Altria Reports 2020 First-quarter Results; Core Tobacco Segments Deliver Strong OCI and Cash Flow; Withdraws Earnings Guidance Due to Uncertain COVID-19 Impacts on Diverse Business Model

Company Release - 4/30/2020 7:00 AM ET

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announces its 2020 first-quarter business results, including strong performance from its core tobacco segments and the withdrawal of its full-year 2020 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) guidance and 2020 - 2022 adjusted diluted EPS growth objective due to COVID-19 uncertainty.

“The first-quarter brought out the best in Altria’s employees as we navigated the dynamic tobacco environment and the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Billy Gifford, Altria’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve approached these challenges together by focusing on the health and welfare of our employees, maintaining business continuity and supporting our communities.”

“We had an excellent start to the year, growing our first-quarter adjusted diluted EPS by 18.5%, driven by the strength of our smokeable and oral tobacco products segments. Due to the uncertainties related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our diverse business model and economic recovery scenarios, we’re withdrawing our full-year 2020 adjusted diluted EPS guidance and, as a result, we’re also withdrawing our compounded annual adjusted diluted EPS growth objective. We’re continuing to assess the COVID-19 situation and intend to reestablish guidance at the appropriate time.”

“Our dividend is important to our investors and it remains a top priority for us. Our objective continues to be a dividend payout ratio target of approximately 80% of adjusted diluted EPS. For 2020, we expect to recommend a quarterly dividend rate to our Board that reflects, among other things, our strong cash generation and the strength of our balance sheet.”

Altria Headline Financials1

($ in millions, except per share data)

Q1 2020

Change vs.

Q1 2019

Net revenues

$

6,359

 

13.0

%

Revenues net of excise taxes

$

5,046

 

15.0

%

 

Reported tax rate

 

26.5

%

0.4 pp

Adjusted tax rate2

 

24.0

%

0.1 pp

 

Reported diluted EPS

$

0.83

 

38.3

%

Adjusted diluted EPS2

$

1.09

 

18.5

%

1 “Adjusted” financial measures presented in this release exclude the impact of special items. See “

” for more information.

2 Prior period amounts have been recast to conform with current period presentation for certain ABI market-to-market adjustments that were not previously identified as special items and that are now excluded from Altria’s adjusted financial measures. For more information, see discussion below and Schedule 12.

As previously announced, a conference call with the investment community and news media will be webcast on April 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 Leadership and Governance Changes

  • On April 17, 2020, Altria announced Howard Willard’s retirement as Chairman of the Board (Chairman) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Altria.
  • Following Mr. Willard’s retirement, Altria’s Board of Directors (Board) elected Billy Gifford, formerly Altria’s Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), to serve as Altria’s CEO.
  • Altria also announced the Board’s decision to separate the roles of Chairman and CEO. The Board elected Thomas Farrell, formerly the Board’s independent Presiding Director, to serve as independent Chairman.
  • In connection with Mr. Gifford’s appointment as CEO, the Board elected Salvatore Mancuso to serve as Altria’s CFO.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Impact to Employees

  • Altria has implemented remote working for many employees and aligned our practices with the recommended social distancing protocols from public health authorities. To date, Altria has experienced minimal impact to productivity due to remote working and its critical information technology systems have remained operational.

Impact to Business Operations:

  • Altria has reopened the Richmond Manufacturing Center under enhanced safety protocols and all of Altria’s manufacturing facilities are currently operational. Altria is continuing to monitor the risks associated with facility disruptions and workforce availability as a result of COVID-19 uncertainty.
  • To date, Altria’s companies have not experienced any material disruptions to their supply chains or distribution systems, but continue to monitor these risks and are executing against business continuity plans.
  • In March, PM USA closed its Atlanta and RichmondIQOS stores temporarily and paused its IQOS in-person marketing efforts. PM USA will consider guidance from public health authorities in deciding when to reopen the stores and resume its interactive marketing approach. HeatSticks remain available for sale in over 500 retail stores across Atlanta and Richmond, and PM USA believes it currently has sufficient on-hand inventories. PM USA has also delayed the launch of IQOS in Charlotte due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • To date, Altria’s companies have not experienced any material adverse effects associated with governmental actions to restrict consumer movement or business operations, but continue to monitor these factors. The majority of retail stores in which their products are sold, including convenience stores, have been deemed to be essential businesses by authorities and remain open.
  • Altria is monitoring the macro-economic risks of COVID-19 and its effect on adult tobacco consumers, including impacts to unemployment rates, consumer confidence levels, number of housing starts and gasoline prices. Altria expects an increase in consumer down-trading in the cigarette and moist smokeless tobacco (MST) categories, and believes the degree of down-trading will depend on several factors, including the depth and duration of higher unemployment and the severity of COVID-19 impacts, with potential offsetting factors of lower gasoline prices, increased unemployment benefits and government stimulus payments. Altria is also monitoring adult tobacco consumers’ purchasing behavior, including overall tobacco product expenditures and interest in noncombustible products.
  • Helix is continuing to build domestic manufacturing capacity for on! in the Richmond Manufacturing Center. Current installed annualized capacity is approximately 25 million cans. However, due to the impacts of COVID-19, Helix expects potential delays in its ability to achieve annualized production capacity of 50 million cans by mid-year and 75 million cans by the end of 2020.
  • Ste. Michelle’s on-premise wine sales in restaurants, bars, hospitality venues and cruise lines have been negatively affected by COVID-19 disruptions. Due to product volume demand uncertainty, which has been further negatively impacted in the first quarter by factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ste. Michelle recorded inventory-related charges, including a write-off and an estimated loss on non-cancelable future grape purchase commitments. Ste. Michelle will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 associated risks on its earnings.

Impact to Investments:

  • ABI has made several public disclosures regarding the impact of COVID-19 on its business, including withdrawing its financial forecast and a proposal to halve the final 2019 dividend payment. In addition, the extreme market disruption and volatility associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a steep decline in ABI’s stock price, and the fair value of our investment in ABI is now well below the carrying value of our investment in ABI. While Altria believes that this decline is temporary, we will continue to monitor our investment in ABI and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ABI’s business and market valuation and the associated risks to Altria.
  • Altria has considered the impact of COVID-19 on the businesses of JUUL and Cronos, including their sales, distribution, operations, supply chain and liquidity. At this time, Altria believes the impact of COVID-19 to these businesses is not material, and Altria’s assessment, which included the consideration of potential impacts of COVID-19 on the businesses, did not result in impairment at March 31, 2020.

Impact to Liquidity and Capital Allocation:

  • In the first quarter, Altria did not repurchase any shares of its common stock and borrowed the full $3 billion capacity available under its revolving credit facility as a precautionary measure.
  • To further strengthen Altria’s liquidity position, the Board rescinded Altria’s $1 billion share repurchase program that had a $500 million balance.
  • For the coming quarters, Altria expects to maintain a higher cash balance than normal to preserve its financial flexibility.
  • Altria’s objective remains a dividend payout ratio target of approximately 80% of adjusted diluted EPS. Since Altria has withdrawn its full-year 2020 adjusted diluted EPS guidance due to the impacts of COVID-19, it expects to approach the 2020 dividend by recommending a quarterly dividend rate to the Board that reflects, among other things, its strong cash generation and the strength of its balance sheet.

Altria Support for Communities:

  • Altria donated supplies and committed an initial $1 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
  • Altria is providing additional flexibility to its valued non-profit partners with the use of grant and sponsorship dollars to support general operating needs. Altria is also accelerating some payments and relaxing reporting requirements.

JUUL Investment

  • On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced its decision to file an administrative complaint against Altria and JUUL to challenge Altria’s minority investment in JUUL.
  • Altria intends to vigorously defend the transaction.

Graphic Health Warnings for Cigarettes

  • On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a final rule requiring graphic health warnings on cigarettes and advertisements.
  • Altria believes the final rule goes beyond what is permitted under the First Amendment and that FDA’s cited research provides inadequate support for the warnings.
  • Altria is evaluating its options for further action.

2020 Full-Year Guidance and 2020 - 2022 Adjusted Diluted EPS Growth Objective

  • Due to the uncertainties related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery scenarios, Altria withdraws its full-year 2020 adjusted diluted EPS guidance of $4.39 to $4.51 and, as a result, Altria also withdraws its 2020 to 2022 compounded annual adjusted diluted EPS growth objective of 4% to 7%. In making the decision, Altria considered various factors, including uncertain contributions from its equity investment in ABI and the potential impacts of COVID-19 on the macro-economic environment and adult tobacco consumers.

Altria maintains its 2020 estimated full-year domestic cigarette industry adjusted decline rate to be in a range of 4% to 6%.

Altria revises its expectation for 2020 capital expenditures to be between $200 million and $250 million. Altria maintains its expectation for depreciation and amortization expenses of approximately $240 million.

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.

See Basis of Presentation below for an explanation of financial measures and reporting segments discussed in this release.

Financial Performance

  • Net revenues increased 13.0% to $6.4 billion, primarily due to higher net revenues in the smokeable and oral tobacco products segments. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 15.0% to $5.0 billion.
  • Reported diluted EPS increased 38.3% to $0.83, primarily driven by higher reported operating companies income (OCI) in the smokeable and oral tobacco products segments, lower charges for Cronos-related special items, 2019 acquisition-related costs associated with the JUUL and Cronos transactions, higher reported earnings from Altria’s equity investment in ABI and fewer shares outstanding, partially offset by higher asset, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 18.5% to $1.09, primarily driven by higher adjusted OCI in the smokeable and oral tobacco products segments and fewer shares outstanding, partially offset by lower adjusted earnings from Altria’s equity investment in ABI.

Table 1 - Altria’s Adjusted Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Change

Reported diluted EPS

$

 

0.83

 

$

 

0.60

 

38.3

%

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

0.16

 

 

0.06

 

 

Tobacco and health litigation items

 

0.01

 

 

0.01

 

 

ABI-related special items 1

 

0.03

 

 

0.07

 

 

Cronos-related special items

 

0.05

 

 

0.17

 

 

Tax items

 

0.01

 

 

0.01

 

 

Adjusted diluted EPS

$

 

1.09

 

$

 

0.92

 

18.5

%

 

1 Beginning in the first quarter of 2020, Altria changed its treatment of Altria’s share of ABI’s mark-to-market activity relating to certain ABI financial instruments associated with its share-based compensation programs that were previously included in Altria’s adjusted results. These amounts will now be treated as special items and excluded from Altria’s adjusted results. The change is consistent with Altria’s treatment of its share of ABI’s mark-to-market activity on ABI’s financial instruments associated with its other share commitments. Altria has recast prior period results to conform with current period presentation. For further information, see Schedule 12.

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 Schedules 4 and 5.

Asset Impairment, Exit, Implementation and Acquisition-Related Costs

  • In the first quarter of 2020, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $392 million (or $0.16 per share) consisting of $292 million for a wine inventory write-off and $100 million for estimated losses on future non-cancelable grape purchase commitments that Ste. Michelle believes no longer have a future economic benefit.
  • In the first quarter of 2019, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $159 million (or $0.06 per share) for acquisition-related costs associated with the Cronos and JUUL transactions and Altria’s cost reduction program announced in December 2018.

ABI-Related Special Items

  • In the first quarter of 2020, equity earnings from ABI included pre-tax charges of $56 million (or $0.03 per share), consisting primarily of Altria’s share of ABI’s net mark-to-market losses on certain ABI financial instruments associated with its share commitments, partially offset by an additional net gain related to ABI’s completion of its initial public offering of a minority stake of its Asia Pacific subsidiary.
  • In the first quarter of 2019, equity earnings from ABI included pre-tax charges of $163 million (or $0.07 per share), consisting primarily of Altria’s share of ABI’s net mark-to-market losses on certain ABI financial instruments associated with its share commitments.

Cronos-Related Special Items

  • In the first quarter of 2020, Altria recorded net pre-tax charges of $89 million (or $0.05 per share), consisting of the following: pre-tax charges of $137 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, partially offset by net gains of $48 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.
  • In the first quarter of 2019, Altria recorded pre-tax charges of $425 million (or $0.17 per share) primarily resulting from the non-cash change during the quarter in the fair value of Cronos-related derivative financial instruments to acquire additional shares of Cronos.

SMOKEABLE PRODUCTS

Revenues and OCI

  • Net revenues increased 13.6%, primarily driven by higher shipment volume and higher pricing. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 16.0%.
  • Reported OCI increased 22.7%, primarily driven by higher pricing, higher shipment volume and 2019 asset impairment, exit and implementation costs, partially offset by higher resolution expenses.
  • Adjusted OCI increased 20.1%, primarily driven by higher pricing and higher shipment volume, partially offset by higher resolution expenses. Adjusted OCI marginsincreased 2.0 percentage points to 55.3%.

Table 2 - Smokeable Products: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Change

Net revenues

$

5,606

 

$

4,935

 

13.6%

Excise taxes

(1,278

)

(1,203

)

 

Revenues net of excise taxes

$

4,328

 

$

3,732

 

16.0%

 

 

 

 

Reported OCI

$

2,370

 

$

1,932

 

22.7%

Asset impairment, exit and implementation costs

 

44

 

 

Tobacco and health litigation items

22

 

15

 

 

Adjusted OCI

$

2,392

 

$

1,991

 

20.1%

Adjusted OCI margins 1

55.3

%

53.3

%

2.0 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 volumeincreased 6.1%, primarily driven by trade inventory movements, calendar differences and consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19, partially offset by the industry’s rate of decline, retail share losses and other factors.
  • When adjusted for the traditional factors of trade inventory movements, calendar differences, and other factors, smokeable products segment domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased by an estimated 3.5%. However, Altria believes that its preliminary estimates of consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19 should be an adjusting factor to reported volumes due to its high likelihood of near-term volume payback. When adjusted for trade inventory movements, calendar differences, Altria’s preliminary estimates of consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19 and other factors, smokeable products segment domestic cigarette shipment volume decreased by an estimated 5%.
  • When adjusted for the traditional factors of trade inventory movements, calendar differences, and other factors, total domestic cigarette industry volumes declined by an estimated 2%. When adjusted for trade inventory movements, calendar differences, Altria’s’ preliminary estimate of consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19 and other factors, total domestic cigarette industry volumes decreased by an estimated 3.5%.
  • Reported cigarshipment volume increased 13.1%.

Table 3 - Smokeable Products: Shipment Volume (sticks in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Change

Cigarettes:

 

 

 

Marlboro

21,842

 

20,467

 

6.7%

Other premium

1,137

 

1,165

 

(2.4)%

Discount

2,045

 

1,962

 

4.2%

Total cigarettes

25,024

 

23,594

 

6.1%

 

 

 

 

Cigars:

 

 

 

Black & Mild

430

 

380

 

13.2%

Other

2

 

2

 

—%

Total cigars

432

 

382

 

13.1%

 

 

 

 

Total smokeable products

25,456

 

23,976

 

6.2%

 

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

  • Marlboro retail share of the total cigarette category declined 0.5 share points to 42.8% due to adult smoker movement across tobacco categories and dynamics within the discount cigarette segment.
  • Marlboro retail share of the premium cigarette segment was unchanged at 56.9%.
  • PM USA expanded Marlboro Bold Ice nationally.
  • The retail share for the total discount cigarette segment increased 0.8 share points to 24.8%, primarily driven by the deep discount segment.

Table 4 - Smokeable Products: Cigarettes Retail Share (percent)

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Percentage
point change

Cigarettes:

 

 

 

Marlboro

42.8

%

43.3

%

(0.5

)

Other premium

2.4

 

2.5

 

(0.1

)

Discount

4.0

 

4.1

 

(0.1

)

Total cigarettes

49.2

%

49.9

%

(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.

ORAL TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Revenues and OCI

  • Net revenues increased 11.3%, primarily driven by higher pricing and higher shipment volume. Revenues net of excise taxes increased 12.0%.
  • Reported and adjusted OCI increased 15.6% and 13.4%, respectively, primarily driven by higher pricing and higher shipment volume, partially offset by increased costs associated with the expansion of on!. Adjusted OCI margins increased 0.9 percentage points to 73.0%.

Table 5 - Oral Tobacco Products: Revenues and OCI ($ in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Change

Net revenues

$

601

 

$

540

 

11.3%

Excise taxes

(31

)

(31

)

 

Revenues net of excise taxes

$

570

 

$

509

 

12.0%

 

 

 

 

Reported OCI

$

414

 

$

358

 

15.6%

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs

2

 

9

 

 

Adjusted OCI

$

416

 

$

367

 

13.4%

Adjusted OCI margins 1

73.0

%

72.1

%

0.9 pp

 

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

Shipment Volume

In the first quarter of 2020, Altria’s smokeless products segment was renamed as the oral tobacco products segment. Altria’s estimated oral tobacco industry volume for the current and comparable periods includes MST, snus and oral nicotine pouch products.

  • Oral tobacco products segment reported domestic shipment volume increased 2.8%, primarily driven by the industry’s growth rate, calendar differences and retail and consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19, partially offset by retail share losses (primarily due to the rapid growth of oral nicotine pouches) and wholesale trade inventory movements. When adjusted for the traditional factors of wholesale trade inventory movements, calendar differences and other factors, oral tobacco products segment shipment volume increased by an estimated 1%. However, Altria believes that its preliminary estimates of retail and consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19 should be an adjusting factor to reported volumes due to its high likelihood of near-term volume payback. When adjusted for wholesale trade inventory movements, Altria’s preliminary estimates of retail and consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19, calendar differences and other factors, oral tobacco products segment shipment volume decreased by an estimated 0.5%.
  • Total oral tobacco industry volume increased by an estimated 6% over the past six months, as the growth in oral nicotine pouches more than offset the volume decline in MST and snus. When adjusted for Altria’s preliminary estimates of retail and consumer pantry loading due to COVID-19, total oral tobacco industry volume increased by an estimated 5% over the past six months.

Table 6 - Oral Tobacco Products: Shipment Volume (cans and packs in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Change

Copenhagen

125.0

 

125.2

 

(0.2)%

Skoal

51.3

 

50.3

 

2.0%

Other

20.4

 

15.9

 

28.3%

Total oral tobacco products

196.7

 

191.4

 

2.8%

 

Note: Volume includes cans and packs sold, as well as promotional units, but excludes international volume, which is currently not material to the oral tobacco products segment. New types of oral tobacco products, as well as new packaging configurations of existing oral tobacco products, may or may not be equivalent to existing MST products on a can-for-can basis. To calculate volumes of cans and packs shipped, one pack of snus or one can of oral nicotine pouches, irrespective of the number of pouches in the pack, is assumed to be equivalent to one can of MST.

Retail Share & Brand Activity

In the first quarter of 2020, Altria’s smokeless products segment was renamed as the oral tobacco products segment. Prior to 2020, Altria’s smokeless products segment retail share included its share of MST and snus products, but excluded oral nicotine pouch products. Beginning in the first quarter of 2020, Altria includes its retail share performance of MST, snus and oral nicotine pouch products. Restated share results are summarized below and in Schedule 10.

  • Oral tobacco products segment retail share was 50.4%. Segment share declined versus the prior year due to the rapid growth of oral nicotine pouches and the associated volume declines in MST and snus.
  • Copenhagen continued to be the leading oral tobacco brand with a retail share of 32.4%.
  • on! was sold in over 28,000 stores at the end of the first quarter, including the top five convenience store chains by oral tobacco volume.
  • Helix expects to submit its PMTA for the on! portfolio in May.

Table 7 - Oral Tobacco Products: Retail Share (percent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Percentage
point change

Copenhagen

32.4

%

34.6

%

(2.2)

Skoal

14.3

 

15.1

 

(0.8)

Other

3.7

 

3.5

 

0.2

Total oral tobacco products

50.4

%

53.2

%

(2.8)

 

Note: The oral tobacco products retail share results exclude international volume. Retail share results for oral tobacco 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. Oral tobacco products is defined by IRI as moist smokeless, snus and oral nicotine pouches. New types of oral tobacco products, as well as new packaging configurations of existing oral tobacco products, may or may not be equivalent to existing MST products on a can-for-can basis. For example, one pack of snus or one can of oral nicotine pouches, 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

Revenues, OCI and Shipment Volume

  • Net revenues decreased 3.3%, driven by lower shipment volume, partially offset by higher pricing and favorable mix.
  • Reported OCI decreased 100%+ to ($379) million, driven by inventory-related charges (included in implementation costs below), lower shipment volume and higher selling, general and administrative costs, partially offset by higher pricing and favorable mix.
  • Adjusted OCI decreased 13.3% to $13 million, primarily driven by lower shipment volume and higher selling, general and administrative costs, partially offset by higher pricing and favorable mix.
  • Reported wine shipment volume decreased 10.2% to approximately 1.7 million cases.
  • Ste. Michelle has implemented a strategic reset in order to maximize its profitability and achieve improved long-term cash flow generation.

Table 8 - Wine: Revenues and OCI (Loss) ($ in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

 

2020

2019

Change

Net revenues

$

146

 

$

151

 

(3.3)%

Excise taxes

(4

)

(5

)

 

Revenues net of excise taxes

$

142

 

$

146

 

(2.7)%

 

 

 

 

Reported OCI

$

(379

)

$

15

 

(100.0)%+

Implementation costs

392

 

 

 

Adjusted OCI

$

13

 

$

15

 

(13.3)%

Adjusted OCI margins 1

9.2

%

10.3

%

(1.1) pp

 

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

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® andon!® . 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 Estateproducts 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.

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Basis of Presentation

Altria reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (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, 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 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 Altria converts its non-voting JUUL shares to voting shares, 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; oral tobacco products, including MST 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.

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, 2019. These factors include the following:

  • the risks associated with health epidemics and pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic and similar outbreaks, such as their impact on our financial performance and financial condition and on our subsidiaries’ and investees’ ability to continue manufacturing and distributing products, and the impact of health epidemics and pandemics on general economic conditions, including any resulting recession;
  • unfavorable litigation outcomes, including risks associated with adverse jury and judicial determinations, courts and arbitrators reaching conclusions at variance with our, our subsidiaries’ or 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 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 MST 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, state and local 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 adult consumers choosing lower-priced brands including discount 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 cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products, and that appeal to adult tobacco consumers;
  • significant changes in price, availability or quality of tobacco, other raw materials or component parts, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • the risks related to the reliance by our tobacco and wine subsidiaries on a few significant facilities and a small number of key suppliers, and the risk of an extended disruption at a facility or of service by a supplier of our tobacco or wine subsidiaries or investees including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 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 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 U.S. 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, investments, dispositions 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 and our inability to dispose of businesses or investments on favorable terms or at all;
  • 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;
  • 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 changes in adult consumer preferences that have resulted and may continue to result in increased inventory levels and inventory write offs, and governmental regulations;
  • the risk that any challenge to our investment in JUUL, if successful, could result in a broad range of resolutions such as divestiture of the investment or rescission of the transaction;
  • 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 subject to certain exceptions;
  • the adverse effects of risks encountered by ABI in its business, including effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign currency exchange rates and the impact of movements in ABI’s stock price on our equity investment in ABI, including on our reported earnings from and carrying value of our investment in ABI, which could result in impairment of our investment, 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; and
  • the risks, including criminal, civil or tax liability for Altria, related to Cronos’s or Altria’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.

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)

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

$

 

6,359

 

 

$

 

5,628

 

 

13.0%

Cost of sales 1

 

2,173

 

 

 

1,578

 

 

 

Excise taxes on products 1

 

1,313

 

 

 

1,239

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

2,873

 

 

 

2,811

 

 

2.2%

Marketing, administration and research costs

 

473

 

 

 

479

 

 

 

Asset impairment and exit costs

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

Operating companies income

 

2,400

 

 

 

2,293

 

 

4.7%

Amortization of intangibles

 

19

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

General corporate expenses

 

45

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

Corporate asset impairment and exit costs

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Operating income

 

2,336

 

 

 

2,238

 

 

4.4%

Interest and other debt expense, net

 

275

 

 

 

384

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit income, excluding service cost

 

(27

)

 

 

(1

)

 

 

Earnings from equity investments 1

 

(157

)

 

 

(86

)

 

 

Loss on Cronos-related financial instruments

 

137

 

 

 

425

 

 

 

Earnings before income taxes

 

2,108

 

 

 

1,516

 

 

39.1%

Provision for income taxes

 

558

 

 

 

395

 

 

 

Net earnings

 

1,550

 

 

 

1,121

 

 

38.3%

Net (earnings) losses attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

2

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Altria

$

 

1,552

 

 

$

 

1,120

 

 

38.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per share data:

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share attributable to Altria

$

 

0.83

 

 

$

 

0.60

 

 

38.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding

 

1,858

 

 

 

1,874

 

 

(0.9)%

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 3.

Schedule 2

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Selected Financial Data
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

 

Net Revenues

 

Smokeable
Products

Oral
Tobacco
Products

Wine

All Other

Total

2020

$

 

5,606

 

$

 

601

 

$

 

146

 

$

 

6

 

$

 

6,359

 

2019

 

4,935

 

 

540

 

 

151

 

 

2

 

 

5,628

 

% Change

 

13.6

%

 

11.3

%

 

(3.3

)%

100%+

 

13.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2019

$

 

4,935

 

$

 

540

 

$

 

151

 

$

 

2

 

$

 

5,628

 

Operations

 

671

 

 

61

 

 

(5

)

 

4

 

 

731

 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020

$

 

5,606

 

$

 

601

 

$

 

146

 

$

 

6

 

$

 

6,359

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Companies Income (Loss)

 

Smokeable
Products

Oral
Tobacco
Products

Wine

All Other

Total

2020

$

 

2,370

 

$

 

414

 

$

 

(379

)

$

 

(5

)

$

 

2,400

 

2019

 

1,932

 

 

358

 

 

15

 

 

(12

)

 

2,293

 

% Change

 

22.7

%

 

15.6

%

(100)%+

 

58.3

%

 

4.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2019

$

 

1,932

 

$

 

358

 

$

 

15

 

$

 

(12

)

$

 

2,293

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset impairment, exit and implementation

costs - 2019 

 

44

 

 

9

 

 

 

(5

)

 

48

 

Tobacco and health litigation items - 2019

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

59

 

 

9

 

 

 

(5

)

 

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Implementation and acquisition-related costs - 2020

 

 

(2

)

 

(392

)

 

 

(394

)

Tobacco and health litigation items - 2020

 

(22

)

 

 

 

 

(22

)

 

 

(22

)

 

(2

)

 

(392

)

 

 

(416

)

Operations

 

401

 

 

49

 

 

(2

)

 

12

 

 

460

 

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020

$

 

2,370

 

$

 

414

 

$

 

(379

)

$

 

(5

)

$

 

2,400

 

 

 

 

Schedule 3

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Financial Data
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

For the Quarters
Ended March 31,

 

2020

 

2019

The segment detail of excise taxes on products sold is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smokeable products

$

 

1,278

 

 

$

 

1,203

 

Oral tobacco products

 

31

 

 

 

31

 

Wine

 

4

 

 

 

5

 

 

$

 

1,313

 

 

$

 

1,239

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smokeable products

$

 

1,073

 

 

$

 

911

 

Oral tobacco products

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

 

$

 

1,075

 

 

$

 

913

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The segment detail of FDA user fees included in cost of sales is

as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smokeable products

$

 

71

 

 

$

 

72

 

Oral tobacco products

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

$

 

72

 

 

$

 

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The detail of earnings from equity investments is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABI

$

 

134

 

 

$

 

86

 

Cronos

 

23

 

 

 

 

$

 

157

 

 

$

 

86

 

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

2020 Net Earnings

$

 

1,552

 

 

$

 

0.83

 

2019 Net Earnings

$

 

1,120

 

 

$

 

0.60

 

% Change

 

38.6

%

 

 

38.3

%

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation:

 

 

 

2019 Net Earnings

$

 

1,120

 

 

$

 

0.60

 

 

 

 

 

2019 ABI-related special items 1

 

129

 

 

 

0.07

 

2019 Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

125

 

 

 

0.06

 

2019 Tobacco and health litigation items

 

13

 

 

 

0.01

 

2019 Cronos-related special items

 

328

 

 

 

0.17

 

2019 Tax items

 

19

 

 

 

0.01

 

Subtotal 2019 special items

 

614

 

 

 

0.32

 

 

 

 

 

2020 ABI-related special items

 

(44

)

 

 

(0.03

)

2020 Implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

(300

)

 

 

(0.16

)

2020 Tobacco and health litigation items

 

(19

)

 

 

(0.01

)

2020 Cronos-related special items

 

(95

)

 

 

(0.05

)

2020 Tax items

 

(24

)

 

 

(0.01

)

Subtotal 2020 special items

 

(482

)

 

 

(0.26

)

 

 

 

 

Fewer shares outstanding

 

 

 

0.01

 

Change in tax rate

 

(1

)

 

 

Operations

 

301

 

 

 

0.16

 

2020 Net Earnings

$

 

1,552

 

 

$

 

0.83

 

1 Prior period amounts have been recast to conform with current period presentation for certain ABI mark-to-market adjustments that were not previously identified as special items and that are now excluded from Altria’s adjusted financial measures. For further information, see Schedule 12.

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

Diluted
EPS

2020 Reported

$

 

2,108

 

$

 

558

 

$

 

1,550

 

$

 

1,552

 

$

 

0.83

 

ABI-related special items

 

56

 

 

12

 

 

44

 

 

44

 

 

0.03

 

Implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

395

 

 

95

 

 

300

 

 

300

 

 

0.16

 

Tobacco and health litigation items

 

24

 

 

5

 

 

19

 

 

19

 

 

0.01

 

Cronos-related special items

 

89

 

 

(6

)

 

95

 

 

95

 

 

0.05

 

Tax items

 

 

(24

)

 

24

 

 

24

 

 

0.01

 

2020 Adjusted for Special Items

$

 

2,672

 

$

 

640

 

$

 

2,032

 

$

 

2,034

 

$

 

1.09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Reported

$

 

1,516

 

$

 

395

 

$

 

1,121

 

$

 

1,120

 

$

 

0.60

 

ABI-related special items 1

 

163

 

 

34

 

 

129

 

 

129

 

 

0.07

 

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

159

 

 

34

 

 

125

 

 

125

 

 

0.06

 

Tobacco and health litigation items

 

17

 

 

4

 

 

13

 

 

13

 

 

0.01

 

Cronos-related special items

 

425

 

 

97

 

 

328

 

 

328

 

 

0.17

 

Tax items

 

 

(19

)

 

19

 

 

19

 

 

0.01

 

2019 Adjusted for Special Items

$

 

2,280

 

$

 

545

 

$

 

1,735

 

$

 

1,734

 

$

 

0.92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Reported Net Earnings

 

 

 

$

 

1,552

 

$

 

0.83

 

2019 Reported Net Earnings

 

 

 

$

 

1,120

 

$

 

0.60

 

% Change

 

 

 

 

38.6

%

 

38.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Net Earnings Adjusted for Special Items

 

 

$

 

2,034

 

$

 

1.09

 

2019 Net Earnings Adjusted for Special Items

 

 

$

 

1,734

 

$

 

0.92

 

% Change

 

 

 

 

17.3

%

 

18.5

%

1 Prior period amounts have been recast to conform with current period presentation for certain ABI mark-to-market adjustments that were not previously identified as special items and that are now excluded from Altria’s adjusted financial measures. For further information, see Schedule 12.

Schedule 6

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Measures
For the Year Ended December 31, 2019
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

Earnings
(losses)
before
Income
Taxes

Provision
for Income
Taxes

Net
Earnings
(Losses)

Net Earnings
(Losses)
Attributable to
Altria

Diluted
EPS

2019 Reported

$

 

766

 

$

 

2,064

 

$

 

(1,298

)

$

 

(1,293

)

$

 

(0.70

)

ABI-related special items 1

 

(383

)

 

(80

)

 

(303

)

 

(303

)

 

(0.16

)

Tobacco and health litigation items

 

77

 

 

19

 

 

58

 

 

58

 

 

0.03

 

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and
acquisition-related costs

 

331

 

 

62

 

 

269

 

 

269

 

 

0.15

 

Impairment in JUUL equity securities

 

8,600

 

 

 

8,600

 

 

8,600

 

 

4.60

 

Cronos-related special items

 

928

 

 

288

 

 

640

 

 

640

 

 

0.34

 

Tax items

 

 

99

 

 

(99

)

 

(99

)

 

(0.05

)

2019 Adjusted for Special Items

$

 

10,319

 

$

 

2,452

 

$

 

7,867

 

$

 

7,872

 

$

 

4.21

 

1 Prior period amounts have been recast to conform with current period presentation for certain ABI mark-to-market adjustments that were not previously identified as special items and that are now excluded from Altria’s adjusted financial measures. For further information, see Schedule 11.

Schedule 7

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

March 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

 

5,616

 

 

$

 

2,117

 

Inventories

 

2,006

 

 

 

2,293

 

Other current assets

 

313

 

 

 

414

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

1,997

 

 

 

1,999

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

 

17,845

 

 

 

17,864

 

Investments in equity securities

 

23,861

 

 

 

23,581

 

Other long-term assets

 

980

 

 

 

1,003

 

Total assets

$

 

52,618

 

 

$

 

49,271

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Short-term borrowings

$

 

3,000

 

 

$

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

 

1,000

 

Accrued settlement charges

 

4,419

 

 

 

3,346

 

Other current liabilities

 

3,735

 

 

 

3,828

 

Long-term debt

 

26,971

 

 

 

27,042

 

Deferred income taxes

 

5,191

 

 

 

5,083

 

Accrued postretirement health care costs

 

1,798

 

 

 

1,797

 

Accrued pension costs

 

427

 

 

 

473

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

402

 

 

 

345

 

Total liabilities

 

45,943

 

 

 

42,914

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

 

38

 

 

 

38

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

6,637

 

 

 

6,319

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

 

52,618

 

 

$

 

49,271

 

 

 

 

 

Total debt

$

 

29,971

 

 

$

 

28,042

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule 8

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Calculation of Total Debt to Adjusted EBITDA and Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratios
For the Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2020
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

 

Twelve Months Ended
March 31, 2020

Consolidated Net Earnings (Losses)

 

$

 

(869

)

Equity earnings and noncontrolling interests, net

 

 

(1,789

)

Impairment of JUUL equity securities

 

 

8,600

 

Loss on Cronos-related financial instruments

 

 

1,154

 

Dividends from less than 50% owned affiliates

 

 

395

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

2,227

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

238

 

Asset impairment and exit costs

 

 

119

 

Interest and other debt expense, net

 

 

1,171

 

Consolidated EBITDA 1

 

$

 

11,246

 

 

 

 

Short-term borrowings

 

$

 

3,000

 

Long-term debt

 

 

26,971

 

Total Debt 2

 

 

29,971

 

Cash and cash equivalents3

 

 

5,616

 

Net Debt 4

 

$

 

24,355

 

 

 

 

Ratios:

 

 

Total Debt / Consolidated EBITDA

 

 

2.7

 

Net Debt / Consolidated EBITDA

 

 

2.2

 

1 Reflects the term “Consolidated EBITDA” as defined in Altria’s senior unsecured revolving credit agreement.

2 Reflects total debt as presented on Altria’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at March 31, 2020. See Schedule 7.

3Reflects cash and cash equivalents as presented on Altria’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet at March 31, 2020. See Schedule 7.

4 Reflects total debt, less cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2020.

Schedule 9

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Financial Data for Special Items
For the Quarters Ended March 31,
(dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

Cost of
Sales

Marketing,
administration
and research
costs

Asset
impairment
and
exit costs

General
corporate
expenses

Corporate
asset
impairment
and exit costs

Interest
and

other debt
expense,
net

Net
periodic
benefit
income,
excluding
service cost

Earnings
from
equity
investments

Loss on Cronos-
related financial
instruments

2020 Special Items - (Income) Expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABI-related special items

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

56

 

$

 

 

Implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

392

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tobacco and health litigation items

 

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

Cronos-related special items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(48

)

 

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Special Items - (Income) Expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABI-related special items 1

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

163

 

$

 

 

Asset impairment, exit, implementation and acquisition-related costs

 

 

9

 

 

39

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

96

 

 

12

 

 

 

Tobacco and health litigation items

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

Cronos-related special items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

425

 

1 Prior period amounts have been recast to conform with current period presentation for certain ABI mark-to-market adjustments that were not previously identified as special items and that are now excluded from Altria’s adjusted financial measures.

Note: This schedule is intended to provide supplemental financial data for certain income and expense items that management believes are not part of underlying operations and their presentation in Altria’s consolidated statements of earnings. This schedule is not intended to provide, or reconcile, non-GAAP financial measures.

Schedule 10

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

 

In the first quarter of 2020, Altria’s smokeless products segment was renamed as the oral tobacco products segment. Prior to

2020, smokeless products segment retail share performance included MST and snus, but excluded oral nicotine pouch products.
Altria’s oral tobacco products segment now includes retail share performance from USSTC’s MST and snus businesses and
Helix’s on! oral nicotine pouches. Restated share results are summarized below.

 

Oral Tobacco Products: Restated Retail Share (percent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

12/31/19

 

9/30/19

 

6/30/19

 

3/31/19

Copenhagen

33.2

%

 

33.8

%

 

34.1

%

 

34.6

%

Skoal

14.6

 

 

15.0

 

 

15.4

 

 

15.1

 

Other

3.6

 

 

3.5

 

 

3.5

 

 

3.5

 

Total oral tobacco products

51.4

%

 

52.3

%

 

53.0

%

 

53.2

%

 

Oral Tobacco Products: Restated Retail Share (percent)

 

 

 

 

 

For the Year
Ended

 

For the Nine
Months Ended

 

For the Six
Months Ended

 

For the Year
Ended

 

12/31/19

 

9/30/19

 

6/30/19

 

12/31/18

Copenhagen

33.9

%

 

34.2

%

 

34.4

%

 

34.4

%

Skoal

15.0

 

 

15.2

 

 

15.2

 

 

15.9

 

Other

3.6

 

 

3.4

 

 

3.5

 

 

3.4

 

Total oral tobacco products

52.5

%

 

52.8

%

 

53.1

%

 

53.7

%

 

Schedule 11

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Recast of Adjusted Net Earnings Attributable to Altria and Adjusted Diluted EPS for ABI Special Items
For the Years Ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2017

Adjusted Net Earnings/EPS Prior to Recast

$

7,895

 

$

4.22

 

$

7,539

 

$

3.99

 

$

6,520

 

$

3.39

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

(23

)

(0.01)

 

55

 

0.03

 

20

 

0.01

Adjusted Net Earnings/EPS after Recast

$

7,872

 

$

4.21

 

$

7,594

 

$

4.02

 

$

6,540

 

$

3.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growth Rate vs. Prior Year

 

5.8%

 

 

17.7%

 

 

11.9%

Recast Growth Rate vs. Prior Year

 

4.7%

 

 

18.2%

 

 

12.2%

 

Earnings
before
Income
Taxes

Provision
for Income
Taxes

Net
Earnings

Net Earnings
Attributable
to Altria

Diluted
EPS

2017 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

160

 

$

55

 

$

105

 

$

105

 

$

0.05

 

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

31

 

11

 

20

 

20

 

0.01

 

2017 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

191

 

$

66

 

$

125

 

$

125

 

$

0.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

(85

)

$

(17

)

$

(68

)

$

(68

)

$

(0.03

)

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

69

 

14

 

55

 

55

 

0.03

 

2018 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

(16

)

$

(3

)

$

(13

)

$

(13

)

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

(354

)

$

(74

)

$

(280

)

$

(280

)

$

(0.15

)

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

(29

)

(6

)

(23

)

(23

)

(0.01

)

2019 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

(383

)

$

(80

)

$

(303

)

$

(303

)

$

(0.16

)

 

Schedule 12

ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
and Subsidiaries
Recast of Adjusted Net Earnings Attributable to Altria and Adjusted Diluted EPS for ABI Special Items
By Quarter for the Year Ended December 31, 2019
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

December 31,
2019

 

September 30,
2019

 

June 30,
2019

 

March 31,
2019

Adjusted Net Earnings/EPS Prior

to Recast

$

1,912

 

$

1.02

 

 

$

2,231

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

2,057

 

$

1.10

 

 

$

1,695

 

$

0.90

 

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

(24

)

(0.01

)

 

(7

)

 

 

(31

)

(0.02

)

 

39

 

0.02

 

Adjusted Net Earnings/EPS

After Recast

$

1,888

 

$

1.01

 

 

$

2,224

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

2,026

 

$

1.08

 

 

$

1,734

 

$

0.92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growth Rate vs. Prior Year

 

7.4%

 

 

10.2%

 

 

8.9%

 

 

(5.3)%

Recast Growth Rate vs. Prior Year

 

5.2%

 

 

10.2%

 

 

5.9%

 

 

(4.2)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the YTD Period Ended

 

December 31,
2019

 

September 30,
2019

 

June 30,
2019

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Earnings/EPS Prior

to Recast

$

7,895

 

$

4.22

 

 

$

5,983

 

$

3.19

 

 

$

3,752

 

$

2.00

 

 

 

 

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

(23

)

(0.01

)

 

1

 

 

 

8

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Earnings/EPS

After Recast

$

7,872

 

$

4.21

 

 

$

5,984

 

$

3.19

 

 

$

3,760

 

$

2.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growth Rate vs. Prior Year

 

5.8%

 

 

4.9%

 

 

2.0%

 

 

 

Recast Growth Rate vs. Prior Year

 

4.7%

 

 

4.6%

 

 

2.0%

 

 

 

 

Earnings
before
Income
Taxes

Provision
for Income
Taxes

Net
Earnings

Net Earnings
Attributable
to Altria

Diluted
EPS

2019 Q1 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

 

114

 

$

 

24

 

$

 

90

 

$

 

90

 

$

 

0.05

 

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

 

49

 

 

10

 

 

39

 

 

39

 

 

0.02

 

2019 Q1 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

 

163

 

$

 

34

 

$

 

129

 

$

 

129

 

$

 

0.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Q2 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

 

(90

)

$

 

(19

)

$

 

(71

)

$

 

(71

)

$

 

(0.04

)

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

 

(39

)

 

(8

)

 

(31

)

 

(31

)

 

(0.02

)

2019 Q2 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

 

(129

)

$

 

(27

)

$

 

(102

)

$

 

(102

)

$

 

(0.06

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Q3 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

 

(14

)

$

 

(3

)

$

 

(11

)

$

 

(11

)

$

 

(0.01

)

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

 

(9

)

 

(2

)

 

(7

)

 

(7

)

 

2019 Q3 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

 

(23

)

$

 

(5

)

$

 

(18

)

$

 

(18

)

$

 

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Q4 ABI-related Special Items Prior to Recast

$

 

(364

)

$

 

(76

)

$

 

(288

)

$

 

(288

)

$

 

(0.15

)

Adjustment to ABI-related special items

 

(30

)

 

(6

)

 

(24

)

 

(24

)

 

(0.01

)

2019 Q4 ABI-related Special Items after Recast

$

 

(394

)

$

 

(82

)

$

 

(312

)

$

 

(312

)

$

 

(0.16

)

 

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