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PMI buys remaining shares of PM Mexico

| May 21, 2013

Philip Morris International will buy Grupo Carso’s 20 percent share in Philip Morris Mexico (PMM)) for approximately $700 million. The purchasing price is subject to a potential adjustment based on PMM’s performance over three years ending two fiscal years after the closing of the purchase.

The transaction, which will give PMI a 100 percent share in PMM, is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2013, subject to the approval of the Mexican antitrust authority.

PMI’s relationship with Grupo Carso, and its founder Carlos Slim Helú, spans more than 30 years. “We would like to express our profound gratitude to Carlos Slim Helú and Grupo Carso, with whom we have built a successful partnership that has positioned PMM as the leading tobacco company in Mexico,” said André Calantzopoulos, CEO of PMI.

“We have benefited greatly from our partnership with Grupo Carso and we remain confident in our ability to excel in this important market in the years ahead,” added James Mortensen, PMI’s president, Latin America and Canada Region.

“After more than 30 years of a very successful partnership of great harmony and cooperation that led PMM to continuous market share growth in the Mexican tobacco market, it is now time to leave PMM in the hands of one of the best management teams and organizations in the world, led by Louis C. Camilleri and André Calantzopoulos,” said Slim Helú, who is also a member of PMI’s board of directors.

In 2012, PPM held a 73.5 percent share of Mexico’s 33.6 billion-stick cigarette market. PMI’s flagship brand, Marlboro, is the leading brand in Mexico with a 2012 market share of 53.6 percent.

PMI to webcast symposium presentation

| May 9, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at of its remarks and question-and-answer session by CFO Jacek Olczak at the Goldman Sachs Consumer Products Symposium on May 14, starting about 9:05 a.m. Eastern Time.

The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI session.

An archived copy of the webcast will be available at until 5 p.m. on June 12.

Remarks and slides will be available at

PMI celebrates performance at annual meeting

| May 8, 2013

Philip Morris International held its annual meeting of shareholders today. Louis C. Camilleri, chairman of the board and CEO, addressed shareholders and answered questions. Chief Operating Officer André Calantzopoulos gave the business presentation, focusing on PMI’s performance since its spin-off in March 2008, which has seen total shareholder return reach 135 percent through April 30, 2013.

“I firmly believe that we still have great opportunities to continue to grow our existing tobacco business through the further expansion of our terrific brand portfolio, additional investments in consumer-relevant innovation and communication, the continued roll-out of our commercial approach, judicious pricing, and a continued focus on efficiency and productivity savings,” noted Calantzopoulos.

He went on to describe the company’s mid- to longer-term additional growth opportunities of further geographic expansion, reducing the prevalence of illicit trade and the commercialization of “next-generation” products.

Calantzopoulos also paid tribute to Camilleri, whom, as announced on March 13, 2013, he succeeded as CEO effective immediately following the meeting. He cited Camilleri’s “passion for the company, his vision and critical and insightful analysis, his regard for the wellbeing and development of our employees, and his devotion to the integrity and transparency of communications to investors and to enhancing shareholder value.”

Camilleri will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

An audio webcast of PMI’s shareholder meeting will be available until June 6 at


Retailers say PM still on top, e-cigs will continue to grow

| April 18, 2013

The first quarter of 2013 has come and gone, and with it, a UBS-CSP survey of a variety of convenience store operators–whose sizes ranged from one store location to more than five hundred—on a range of tobacco-related issues. The exclusive study brought good news for industry leader Philip Morris and even better news for the growing e-cigarette segment.

When asked which of the Big Three premium cigarette brands would gain the most market share in 2013, the majority (54 percent) of retailers surveyed named Marlboro; By comparison, 27 percent picked Camel and 18 percent picked Newport, according to a story on

The majority of survey respondents expected only modest market share for Philip Morris’ new offerings: 60 percent anticipate Marlboro NXT (the company’s capsule cigarette) to have a .25-.5 percent market share by the end of 2013; 71 percent believe Marlboro Southern Cut will have a .25-.5 percent share.


The news was even more positive for e-cigarettes: more than three quarters of surveyed retailers are carrying at least one e-cigarette in their stores and over half are carrying more than one brand. The study results showed retailers are trying a multitude of e-cigarette brands, although blu and NJOY are leading the way.

“Blu is going like gangbusters right now,” said one retailer. Another said he liked the Lorillard-owned company’s “combination of good merchandising and marketing.”

Meanwhile, retailers like the wide availability and distribution of NJOY, along with the fact that the new NJOY Kings product “feels and looks like a real cigarette.”

While retailers were somewhat mixed on which brand will lead the pack, they largely agreed that the segment is here to stay: 95 percent said they believe electronic cigarettes will continue to grow as a category. When asked to explain their opinion, respondents cited the high cost of cigarettes, smoking bans and health concerns as reasons for continued growth.

Philip Morris Q1 profit declines on costs, cuts full-year EPS view

| April 18, 2013

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc. Thursday reported a decline in first-quarter profit, reflecting higher costs. Meanwhile, earnings per share improved from last year. The company also lowered its full-year 2013 earnings outlook for prevailing exchange rates only, according to a story on

However, the firm reiterated its annual constant-currency adjusted diluted earnings per share growth rate target of 10 to 12 percent, reflecting its pricing actions and market share momentum.

Louis Camilleri, chairman and CEO of the company said, “Our first quarter was relatively difficult, with our headline results marred by a number of known factors, including inventory movements, the 2012 leap year effect, currency and a slowly improving – but nevertheless substantial erosion in our – volume in the Philippines.”

Philip Morris, the owner of Marlboro, Parliament and Virginia Slims cigarette brands, said its Cigarette shipment volume declined 6.5 percent from last year. Excluding Philippines, shipment volume was down 2.1 percent. Philippines had unfavorable impact of the disruptive January 2013 excise tax increase.

In the first quarter, net earnings attributable to the company declined to $2.13 billion from $2.16 billion in the previous year. However, on a per share basis, earnings rose to $1.28 from $1.25 in the prior-year quarter, reflecting lower share count. Reported earnings, excluding currency was $1.35 per share in the first quarter of 2013.

Adjusted earnings for the recent quarter were $1.29 per share and adjusted earnings, excluding unfavorable currency of $0.07, totaled $1.36 per share.

On average, 12 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to earn $1.34 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

Net revenues for the quarter grew 2.8 percent to $18.53 billion. Net revenues, excluding excise taxes, rose 1.8 percent to $7.58 billion. Nine analysts had consensus revenue estimate of $7.52 billion for the quarter. Excluding currency, the revenue increase was 3.2 percent.

In European Union, revenues declined 4 percent, while Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa posted a revenue growth of 11.3 percent. Asia showed a marginal improvement of 0.5 percent, while revenues from Latin America & Canada decreased 0.3 percent.

Marketing, administration and research costs advanced to $1.62 billion from $1.51 billion in the preceding year.

For full-year 2013, for prevailing exchange rates only, the company now expects reported earnings per share to be in a range of $5.55 to $5.65, down from the prior outlook of $5.68 to $5.78 per share.

Excluding an unfavorable currency impact, at prevailing exchange rates, of about $0.19, reported earnings per share are still projected to increase by about 10 to 12 percent, compared to adjusted earnings per share of $5.22 in 2012.

Higher 1Q profit, revenue expected from PMI

| April 17, 2013

Philip Morris International Inc., which sells Marlboro and other brands abroad, is expected to report higher profit and revenue when it releases its first-quarter results before the market opens on Thursday. Whether cutting costs and raising prices continued to help PMI compensate for consumers buying fewer, or cheaper, cigarettes has investors anticipating the announcement.

Cigarette shipments rose about 3 percent to 233.1 billion in the fourth quarter that ended in December, and it market share rose in a number of key markets, according to a story in The Washington Post.

Shipments grew 7 percent in the company’s region that encompasses Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but fell about 6 percent in the EU as the region continues to be under pressure due to high unemployment and the continent’s government debt crisis. Shipments also fell about 1 percent in Latin America and Canada.

In Asia, one of its largest growth areas, shipments grew nearly 6 percent. The company benefited from increases in Japan following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The events offered the company a sales opportunity because supply disruptions led Japan Tobacco Inc., the world’s No. 3 tobacco maker, to stop shipping cigarettes within Japan.

Philip Morris International also bought the Philippines company Fortune Tobacco Co. in February 2010, bolstering its Asian business.