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Lorillard, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Record Annual 2010 Results

Monday, February 07, 2011

Lorillard, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Record Annual 2010 Results07:00 EST Monday, February 07, 2011GREENSBORO, N.C., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO) announced today results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.HighlightsFourth quarter earnings per diluted share increased 14.5%, versus year ago, to $1.74.Annual earnings per diluted share increased 17.7%, versus year ago, to a record $6.78.Annual net sales reached a record $5.932 billion.Annual domestic wholesale shipments increased 5.3% in 2010 compared to a 3.8% decline in industry domestic wholesale shipments.Total Lorillard retail market share for 2010 reached an all-time high of 12.9%.Annual net income exceeded $1 billion for first time in the Company's history.Share repurchases totaled $285 million in the quarter and $716 million in 2010.2010 dividends and share repurchases resulted in $1.361 billion cash returned to shareholders."Lorillard continued to fire on all cylinders during the fourth quarter leading to record annual results in net sales, net earnings, earnings per share and retail market share," said Murray S. Kessler, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Based on our current strategic review process, which is well under way, I remain confident in the Company's future and its ability to deliver a double digit shareholder return over the long-term."Fourth Quarter 2010 ResultsNet sales increased $108 million to $1.486 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $1.378 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 7.8%.  The increase resulted from higher unit sales volume, higher average prices and lower sales promotion costs accounted for as a reduction of sales.  Gross profit was $538 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, or 36.2% of net sales, compared to $481 million, or 34.9% of net sales, in the fourth quarter of 2009.  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 fourth quarter of 2010 of 9.456 billion units increased 4.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.  Total industry domestic wholesale shipments (which exclude Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions) decreased an estimated 4.7% for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.  Lorillard's domestic wholesale shipments increased 4.6% for the same period.  Newport's domestic wholesale shipments increased 2.2%, while Maverick's domestic wholesale shipments increased 25.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.  The Company launched Newport Non-Menthol in the fourth quarter of 2010, which significantly contributed to the increase in Newport domestic wholesale shipments during the quarter, slightly offset by the effect of trade inventory fluctuations as compared to the fourth quarter of last year.  See attached table for details of Lorillard's wholesale shipments.Based on Lorillard's proprietary retail shipment data, Newport continued to increase its domestic retail market share during the fourth quarter of 2010 by 0.8 share points to 11.2%, an all-time high, from 10.4% in the fourth quarter of 2009.  Newport Non-Menthol accounted for 0.5 share points of this increase.  See attached table for selected retail share data.Selling, general and administrative costs increased $22 million to $105 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 primarily as a result of higher legal and compensation costs.  Interest expense increased $19 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 and reflects interest on the Senior Notes issued in the second quarter of 2009, net of the effect of interest rate swap agreements, and interest on the Senior Notes issued in the second quarter of 2010.Lorillard's effective income tax rate was 36.3 % in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to 37.9% in the fourth quarter of 2009.Net income in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $259 million, or $1.74 per share (basic and diluted), compared to $242 million, or $1.52 per share (basic and diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2009.  The 14.5% increase in earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter includes the benefit of the Company's share repurchase program which resulted in lower outstanding shares, and contributed $0.11, or 7.2 percentage points, to the increase in earnings per share.Lorillard's reported results are impacted by excise taxes which are included in the Company's cost of sales.  The following table provides additional information regarding the impact of excise taxes on reported results:Three Months EndedDecember 31,Year EndedDecember 31,(Amounts in millions)2010200920102009Net sales$1,486$1,378$5,932$5,233Less excise taxes(466)(446)(1,879)(1,547)Net sales excluding excise taxes1,0209324,0533,686Cost of sales9488973,8093,327Less excise taxes(466)(446)(1,879)(1,547)Cost of sales excluding excise taxes4824511,9301,780Gross profit5384812,1231,906Percentage of net sales excluding excise taxes52.7%51.6%52.4%51.7%Selling, general and administrative10583398365Operating income$   433$   398$1,725$1,541Percentage of net sales excluding excise taxes42.5%42.7%42.6%41.8%2010 ResultsNet sales increased $699 million to a record $5.932 billion in 2010, compared to $5.233 billion in 2009, an increase of 13.4%.  $287 million of that increase was the result of the April 2009 increase in federal excise taxes on cigarettes.  Net sales excluding excise taxes in 2010 increased $367 million, or 10.0%, from 2009 as the result of higher net unit sales volume, higher average unit prices and lower sales promotion costs accounted for as a reduction in net sales.Gross profit was $2.123 billion, or 52.4% of net sales excluding excise taxes in 2010, compared to $1.906 billion, or 51.7% of net sales excluding excise taxes in 2009.  Excise taxes have been excluded from this annual comparison due to the April 1, 2009 increase in the federal excise tax.  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.  See attached tables for wholesale and selected retail share data comparing 2010 and 2009.During 2010, Lorillard's domestic wholesale unit shipments increased by 5.3% versus an estimated industry decline of 3.8%. Newport's domestic wholesale shipments increased 2.5%, while Maverick's domestic wholesale shipments increased 31.5% in 2010 compared to 2009. See attached table for details of Lorillard's wholesale shipments.Selling, general and administrative costs increased $33 million, or 9.0%, in 2010 to $398 million compared to 2009 as a result of higher legal and compensation costs incurred in the current year.Interest expense increased $67 million in 2010 compared to 2009 and reflects interest on the Senior Notes issued in the second quarter of 2009, net of the effect of interest rate swap agreements, and interest on the Senior Notes issued in the second quarter of 2010.Lorillard's effective income tax rate was 37.1 % in 2010 compared to 37.6% in 2009.Net income in 2010 was $1.029 billion, or $6.78 per share (basic and diluted), compared to $948 million, or $5.76 per share (basic and diluted) in 2009.  These results reflect the impact of the aforementioned factors and the effect on earnings per share of a lower average number of shares outstanding in 2010 than in 2009 resulting from share repurchase programs.  The impact of the reduction in the average number of shares outstanding increased earnings per share by $0.53 compared to 2009.Additional NewsOn November 1, 2010, the Company launched a non-menthol variety of its flagship Newport® brand to markets across the U.S.  Newport® Non-Menthol is a premium product with broad competitive appeal that delivers the high quality tobacco taste that adult smokers have grown to expect from Newport.On November 17, 2010, Lorillard, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $1.125 per share.  The dividend was payable on December 13, 2010 to stockholders of record as of December 1, 2010.As of December 31, 2010, the Company had repurchased approximately 4.5 million shares of its outstanding common stock under the $1.0 billion repurchase program announced on August 20, 2010 at a cost of approximately $376 million.  The maximum dollar value of shares that could yet be repurchased under this program as of December 31, 2010 was approximately $624 million.On January 5, 2011, the Board of Directors of Lorillard, Inc. announced the election of Dianne Neal Blixt to the Board of Directors to serve as an independent director.  Ms. Blixt was also appointed to the Company's Audit Committee.  Conference Call A conference call to discuss the 2010 results of Lorillard, Inc. has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, February 7, 2011. 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: 38327446.  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 (800) 642-1687 (domestic) or (706) 645-9291 (international) and enter passcode: 38327446.  The conference call will be available for replay in its entirety through February 14, 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.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain 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 SubsidiariesConsolidated Condensed Statements of IncomeThree Months EndedDecember 31,Year EndedDecember 31,2010200920102009(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Amounts in millions, except per share data)Net sales (a)$1,486$1,378$5,932$5,233Cost of sales (a) (b) (c)9488973,8093,327Gross profit5384812,1231,906Selling, general and administrative10583398365Operating income4333981,7251,541Investment income1145Interest expense(28)(9)(94)(27)Income before income taxes4063901,6351,519Income taxes147148606571Net income$259$242$1,029$948Earnings per share:  Basic$1.74$1.52$6.78$5.76  Diluted$1.74$1.52$6.78$5.76Weighted average number of shares outstanding:  Basic148.49158.72151.59164.48  Diluted148.76158.89151.79164.62Supplemental information:(a)  Includes excise taxes.$466$446$1,879$1,547(b)  Includes charges to accrue obligations         under the State Settlement Agreements.3002801,2121,128(c)  Includes charges to accrue obligations under the        Federal Assessment for Tobacco Growers.2723111100Lorillard, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Condensed Balance SheetsDecember 31, 2010December 31, 2009(In millions)    (Unaudited)Assets:Cash and cash equivalents$2,063$1,384Accounts receivable, less allowances of $3 and $399Other receivables6841Inventories277281Deferred income taxes503466Other current assets15-Total current assets2,9352,181Plant and equipment, net243237Prepaid pension assets6660Deferred income taxes648Other assets4649Total assets$3,296$2,575Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity (Deficit):Accounts and drafts payable$27$23Accrued liabilities333318Settlement costs1,060982Income taxes614Total current liabilities1,4261,337Long-term debt1,769722Postretirement pension, medical and life insurance benefits284300Other liabilities42129Total liabilities3,5212,488Commitments and Contingent LiabilitiesShareholders' Equity (Deficit):Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 10 million shares??Common stock:            Authorized ? 600 million shares; par value?$0.01 per share            Issued ? 174 million and 174 million shares            Outstanding ? 147 million and 156 million shares22Additional paid-in capital242234Earnings retained in the business1,6661,282Accumulated other comprehensive loss(109)(121)Treasury stock at cost, 27 million and 18 million shares(2,026)(1,310)Total shareholders' equity (deficit)(225)87Total liabilities and shareholders' equity (deficit)$3,296$2,575Lorillard, Inc. and SubsidiariesWholesale ShipmentsInformation regarding unit volume shipped by Lorillard Tobacco Company to its direct buying customers by brand follows:Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31, (All units in thousands)20102009% Chg20102009% ChgFull Price BrandsNewport7,851,0497,680,7632.231,803,65131,021,2522.5Kent56,92869,126-17.6250,290295,098-15.2True57,67869,642-17.2253,139292,386-13.4Max04,464-100.011,26818,882-40.3Total Full Price Brands7,965,6557,823,9951.832,318,34831,627,6182.2Price/Value BrandsOld Gold135,060106,27227.1529,536445,88318.8Maverick1,197,318956,26225.24,585,0623,486,20431.5Total Price/Value Brands1,332,3781,062,53425.45,114,5983,932,08730.1Total Domestic Cigarettes9,298,0338,886,5294.637,432,94635,559,7055.3Total Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions157,980160,080-1.3674,083724,860-7.0Grand Total9,456,0139,046,6094.538,107,02936,284,5655.0Notes:1.This information is unaudited and is not adjusted for returns.2.Domestic unit volume includes units sold as well as promotional units and excludes volumes for Puerto Rico and U.S. 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 SubsidiariesSelected Domestic Retail Market Share Data (1)Three Months EndedDecember 31,Year EndedDecember 31, 2010 2009Pt Chg 2010 2009Pt ChgTotal Lorillard13.212.01.212.911.81.1Total Newport11.210.40.811.010.30.7Total Industry Menthol30.229.80.430.029.30.7Newport Menthol Shareof Menthol Segment35.334.80.536.135.11.0(1) Unaudited information based on Lorillard's Proprietary Retail Database ("EXCEL")SOURCE Lorillard, Inc.For further information: David Taylor, Chief Financial Officer, +1-336-335-7668; Robert Bannon, Director, Investor Relations, +1-336-335-7665, both of Lorillard, Inc.