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Lorillard Inc. : Lorillard, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Results and Acquisition of blu ecigs

04/25/2012 | 08:05am US/Eastern

GREENSBORO, N.C., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO) announced today results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and the acquisition of blu ecigs®.

Highlights

    --  First quarter reported (GAAP) diluted earnings per share decreased 0.6%
        versus last year to $1.70.
    --  First quarter adjusted (Non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share increased
        1.8% versus last year to $1.74.
    --  Lorillard domestic wholesale shipments decreased 2.5% in the first
        quarter versus last year compared to an estimated 4.0% decline in
        industry domestic wholesale shipments.
    --  Adjusted for fluctuations in trade inventory patterns, Lorillard
        domestic wholesale shipments increased 1.8% over year ago.
    --  Total Lorillard retail market share increased 0.4 share points in the
        first quarter versus last year to an all-time high of 14.5%.
    --  Newport retail share of the menthol segment increased 0.5 share points
        to 36.8% and total Lorillard share of the menthol segment increased 1.0
        share points to 40.0%, both all-time highs.
    --  Lorillard repurchased 1.6 million shares during the quarter at a cost of
        $188 million.
    --  Lorillard acquired blu ecigs, the leading electronic cigarette company.

"Lorillard's fundamental performance remained strong in the first quarter, although it was masked by significant changes in wholesale inventory. At retail, which is unaffected by wholesale inventory, Lorillard once again achieved record high levels of market share in all key segments of the cigarette industry in which we compete," said Murray S. Kessler, Chairman, CEO & President. "Based on strong fundamentals, that are expected to continue, we remain confident in our ability to deliver a double digit total shareholder return in 2012 and over the long term as measured by earnings per share growth and dividend yield."

                Financial Results Summary
    (Unaudited) (Amounts in Millions, Except Per Share Data)

                                     Three Months
                                    Ended March 31,
                                    ---------------
                                      2012              2011
                                      ----              ----
    Net sales                       $1,526            $1,535
    Operating income
      Reported (GAAP)                 $392              $421
      Adjusted (Non-GAAP)              399               421
    Net income
      Reported (GAAP)                 $223              $248
      Adjusted (Non-GAAP)              229               248
    Diluted earnings per share
      Reported (GAAP)                $1.70             $1.71
      Adjusted (Non-GAAP)             1.74              1.71

Adjusted results exclude the unfavorable impact on tobacco settlement expense of $7 million resulting from a competitor's restatement in the first quarter of 2012 of certain historical components of the calculation of the industry volume adjustment offset under the State Settlement Agreements. Such adjustments related to the competitor's operating income for 2001 - 2005. Tobacco settlement expenses are impacted by a number of factors including industry profits, as defined in the State Settlement Agreements, which were increased in the first quarter by these changes. See Reconciliation of Reported (GAAP) to Adjusted (Non-GAAP) Results table included with this release for further discussion of this adjustment.

First Quarter 2012 Results

Net sales decreased $9 million to $1.526 billion in the first quarter of 2012, compared to $1.535 billion in the first quarter of 2011, a decrease of 0.6%. The decrease resulted primarily from lower unit sales volume which was negatively impacted by trade inventory pattern fluctuations, partially offset by higher average prices.

Total Lorillard wholesale unit volume, which includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions, decreased 2.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the corresponding period of 2011. Domestic unit volume, which excludes Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions, decreased 2.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the corresponding period of 2011. Changes in wholesale inventory patterns are estimated to have negatively impacted year ago comparisons by approximately 400 million units, or 4.3 percentage points. Adjusting for this effect, Lorillard domestic wholesale shipments increased 1.8%. Total cigarette industry domestic wholesale shipments decreased an estimated 4.0% for the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. Changes in wholesale inventory patterns are also estimated to have negatively impacted year ago comparisons by approximately 2.7 percentage points for the industry. See attached table for details of Lorillard's wholesale shipments.

Total unit volume for Newport, the Company's flagship brand, decreased 4.2% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and domestic Newport unit volume decreased 4.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the corresponding period of 2011. The impact on Newport of wholesale inventory pattern changes was a negative 4.5 percentage points. Adjusting for this effect, Newport domestic wholesale shipments were up 0.5%. Domestic wholesale shipments for Maverick, the Company's leading discount brand, increased 9.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the corresponding period in 2011. The impact on Maverick of wholesale inventory pattern changes was a negative 2.9 percentage points. Adjusting for this effect, Maverick wholesale shipments were up 12.5%.

Based on Lorillard's proprietary retail shipment data ("EXCEL"), which measures shipments from wholesale to retail and are unaffected by wholesale inventory changes, Lorillard's domestic retail market share once again posted strong gains in the first quarter of 2012, increasing 0.4 share points to an all-time high market share of 14.5%. Newport's domestic retail market share reached 12.2% for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 0.2 share points compared to the first quarter of 2011. Total Lorillard domestic retail share of the menthol market reached 40.0% for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 1.0 share point compared to the first quarter of 2011. Continued share gains are attributable to the Company's strategic initiatives including the launch of Newport Non-Menthol, geographic promotional expansion of Newport Menthol and continued retail shipment growth on Maverick.

Adjusted gross profit was $530 million in the first quarter of 2012, or 34.7% of net sales, compared to $543 million, or 35.4% of net sales, in the first quarter of 2011. As detailed in the reconciliation table, adjusted gross profit excludes the unfavorable impact on tobacco settlement expense of $7 million resulting from a competitor's restatement in the first quarter of 2012 of certain historical components of the calculation of the industry volume adjustment offset under the State Settlement Agreements. Such adjustments related to the competitor's operating income for 2001 - 2005. The decrease in adjusted gross profit reflects the decrease in net sales as well as higher adjusted costs related to the State Settlement Agreements, higher raw material input costs (primarily tobacco and other direct costs) and higher Food and Drug Administration user fees, partially offset by lower charges for the Federal Assessment for Tobacco Growers.

Selling, general and administrative costs increased $9 million to $131 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 primarily as a result of higher legal costs related to the Engle Progeny litigation.

Interest expense increased $11 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 and reflects interest on the senior notes issued in the third quarter of 2011.

Lorillard's effective income tax rate was 37.0% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 37.1% in the first quarter of 2011.

Adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $229 million, or $1.74 per share (diluted), compared to $248 million, or $1.71 per share (diluted), in the first quarter of 2011. The 1.8% increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share for the first quarter includes the benefit of the Company's share repurchase program which resulted in lower outstanding shares, and contributed $0.16 to the increase in earnings per share. Reported net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $223 million, or $1.70 per share (diluted).

Acquisition of blu ecigs

Lorillard announced today that it has acquired all of the assets of blu ecigs, a U.S. electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) company for $135 million in cash. The acquisition provides Lorillard with the leading brand, offering the best consumer experience and unique social networking features, in the rapidly growing e-cigarette category.

blu ecigs is the best-selling e-cigarette brand, with the look and feel of traditional cigarettes - without the tobacco smoke, ash, or smell. blu ecigs is the market leader in providing innovative technology for an improved consumer experience that enhances the enjoyment and social aspect of e-cigarettes. blu ecigs will be a separate operating company of Lorillard and it is Lorillard's intention to retain blu ecigs' current management team and its headquarters in Charlotte, NC.

"blu ecigs are the perfect adjacency for us to participate in the smokeless market, but in a Lorillard way. That is, e-cigarettes offer many of the benefits of other smokeless products but do so in a way that is familiar and enjoyed by current adult cigarette consumers," said Murray Kessler. "We believe that blu will benefit from Lorillard Tobacco Company's regulatory experience and sales infrastructure which are needed for it, and the category, to reach its potential in a responsible manner."

Additional News

During the first quarter of 2012, the Company completed its $750 million share repurchase program announced on August 12, 2011 by repurchasing approximately 1.6 million shares at a cost of $188 million.

In April 2012, the Company paid $1.108 billion under the State Settlement Agreements, primarily based on 2011 volume. Included in this amount was $98 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.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the first quarter 2012 results of Lorillard, Inc. has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. A live broadcast of the call will be available online at the Lorillard, Inc. website (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: 68513803.

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 www.lorillard.com or dial (888) 239-6824 (domestic) or (706) 902-3787 (international) and enter passcode: 68513803. The conference call will be available for replay in its entirety through May 2, 2012.

About Lorillard, Inc.

Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 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.

    Lorillard, Inc. and
     Subsidiaries
                   Consolidated Condensed
                     Statements of Income

                                                    Three Months
                                                  Ended March 31,
                                                  ---------------
                                                           2012                2011
                                                           ----                ----
                                          (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)
    (Amounts in millions,
     except per share data)

    Net sales (a)                                        $1,526              $1,535
    Cost of sales (a) (b)                                 1,003                 992
    --------------------                                  -----                 ---
    Gross profit                                            523                 543
    ------------
    Selling, general and
     administrative                                         131                 122
    --------------------                                    ---                 ---
    Operating income                                        392                 421
    Investment income                                         1                   1
    Interest expense                                        (39)                (28)
                                                            ---                 ---
    Income before income taxes                              354                 394
    --------------------------
    Income taxes                                            131                 146
    ------------                                            ---                 ---
    Net income                                             $223                $248
    ----------                                             ====                ====

    Earnings per share:
      Basic                                               $1.71               $1.71
      Diluted                                             $1.70               $1.71
      -------

    Weighted average number of
     shares outstanding:
    --------------------------
      Basic                                              130.48              144.80
      Diluted                                            130.80              144.94
    Supplemental information:

    (a)     Includes excise taxes.              $467 $479

    (b)     Cost of sales includes:

              -Reported charges to accrue
               obligations under the
                 State Settlement Agreements     337  319

              -Charges to accrue obligations
               under the
                 Federal Assessment for Tobacco
                  Growers.                        28   30

              -Charges to accrue Food and Drug
                 Administration user fees         16   14

    Lorillard,
     Inc. and
     Subsidiaries
    Consolidated
     Condensed
     Balance
     Sheets


                              March 31,               December 31,
                                    2012                      2011
                                    ----                      ----
    (In millions)                 (Unaudited)



    Assets:
    Cash and cash
     equivalents                              $1,929               $1,634
    Accounts
     receivable,
     less
     allowances of
     $2 and $2                                    10                   10
    Other
     receivables                                  67                   83
    Inventories                                  342                  277
    Deferred
     income taxes                                534                  535
    Other current
     assets                                       28                   25
                                                 ---                  ---
    Total current
     assets                                    2,910                2,564
    Plant and
     equipment,
     net                                         268                  262
    Deferred
     income taxes                                 52                   54
    Other assets                                 121                  128
                                                 ---                  ---
    Total assets                              $3,351               $3,008
                                              ======               ======

    Liabilities
     and
     Shareholders'
     Deficit:
    Accounts and
     drafts
     payable                                     $27                  $32
    Accrued
     liabilities                                 366                  296
    Settlement
     costs                                     1,488                1,151
    Income taxes                                 110                    6
                                                 ---                  ---
    Total current
     liabilities                               1,991                1,485
    Long-term debt                             2,586                2,595
    Postretirement
     pension,
     medical and
     life insurance
     benefits                                    383                  388
    Other
     liabilities                                  57                   53
                                                 ---                  ---
    Total
     liabilities                               5,017                4,521
                                               -----                -----
    Commitments
     and
     Contingent
     Liabilities
    Shareholders'
     Deficit:
    Preferred
     stock, $0.01
     par value,
     authorized 10
     million
     shares                                        -                    -
    Common stock:
                Authorized -
                 600 million
                 shares; par
                 value-$0.01
                 per share
                Issued -175
                 million and
                 175 million
                 shares
                 (outstanding
                  131 million
                   and 132
                   million
                   shares)                         2                    2
    Additional
     paid-in
     capital                                     276                  266
    Retained
     earnings                                  2,080                2,059
    Accumulated
     other
     comprehensive
     loss                                       (224)                (228)
    Treasury stock
     at cost, 44
     million and
     43 million
     shares                                   (3,800)              (3,612)
                                              ------               ------
    Total
     shareholders'
     deficit                                  (1,666)              (1,513)
                                              ------               ------
    Total
     liabilities
     and
     shareholders'
     deficit                                  $3,351               $3,008
                                              ======               ======

    Lorillard, Inc. and
     Subsidiaries
    Wholesale Shipments

    Information regarding unit volume shipped by Lorillard Tobacco Company to its direct buying customers by brand
     follows:

                                                     Three Months
                                                   Ended  March 31,
                                                   ----------------
    (Units in thousands)                               2012                2011               % Chg
    -------------------                                ----                ----               -----

    Full Price Brands

    Total Newport                                 7,792,210           8,114,040                     -4.0
    Total Kent                                       42,270              50,232                    -15.9
    Total True                                       44,454              52,554                    -15.4
                                                     ------              ------                    -----

    Total Full Price
     Brands                                       7,878,934           8,216,826                     -4.1
                                                  ---------           ---------                     ----

    Price/Value Brands

    Total Old Gold                                  121,062             132,990                     -9.0
    Total Maverick                                1,286,856           1,174,020                      9.6
                                                  ---------           ---------                      ---

    Total Price/Value
     Brands                                       1,407,918           1,307,010                      7.7
                                                  ---------           ---------                      ---

    Total Domestic
     Cigarettes                                   9,286,852           9,523,836                     -2.5

    Total Puerto Rico
     and U.S.
     Possessions                                    154,230             183,780                    -16.1
                                                    -------             -------                    -----

    Grand Total                                   9,441,082           9,707,616                     -2.7
                                                  =========           =========                     ====


    Notes:

    1.           This information is unaudited and
                 is not adjusted for returns or
                 the impact of wholesale trade
                 inventory fluctuations.
                 Domestic unit volume includes
                 units sold as well as
                 promotional units and excludes
                 volumes for Puerto Rico and U.S.
    2.           Possessions.
    3.           Unit volume for a quarter is not
                 necessarily indicative of unit
                 volume for any subsequent
                 period.
    4.           Unit volume is not necessarily
                 indicative of the level of
                 revenues for any period.

    Lorillard, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Selected Domestic Retail Market Share Data (1)

                                Three Months
                              Ended  March 31,
                              ----------------
                                2012            2011          Pt Chg
                                ----            ----          ------

    Lorillard                   14.5            14.1                     0.4
    Newport                     12.2            12.0                     0.2
    Total
     Industry
     Menthol                    31.1            31.0                     0.1
    Total
     Lorillard
     Share of
     Menthol
     Segment                    40.0            39.0                     1.0
    Newport
     Share                      36.8            36.3                     0.5
    of Menthol
     Segment

    (1) Unaudited information based on Lorillard's Proprietary Retail Database
     ("EXCEL")

Reconciliation of Reported (GAAP) to Adjusted (Non-GAAP) Results
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

The reconciliation provided below reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating profit, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, reported gross profit, reported operating profit, reported net income and reported diluted earnings per share available to Lorillard common stockholders, for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Lorillard management uses adjusted (non-GAAP) measurements to set performance goals and to measure the performance of the overall company, and believes that investors' understanding of the underlying performance of the company's continuing operations is enhanced through the disclosure of these metrics. Adjusted (non-GAAP) results are not, and should not be viewed as, substitutes for reported (GAAP) results.

The adjustment to reported results summarized below removes the unfavorable impact of the restatement of operating income as reported in the years 2001 through 2005 by RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company ("RJRT") in the first quarter of 2012 on Lorillard's tobacco settlement expense, which is included in cost of sales on the accompanying consolidated condensed statements of income. Amounts due under the State Settlement Agreements are impacted by a number of factors, including industry volume, market share, and industry operating profits. As a result of these restatements recently provided to the Independent Auditor under the State Settlement Agreements by RJRT, the industry operating profits, as defined in those agreements, were increased. As a result, our costs related to the State Settlement Agreements for the first quarter of 2012 have been increased. The increase in our costs associated with these restatements reported by RJRT amounted to approximately $7 million and was recorded in the first quarter of 2012. If further prior year profit adjustments are reported by industry participants in the future, our costs related to the State Settlement Agreements could be affected, either up or down. After adjusting for the impact on our costs of the RJRT restatements, operating income was $399 million for the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted operating income in the first quarter of 2012 decreased 5.2% compared to the first quarter of 2011. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the 2012 first quarter increased 1.8% compared to the prior year to $1.74.

                                      Three months ended March
                                              31, 2012
                                                             Operating
                                                               Income  Net Income Diluted
                                      Gross Profit                                  EPS
                                      ------------                                  ---
                                                      $523                   $392         $223 $1.70
    Reported (GAAP) results

    GAAP results include the
     following:
    Impact of RJRT restatement
     of its 2001 - 2005
     operating income                                    7                      7            6  0.04
          and restructuring charges
           on Lorillard's tobacco
           settlement
          expense included in cost of
           sales

                                                      $530                   $399         $229 $1.74
    Adjusted (Non-GAAP) results

SOURCE Lorillard, Inc.

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