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|Lorillard, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Results|
GREENSBORO, N.C., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO) announced today results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.
"In the first quarter, Lorillard once again delivered industry leading financial results on virtually every measure that matters," said Murray S. Kessler, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "It's a testament to our flagship Newport brand which continues to organically grow volume and market share, despite challenging external conditions."
First Quarter 2011 Results
Net sales increased $175 million to $1.535 billion in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $1.360 billion in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 12.9%. The increase resulted from higher unit sales volume and higher average prices, partially offset by higher sales promotion costs primarily driven by the introduction of Newport Non-Menthol. Gross profit was $543 million in the first quarter of 2011, or 35.4% of net sales, compared to $478 million, or 35.1% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2010. The increase in gross profit reflects an increase in net sales, partially offset by higher costs related to the State Settlement Agreements and the Federal Assessment for Tobacco Growers and higher Food and Drug Administration user fees.
Total Lorillard wholesale shipment volume for the first quarter of 2011, which includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions, increased 9.5% compared to the first quarter of 2010 to 9.708 billion units. Lorillard's domestic wholesale shipments, which exclude Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions, increased 9.4% for the same period. Domestic wholesale shipments for Newport, the Company's flagship brand, increased 8.0%, while domestic wholesale shipments for Maverick, the Company's leading discount brand, increased 22.7% in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010. Newport Non-Menthol, the first significant line extension for Newport in the last decade, was successfully launched in the fourth quarter of 2010 and significantly contributed to the increase in Newport domestic wholesale shipments during the first quarter. Total cigarette industry domestic wholesale shipments decreased an estimated 3.4% for the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010. The first quarter of 2011 included one additional shipping day versus a year ago. Adjusting for the additional day and modest changes in wholesale inventory patterns, Lorillard domestic wholesale shipments increased an estimated 8.3% for the first quarter of 2011. See attached table for details of Lorillard's wholesale shipments.
Based on Lorillard's proprietary retail shipment data, Lorillard's domestic retail market share made strong gains in the first quarter of 2011, increasing 1.5 percentage points to a market share of 14.1%. Newport's domestic retail market share reached 12.0% during the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 1.1 share points compared to the first quarter of 2010. Newport Non-Menthol's market share was .7 share points, significantly contributing to Newport's overall share increase for the quarter. See attached table for selected retail share data.
Selling, general and administrative costs increased $26 million to $122 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010 primarily as a result of higher legal costs related to the Engle Progeny litigation. In addition, selling, general and administrative costs include higher administrative costs incurred in support of the Company's position and industry reports to the FDA regarding the use of menthol in cigarettes and advertising costs related to the support of Newport Non-Menthol.
Interest expense increased $18 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010 primarily due to additional interest on the Senior Notes issued in the second quarter of 2010.
Lorillard's effective income tax rate was 37.1% in the first quarter of 2011 compared to 37.8% in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease is primarily due to an unfavorable adjustment in the first quarter of 2010 from the impact of the repeal of future tax deductions for Medicare Part D subsidies for retiree drug benefits pursuant to the health care reform legislation enacted in the first quarter of 2010.
Net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $248 million, or $1.71 per share (basic and diluted), compared to $232 million, or $1.50 per share (basic and diluted), in the first quarter of 2010. The 14% increase in earnings per diluted share for the first quarter includes the benefit of the Company's share repurchase program which resulted in lower outstanding shares, and contributed $0.11, or 7.3 percentage points, to the increase in earnings per share.
On February 17, 2011, Lorillard, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors approved a 16% increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock to $1.30 per share. The dividend was payable on March 11, 2011 to shareholders of record as of March 1, 2011.
During the first quarter of 2011, the Company repurchased approximately 3.8million shares at a cost of $289million under the $1 billion repurchase program announced on August 20, 2010. As of March 31, 2011, the maximum dollar value of shares that could yet be purchased under the program was $335million.
In April 2011, the Company paid $1.003 billion under the State Settlement Agreements, primarily based on 2010 volume. Included in this amount was $107 million deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account in accordance with procedures established in the MSA pending resolution of a claim by the Company and the other Original Participating Manufacturers that they are entitled to reduce their MSA payments based on a loss of market share to non-participating manufacturers.
Lorillard will host a webcast of its Investor Day presentation to the investment community on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in New York, NY. The live webcast will begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and will feature corporate presentations by members of the Company's executive management team. The presentations are scheduled to conclude at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Investor Day webcast will be available under the Investor Relations section of Lorillard's website at http://www.lorillard.com/, and a replay will be available in its entirety through June 3, 2011.
A conference call to discuss the first quarter 2011 results of Lorillard, Inc. has been scheduled for 8:30a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. A live broadcast of the call will be available online at the Lorillard, Inc. website (http://www.lorillard.com/). Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software.
Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (888) 239-6824 (domestic) or (706) 902-3787 (international). The passcode for this event is: 59461547.
An online replay will be available at the Company's website following the call. If you wish to listen to the replay of this conference call, please visit Lorillard's website at http://www.lorillard.com/ or dial (800) 642-1687 (domestic) or (706) 645-9291 (international) and enter passcode: 59461547. The conference call will be available for replay in its entirety through May 3, 2011.
About Lorillard, Inc.
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO) is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard's flagship menthol-flavored premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard product line has four additional brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard maintains its headquarters and manufactures all of its products in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Certain statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may project, indicate or imply future results, events, performance or achievements, and may contain the words "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "may," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result" and similar expressions. In addition, any statement that may be provided by management concerning future financial performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects and possible actions by Lorillard, Inc. are also forward-looking statements as defined by the Reform Act.
Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or projected. Information describing factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements is available in Lorillard, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These filings are available from the SEC over the Internet or in hard copy, and are available on our website at http://www.lorillard.com/. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time they are made, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update these statements to reflect any change in expectations or beliefs or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.
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Information regarding unit volume shipped by Lorillard Tobacco Company to its direct buying customers by brand follows:
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