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8-K
ALTRIA GROUP, INC. filed this Form 8-K on 02/01/2018
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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
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decreases to the allowance for losses were recorded as a reduction to marketing, administration and research costs in Altria Group, Inc.’s consolidated statements of earnings. PMCC believes that, as of December 31, 2017, the allowance for losses of $23 million was adequate. PMCC continues to monitor economic and credit conditions, and the individual situations of its lessees and their respective industries, and may increase or decrease its allowance for losses if such conditions change in the future.
The activity in the allowance for losses on finance assets for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015 was as follows:
(in millions)
2017

 
2016

 
2015

Balance at beginning of year
$
32

 
$
42

 
$
42

Decrease to allowance
(9
)
 
(10
)
 

Balance at end of year
$
23

 
$
32

 
$
42

All PMCC lessees were current on their lease payment obligations as of December 31, 2017.
The credit quality of PMCC’s investments in finance leases as assigned by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“Standard & Poor’s”) and Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) at December 31, 2017 and 2016 was as follows:
(in millions)
2017

 
2016

Credit Rating by Standard & Poor’s/Moody’s:
 
 
 
“AAA/Aaa” to “A-/A3”
$
220

 
$
218

“BBB+/Baa1” to “BBB-/Baa3”
550

 
559

“BB+/Ba1” and Lower
152

 
283

Total
$
922

 
$
1,060

Note 8. Short-Term Borrowings and Borrowing Arrangements
At December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, Altria Group, Inc. had no short-term borrowings. The credit line available to Altria Group, Inc. at December 31, 2017 under the Credit Agreement (as defined below) was $3.0 billion.
At December 31, 2017, Altria Group, Inc. had in place a senior unsecured 5-year revolving credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement provides for borrowings up to an aggregate principal amount of $3.0 billion and expires on August 19, 2020. Pricing for interest and fees under the Credit Agreement may be modified in the event of a change in the rating of Altria Group, Inc.’s long-term senior unsecured debt. Interest rates on borrowings under the Credit Agreement are expected to be based on the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus a percentage based on the higher of the ratings of Altria Group, Inc.’s long-term senior unsecured debt from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. The applicable percentage based on Altria Group, Inc.’s long-term senior unsecured debt ratings at December 31, 2017 for borrowings under the Credit Agreement was 1.125%. The Credit Agreement does not include any other rating triggers, nor does it contain any provisions that could require the posting of collateral.
The Credit Agreement is used for general corporate purposes and to support Altria Group, Inc.’s commercial paper issuances.
 
The Credit Agreement requires that Altria Group, Inc. maintain (i) a ratio of debt to consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) of not more than 3.0 to 1.0 and (ii) a ratio of consolidated EBITDA to consolidated interest expense of not less than 4.0 to 1.0, each calculated as of the end of the applicable quarter on a rolling four quarters basis. At December 31, 2017, the ratios of debt to consolidated EBITDA and consolidated EBITDA to consolidated interest expense, calculated in accordance with the Credit Agreement, were 1.3 to 1.0 and 14.8 to 1.0, respectively. Altria Group, Inc. expects to continue to meet its covenants associated with the Credit Agreement. The terms “consolidated EBITDA,” “debt” and “consolidated interest expense,” as defined in the Credit Agreement, include certain adjustments.
Any commercial paper issued by Altria Group, Inc. and borrowings under the Credit Agreement are guaranteed by PM USA as further discussed in Note 19. Condensed Consolidating Financial Information.
Note 9. Long-Term Debt
At December 31, 2017 and 2016, Altria Group, Inc.’s long-term debt consisted of the following:
(in millions)
2017

 
2016

Notes, 2.625% to 10.20%, interest payable semi-annually, due through 2046 (1)
$
13,852

 
$
13,839

Debenture, 7.75%, interest payable semi-annually, due 2027
42

 
42

 
13,894

 
13,881

Less current portion of long-term debt
864

 

 
$
13,030

 
$
13,881

(1) Weighted-average coupon interest rate of 4.9% at December 31, 2017 and 2016.
At December 31, 2017, aggregate maturities of Altria Group, Inc.’s long-term debt were as follows:
(in millions)
 
 
2018
$
864

 
2019
1,144

 
2020
1,000

 
2021
1,500

 
2022
1,900

 
Thereafter
7,609

 
 
14,017

 
Less: debt issuance costs
68

 
debt discounts
55

 
 
$
13,894

 
Altria Group, Inc.’s estimate of the fair value of its debt is based on observable market information derived from a third party pricing source and is classified in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. The aggregate fair value of Altria Group, Inc.’s total long-term debt at December 31, 2017 and 2016, was $15.3 billion and $15.1 billion, respectively, as compared with its carrying value of $13.9 billion for each period.


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