Philip Morris International Inc.'s (NYSE / Paris Euronext: PM) Chief
Financial Officer, Hermann Waldemer, addresses investors today at the
CAGE Conference in London, U.K.
The presentation and Q&A session are being webcast live, in a
listen-only mode, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. local time (5.30
a.m. ET), at www.pmi.com. An archived
copy of the webcast, together with presentation slides, will be
available on the same site.
Highlights of the presentation include an overview of the international
tobacco sector in 2010, including a summary of key PMI market and brand
performances, and a review of PMI's cash flow and shareholder returns.
The presentation will also include the latest information available on
PMI's business in Japan, the key elements of which are outlined as
Organization. All employees are accounted for and are safe.
Following a temporary closure, the company's headquarters in Tokyo
re-opened on March 24, 2011;
Assets. No material damages have been reported;
Production and supply. PMI's cigarette volume for the Japanese
market is produced entirely outside of the country. Shipments at ports
in Japan are being unloaded normally;
Distribution. Four of the 28 third-party distribution centers
in the country are currently not operational due to unspecified
structural damage. During the week commencing March 28, PMI expects
two of these centers to resume operations and alternative distribution
arrangements to be in place for the remaining two centers. Combined,
these four centers supply an area that represented approximately 12%
of PMI Japan's total annual cigarette sales in 2010. Distribution in
unaffected areas continues normally; and
Sales and profitability. PMI does not expect that the recent
events in Japan will have an effect on its previously announced
industry volume expectation in Japan for 2011, or will have a material
negative impact on its overall profitability in Japan.
PMI advises that it will not be discussing its 2011 earnings guidance, a
subject which it will address during its first quarter earnings call on
April 21, 2011.
The presentation, related discussion and this release contain statements
that, to the extent they do not relate strictly to historical or current
facts, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the
Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on current plans,
estimates and expectations, and are not guarantees of future
performance. They are based on management's expectations that involve a
number of business risks and uncertainties, any of which could cause
actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied
by the forward-looking statements.
The risks and uncertainties relating to the forward-looking statements
in the presentation, related discussion and this release include those
described under Item 1A. "Risk Factors" in PMI's Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 2010, filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. PMI does not undertake to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, except in the normal course of its public
About Philip Morris International Inc.
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) is the leading international
tobacco company, with seven of the world's top 15 brands, including Marlboro,
the number one cigarette brand worldwide. PMI's products are sold in
approximately 180 countries. In 2010, the company held an estimated
16.0% share of the total international cigarette market outside of the
U.S., or 27.6% excluding the People's Republic of China and the U.S. For
more information, see www.pmi.com.
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