declined 1.2 share points to 16.2%.
Copenhagen and Skoal combined retail share decreased 0.1 share point to 50.5%.
Smokeless products segment total retail share grew 0.1 share point to 53.8%.
USSTC expanded Copenhagen Southern Blend into 13 states across the western U.S.

Table 7 - Smokeless Products: Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Percentage point change
Copenhagen
34.3
%
33.2
%
1.1
Skoal
16.2

17.4

(1.2)
Copenhagen and Skoal
50.5

50.6

(0.1)
Other
3.3

3.1

0.2
Total smokeless products
53.8
%
53.7
%
0.1
Note: 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.


WINE

Net revenues increased 1.4% primarily driven by higher shipment volume, partially offset by unfavorable mix.
Reported and adjusted OCI declined 19.0%, primarily driven by one-time employee bonuses, partially offset by higher net revenues.
Reported wine shipment volume grew 6.1% to approximately 1.8 million cases.
Table 8 - Wine: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
2018
2017
Change
Net revenues
$
142

$
140

1.4
 %
Excise taxes
(5
)
(4
)
 
Revenues net of excise taxes
$
137

$
136

0.7
 %
 
 
 
 
Reported and Adjusted OCI
$
17

$
21

(19.0
)%
OCI margins 1
12.4
%
15.4
%
(3.0) pp

1 OCI margins are calculated as 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), Nu Mark LLC (Nu Mark), Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. (Ste. Michelle) and Philip Morris Capital Corporation (PMCC). Altria holds an equity investment in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (AB InBev).
The brand portfolios of Altria’s tobacco operating companies include Marlboro®, Black & Mild®, Copenhagen®, Skoal®, MarkTen® and Green Smoke®. Ste. Michelle produces and markets premium wines sold under various labels, including Chateau Ste. Michelle®, Columbia Crest®, 14 Hands® and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and it imports and markets Antinori®, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Torres® and 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.
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 OCI, OCI margins and diluted EPS on an adjusted basis, which excludes certain income and expense items, including those items noted under “2018 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 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 AB InBev and reports its share of AB InBev’s results using a one-quarter lag because AB InBev’s results are not available in time to record them in the concurrent period. The one-quarter reporting lag does not affect Altria’s cash flows.
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 wine, produced and/or distributed by Ste. Michelle. Results for innovative tobacco products (including Nu Mark’s e-vapor products, Verve and IQOS) and PMCC are included in “All Other.”
Comparisons are to the corresponding prior-year period unless otherwise stated.
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 press release are described in Altria’s publicly filed reports, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. These factors include the following: significant competition; changes in adult consumer preferences and demand for Altria’s operating companies’ products; fluctuations in raw material availability, quality and price; reliance on key facilities and

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suppliers; reliance on critical information systems, many of which are managed by third-party service providers; fluctuations in levels of customer inventories; the effects of global, national and local economic and market conditions; changes to income tax laws; federal, state and local legislative activity, including actual and potential federal and state excise tax increases; increasing marketing and regulatory restrictions; the effects of price increases related to excise tax increases and concluded tobacco litigation settlements, consumption rates and consumer preferences within price segments; health concerns relating to the use of tobacco products and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke; privately imposed smoking restrictions; and, from time to time, governmental investigations.
Furthermore, the results of Altria’s tobacco businesses are dependent upon their 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 tobacco 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.
Altria and its tobacco businesses are also subject to federal, state and local government regulation, including by the FDA. Altria and its subsidiaries continue to be subject to litigation, including risks associated with adverse jury and judicial determinations, courts reaching conclusions at variance with the companies’ understanding of applicable law, bonding requirements in the limited number of jurisdictions that do not limit the dollar amount of appeal bonds and certain challenges to bond cap statutes.
In addition, the factors related to Altria’s investment in AB InBev include the following: the risk that Altria’s equity securities in AB InBev are subject to restrictions on transfer until October 10, 2021; the risk that Altria’s reported earnings from and carrying value of its equity investment in AB InBev and the dividends paid by AB InBev on shares owned by Altria may be adversely affected by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and other factors, including the risks encountered by AB InBev in its business; the risk that the tax treatment of Altria’s transaction consideration from the AB InBev/SABMiller business combination and the accounting treatment of its equity investment are not guaranteed; and the risk that the tax treatment of Altria’s investment in AB InBev may not be as favorable as Altria anticipates.
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.

Source: Altria Group, Inc.

Altria Client Services         Altria Client Services
Investor Relations         Media Relations
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Schedule 1
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
% Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net revenues
$
6,108

 
$
6,083

 
0.4
 %
Cost of sales 1
1,734

 
1,813

 
 
Excise taxes on products 1
1,438

 
1,494

 
 
Gross profit
2,936

 
2,776

 
5.8
 %
Marketing, administration and research costs
567

 
482

 
 
Asset impairment and exit costs
2

 
4

 
 
Operating companies income 
2,367

 
2,290

 
3.4
 %
Amortization of intangibles
5

 
5

 
 
General corporate expenses
46

 
46

 
 
Operating income 
2,316

 
2,239

 
3.4
 %
Interest and other debt expense, net
166

 
179

 
 
Net periodic benefit income, excluding service cost
(7
)
 
(8
)
 
 
Earnings from equity investment in AB InBev
(342
)
 
(23
)
 
 
Loss on AB InBev/SABMiller business combination
33

 

 
 
Earnings before income taxes
2,466

 
2,091

 
17.9
 %
Provision for income taxes
571

 
689

 
 
Net earnings
1,895

 
1,402

 
35.2
 %
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
(1
)
 
(1
)
 
 
Net earnings attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
$
1,894

 
$
1,401

 
35.2
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
Per share data:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to
Altria Group, Inc.
$
1.00

 
$
0.72

 
38.9
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding
1,899

 
1,939

 
(2.1
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
1  Cost of sales includes charges for resolution expenses related to state settlement agreements and FDA user fees. Supplemental information concerning those items and excise taxes on products sold is shown in Schedule 3.

    Note:  As a result of the January 1, 2018 adoption of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-07, Compensation-Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost (“ASU No. 2017-07”), certain immaterial prior-year amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period’s presentation.
 




 
 
 
 
 
Schedule 2
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Selected Financial Data
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Revenues
 
Smokeable Products
Smokeless Products
Wine
All Other
Total
2018
$
5,414

$
525

$
142

$
27

$
6,108

2017
5,458

466

140

19

6,083

% Change
(0.8
)%
12.7
%
1.4
 %
42.1
 %
0.4
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation:
 
 
 
 
 
For the quarter ended March 31, 2017
$
5,458

$
466

$
140

$
19

$
6,083

Operations
(44
)
59

2

8

25

For the quarter ended March 31, 2018
$
5,414

$
525

$
142

$
27

$
6,108

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Companies Income (Loss)
 
Smokeable Products
Smokeless Products
Wine
All Other
Total
2018
$
2,038

$
338

$
17

$
(26
)
$
2,367

2017
2,036

246

21

(13
)
2,290

% Change
0.1
 %
37.4
%
(19.0
)%
(100.0
)%
3.4
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reconciliation:
 
 
 
 
 
For the quarter ended March 31, 2017
$
2,036

$
246

$
21

$
(13
)
$
2,290

 
 
 
 
 
 
NPM Adjustment Items - 2017
(8
)



(8
)
Asset impairment, exit and implementation
    costs - 2017
6

21



27

Tobacco and health litigation items - 2017
1




1

 
(1
)
21



20

 
 
 
 
 
 
NPM Adjustment Items - 2018
68




68

Asset impairment, exit and implementation
    costs - 2018
(1
)
(2
)


(3
)
Tobacco and health litigation items - 2018
(24
)



(24
)
 
43

(2
)


41

Operations
(40
)
73

(4
)
(13
)
16

For the quarter ended March 31, 2018
$
2,038

$
338

$
17

$
(26
)
$
2,367

 
 
 
 
 
 
Note:  As a result of the January 1, 2018 adoption of ASU No. 2017-07, certain immaterial prior-year operating companies income (loss) amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period’s presentation.




 
 
 
Schedule 3
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Financial Data
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
The segment detail of excise taxes on products sold is as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
$
1,401

 
$
1,460

Smokeless products
32

 
30

Wine
5

 
4

 
$
1,438

 
$
1,494

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The segment detail of charges for resolution expenses related to state settlement agreements included in cost of sales is as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
$
1,017

 
$
1,080

Smokeless products
2

 
2

 
$
1,019

 
$
1,082

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The segment detail of FDA user fees included in cost of sales is
     as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
$
69

 
$
68

Smokeless products
1

 
1

 
$
70

 
$
69

 
 
 
 



 
 
 
Schedule 4
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Net Earnings and Diluted Earnings Per Share - Attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Earnings
 
 Diluted EPS
2018 Net Earnings
$
1,894

 
$
1.00

2017 Net Earnings
$
1,401

 
$
0.72

% Change
35.2
%
 
38.9
%
 
 
 


Reconciliation:
 
 
 
2017 Net Earnings
$
1,401

 
$
0.72

 
 
 


2017 NPM Adjustment Items
(1
)
 

2017 Tobacco and health litigation items
1

 

2017 AB InBev special items
48

 
0.03

2017 Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs
19

 
0.01

2017 Tax items
(58
)
 
(0.03
)
     Subtotal 2017 special items
9

 
0.01

 
 
 
 
2018 NPM Adjustment Items
51

 
0.03

2018 AB InBev special items
92

 
0.04

2018 Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs
(2
)
 

2018 Tobacco and health litigation items
(20
)
 
(0.01
)
2018 Loss on AB InBev/SABMiller business combination
(26
)
 
(0.01
)
2018 Tax items
(1
)
 

     Subtotal 2018 special items
94

 
0.05

 
 
 
 
Fewer shares outstanding

 
0.02

Change in tax rate
293

 
0.15

Operations
97

 
0.05

2018 Net Earnings
$
1,894

 
$
1.00





 
 
 
 
Schedule 5
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Measures
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings before Income Taxes
Provision for Income Taxes
Net Earnings
Net Earnings Attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
Diluted EPS
2018 Reported
$
2,466

$
571

$
1,895

$
1,894

$
1.00

NPM Adjustment Items
(68
)
(17
)
(51
)
(51
)
(0.03
)
AB InBev special items
(117
)
(25
)
(92
)
(92
)
(0.04
)
Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs
3

1

2

2


Tobacco and health litigation items
28

8

20

20

0.01

Loss on AB InBev/SABMiller business combination
33

7

26

26

0.01

Tax items

(1
)
1

1


2018 Adjusted for Special Items
$
2,345

$
544

$
1,801

$
1,800

$
0.95

 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 Reported
$
2,091

$
689

$
1,402

$
1,401

$
0.72

NPM Adjustment Items
(1
)

(1
)
(1
)

Tobacco and health litigation items
1


1

1


AB InBev special items
73

25

48

48

0.03

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs
30

11

19

19

0.01

Tax items

58

(58
)
(58
)
(0.03
)
2017 Adjusted for Special Items
$
2,194

$
783

$
1,411

$
1,410

$
0.73

 


 
 
 
 
2018 Reported Net Earnings
 


$
1,894

$
1.00

2017 Reported Net Earnings
 


$
1,401

$
0.72

% Change






35.2
%
38.9
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Net Earnings Adjusted for Special Items
 
 
$
1,800

$
0.95

2017 Net Earnings Adjusted for Special Items
 
 
$
1,410

$
0.73

% Change
 
 
 
27.7
%
30.1
%




 
 
 
 
Schedule 6
 
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Measures
For the Year Ended December 31, 2017
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings before Income Taxes
(Benefit) Provision for Income Taxes
Net Earnings
Net Earnings Attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
Diluted EPS
2017 Reported
$
9,828

$
(399
)
$
10,227

$
10,222

$
5.31

NPM Adjustment Items
4

2

2

2


Tobacco and health litigation items
80

30

50

50

0.03

AB InBev special items
160

55

105

105

0.05

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and
acquisition-related costs
89

34

55

55

0.03

Gain on AB InBev/SABMiller business
combination
(445
)
(156
)
(289
)
(289
)
(0.15
)
Settlement charge for lump sum pension payments
81

32

49

49

0.03

Tax items

3,674

(3,674
)
(3,674
)
(1.91
)
2017 Adjusted for Special Items
$
9,797

$
3,272

$
6,525

$
6,520

$
3.39

 
 
 
 
 
 




 
 
 
Schedule 7
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
2,191

 
$
1,253

Inventories
2,257

 
2,225

Other current assets
376

 
866

Property, plant and equipment, net
1,891

 
1,914

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net
17,707

 
17,707

Investment in AB InBev
18,199

 
17,952

Finance assets, net
854

 
899

Other long-term assets
424

 
386

Total assets
$
43,899

 
$
43,202

 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
$
864

 
$
864

Accrued settlement charges
3,458

 
2,442

Other current liabilities
3,153

 
3,486

Long-term debt
13,033

 
13,030

Deferred income taxes
5,292

 
5,247

Accrued postretirement health care costs
1,987

 
1,987

Accrued pension costs
382

 
445

Other long-term liabilities
296

 
283

      Total liabilities
28,465

 
27,784

      Redeemable noncontrolling interest
37

 
38

      Total stockholders’ equity
15,397

 
15,380

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
43,899

 
$
43,202

 
 
 
 
Total debt
$
13,897

 
$
13,894

 
 
 
 




 
 
 
Schedule 8
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Retail Share Data
(Unaudited)

IRI refreshed its cigarette and smokeless products databases in the first quarter of 2018, which affected previously released retail share results. Restated share results are summarized below.

Smokeable Products: Cigarettes Restated Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Three Months Ended
 
12/31/17
 
9/30/17
 
6/30/17
 
3/31/17
Cigarettes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Marlboro
43.1
%
 
43.2
%
 
43.5
%
 
43.7
%
     Other premium
2.6

 
2.7

 
2.7

 
2.7

     Discount
4.7

 
4.7

 
4.7

 
4.6

Total cigarettes
50.4
%
 
50.6
%
 
50.9
%
 
51.0
%
Smokeable Products: Cigarettes Restated Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Year Ended
 
For the Nine Months Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
 
For the Three Months Ended
 
12/31/17
 
9/30/17
 
6/30/17
 
03/31/17
Cigarettes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Marlboro
43.4
%
 
43.5
%
 
43.6
%
 
43.7
%
     Other premium
2.7

 
2.7

 
2.7

 
2.7

     Discount
4.6

 
4.6

 
4.7

 
4.6

Total cigarettes
50.7
%
 
50.8
%
 
51.0
%
 
51.0
%

Smokeless Products: Restated Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Three Months Ended
 
12/31/17
 
9/30/17
 
6/30/17
 
3/31/17
Copenhagen
34.1
%
 
34.1
%
 
34.3
%
 
33.2
%
Skoal
16.3

 
16.6

 
16.8

 
17.4

Copenhagen and Skoal
50.4

 
50.7

 
51.1

 
50.6

Other
3.4

 
3.3

 
3.2

 
3.1

Total smokeless products
53.8
%
 
54.0
%
 
54.3
%
 
53.7
%
Smokeless Products: Restated Retail Share (percent)
 
 
 
 
 
For the Year Ended
 
For the Nine Months Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
 
For the Three Months Ended
 
12/31/17
 
9/30/17
 
6/30/17
 
3/31/17
Copenhagen
34.0
%
 
33.9
%
 
33.8
%
 
33.2
%
Skoal
16.7

 
16.9

 
17.0

 
17.4

Copenhagen and Skoal
50.7

 
50.8

 
50.8

 
50.6

Other
3.3

 
3.2

 
3.2

 
3.1

Total smokeless products
54.0
%
 
54.0
%
 
54.0
%
 
53.7
%


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