$MO (Altria Group Inc.)

$MO {{ '2015-07-29T16:32:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO 2Q15 Call: We continue to deliver value to shareholders; we paid approx. $2Bil in dividends in the 1H15. We also recently completed our $1Bil share repurchase program, purchasing approx. $263MM in shares in the second quarter and remaining $63MM in July. Board has authorized a new $1Bil program, which we expect to complete by the end of 2016.

$MO {{ '2017-12-07T14:06:22+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO's BoD declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.66 per common share. The dividend is payable on Jan. 10, 2018, to shareholders of record as of Dec. 21, 2017. The ex-dividend date is Dec. 20, 2017.

$MO {{ '2017-10-27T18:14:46+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MO said it is building a very strong competitive advantage in digital marketing and it continues to invest there. The company continues to invest in the equity behind its brands. And obviously, as the FDA has now set the new direction with respect to reduced-risk products, $MO has to make investments there in order to compete effectively.

$MO {{ '2017-10-27T18:11:49+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Through the first nine months of 2017, $MO paid shareholders more than $3.5Bil in dividends and increased the dividend in August. $MO repurchased nearly $2.4Bil in shares, leaving $576MM in the program as of Sept. 30. $MO expects to complete the program by the end of 2Q18.

$MO {{ '2017-10-27T18:09:29+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

FDA also stated its intention to explore a product standard relating to nicotine, a possibility since the act became law in 2009, and for which $MO's Philip Morris USA has been preparing. As the FDA itself acknowledged, developing such a standard will be a long and complex process requiring significant stakeholder comment and engagement.

$MO {{ '2017-10-27T18:06:55+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In 3Q17, $MO's smokeable products segment delivered 7.7%, adjusted operating company's income growth, a strong pricing and lower cost more than offset volume declines. $MO's strategy continues to be to maximize income while maintaining momentum on Marlboro and Black & Mild over the long-term.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T13:06:44+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$MO Altria Group Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q3 2017 Highlights

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:41:18+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO reaffirmed its 2017 adjusted EPS guidance of $3.26-3.32. This range represents a growth rate of 7.5-9.5% from an adjusted diluted EPS base of $3.03 in 2016. The company predicts that its 2017 full-year effective tax rate on operations to be about 35.5%.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:30:04+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the wine segment, $MO said Ste. Michelle's 3Q17 results was negatively impacted by increased competitive activity, continued trade inventory reductions and slower premium wine category growth. Ste. Michelle’s net revenues were essentially unchanged. Reported wine shipment volume was essentially unchanged at about 2.2MM cases.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:28:17+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO's Smokeless products segment net revenues for 3Q17 increased 4.2%, primarily driven by higher pricing and lower promotional investments, partially offset by lower volume and unfavorable mix. Reported OCI increased 12.8%, on higher pricing, lower costs and lower promotional investments.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:26:13+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Total cigarette industry volumes for 3Q17 declined by an estimated 3.5%. $MO said the smokeable products segment’s reported domestic cigarettes shipment volume declined by 6.2% due to the industry's rate of decline, trade inventory movements, retail share declines and one fewer shipping day.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:26:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO's Smokeable products segment net revenues for 3Q17 declined by 2.8% from last year, as lower volume was partially offset by higher pricing. Reported OCI increased 9.8%, primarily driven by higher pricing, lower costs and lower tobacco and health litigation items. Reported cigars shipment volume increased by 6.6%.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:25:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO's adjusted EPS for 3Q17 grew 9.8% from last year. This is primarily driven by higher adjusted OCI in the smokeable and smokeless products segments and fewer shares outstanding, partially offset by lower equity earnings from Altria's beer investment.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:25:22+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO reported a 71% jump in 3Q17 earnings driven by last year's loss on early debt extinguishment as well as lower costs and expenses. Net income rose to $1.87Bil or $0.97 per share from $1.09Bil or $0.56 per share last year. Revenue fell 2.5% to $6.73Bil, on lower revenue in the smokeable products segment. Adjusted EPS grew to $0.90 from $0.82.

$MO {{ '2017-10-26T11:24:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the midst of rising concerns on regulatory challenges and the potential fallout for its core cigarette business, $MO posted higher earnings in 3Q17. This growth was primarily driven by the 2016 loss on early extinguishment of debt, favorable tax items, and higher reported OCI in the smokeable products segment.

$MO {{ '2017-10-03T13:36:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO, Philip Morris USA and other companies agreed on timing of court-ordered communications about cigarettes and smoking on television and in newspapers. The communications, which will begin on Nov. 26, 2017, stem from 1999 lawsuit federal government brought against major domestic cigarette companies.

$MO {{ '2017-08-24T22:54:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO increased its regular quarterly dividend by 8.2% to $0.66 per common share. The dividend is payable on October 10, 2017, to shareholders of record as of September 15, 2017. The ex-dividend date is September 14, 2017. The new annualized dividend rate is $2.64 per common share, representing a yield of 4.1%.

$MO {{ '2017-08-24T19:57:02+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MO's BoD lifted its regular quarterly dividend by 8.2% to $0.66 per common share from the previous rate of $0.61 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 10, 2017 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 15, 2017. The ex-dividend date is Sept. 14, 2017. The raise is consistent with $MO's dividend payout ratio target of about 80% of adjusted EPS.

$MO {{ '2017-07-28T18:18:04+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MO said the share on Marlboro for 2Q17 is down primarily because of the California effect, but other metrics continue to be strong. When looking at the income performance in the smokeable segment at more than 7% for the 1H17, despite the California increase, the company expects that they're in line with their strategy.

$MO {{ '2017-07-28T18:12:39+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In heated tobacco, $MO said the FDA began its substantive review of Philip Morris International's modified risk tobacco product application for IQOS in late May. The FDA published PMI's Executive Summary and research summaries to its website for public review and comment. $MO continues to work closely with PMI throughout the review process.

$MO {{ '2017-07-28T18:12:20+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MO said Marlboro has a strong share in California of over 50%. Marlboro was disproportionally impacted by the tax increase contributing to its decline of 0.3 of a national retail share point in 2Q17 to 43.5%. The company expects these dynamics to continue to dampen Marlboro's share through the back half of the year.

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