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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
ý
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2015
OR
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                     to                    
Commission File Number 1-08940
Altria Group, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
Virginia
 
13-3260245
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
6601 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia
 
23230
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (804) 274-2200 
 Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes   þ     No   ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes   þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer
 
þ
 
Accelerated filer
 
¨
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
  
Smaller reporting company
  
¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes  ¨    No   þ
At July 20, 2015, there were 1,960,695,029 shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock, par value $0.33 1/3 per share.





ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
Page No.
PART I -
  
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
  
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
  
Financial Statements (Unaudited)
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                 Three Months Ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
  
  
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
  
  
 
 
 
 
PART II -
  
OTHER INFORMATION
  
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
  
  
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
  
  
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
  
  
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
  
  
 
 
 
 
Signature
  
  


2


PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements.
Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions of dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
June 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
Assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
1,123

 
$
3,321

Receivables
 
142

 
124

Inventories:
 

 

Leaf tobacco
 
865

 
991

Other raw materials
 
201

 
200

Work in process
 
367

 
429

Finished product
 
481

 
420

 
 
1,914

 
2,040

Deferred income taxes
 
1,143

 
1,143

Other current assets
 
311

 
250

Total current assets
 
4,633

 
6,878

Property, plant and equipment, at cost
 
4,805

 
4,755

Less accumulated depreciation
 
2,814

 
2,772

 
 
1,991

 
1,983

Goodwill
 
5,285

 
5,285

Other intangible assets, net
 
12,039

 
12,049

Investment in SABMiller
 
6,117

 
6,183

Finance assets, net
 
1,339

 
1,614

Other assets
 
465

 
483

Total Assets
 
$
31,869

 
$
34,475

 
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.



3




Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Continued)
(in millions of dollars, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
June 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
$
1,003

 
$
1,000

Accounts payable
 
290

 
416

Accrued liabilities:
 

 

Marketing
 
674

 
618

Employment costs
 
104

 
186

Settlement charges
 
2,206

 
3,500

Other
 
961

 
925

Dividends payable
 
1,023

 
1,028

Total current liabilities
 
6,261

 
7,673

Long-term debt
 
12,917

 
13,693

Deferred income taxes
 
6,011

 
6,088

Accrued pension costs
 
945

 
1,012

Accrued postretirement health care costs
 
2,451

 
2,461

Other liabilities
 
475

 
503

Total liabilities
 
29,060

 
31,430

Contingencies (Note 9)
 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interest
 
36

 
35

Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Common stock, par value $0.33 1/3 per share
(2,805,961,317 shares issued)
 
935

 
935

Additional paid-in capital
 
5,768

 
5,735

Earnings reinvested in the business
 
26,698

 
26,277

Accumulated other comprehensive losses
 
(2,878
)
 
(2,682
)
Cost of repurchased stock
(843,994,958 shares at June 30, 2015 and
834,486,794 shares at December 31, 2014)
 
(27,744
)
 
(27,251
)
Total stockholders’ equity attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
2,779

 
3,014

Noncontrolling interests
 
(6
)
 
(4
)
Total stockholders’ equity
 
2,773

 
3,010

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
$
31,869

 
$
34,475

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.


4



Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in millions of dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Net revenues
 
$
12,417

 
$
11,773

Cost of sales
 
3,801

 
3,720

Excise taxes on products
 
3,270

 
3,194

Gross profit
 
5,346

 
4,859

Marketing, administration and research costs
 
1,253

 
1,158

Asset impairment and exit costs
 
4

 
(8
)
Operating income
 
4,089

 
3,709

Interest and other debt expense, net
 
404

 
383

Loss on early extinguishment of debt
 
228

 

Earnings from equity investment in SABMiller
 
(359
)
 
(425
)
Earnings before income taxes
 
3,816

 
3,751

Provision for income taxes
 
1,349

 
1,314

Net earnings
 
2,467

 
2,437

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
(1
)
 

Net earnings attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
2,466

 
$
2,437

Per share data:
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
1.25

 
$
1.23

Dividends declared
 
$
1.04

 
$
0.96

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.


5



Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in millions of dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Net revenues
 
$
6,613

 
$
6,256

Cost of sales
 
2,004

 
1,968

Excise taxes on products
 
1,738

 
1,685

Gross profit
 
2,871

 
2,603

Marketing, administration and research costs
 
643

 
638

Asset impairment and exit costs
 
4

 
(10
)
Operating income
 
2,224

 
1,975

Interest and other debt expense, net
 
195

 
230

Earnings from equity investment in SABMiller
 
(225
)
 
(200
)
Earnings before income taxes
 
2,254

 
1,945

Provision for income taxes
 
805

 
683

Net earnings
 
1,449

 
1,262

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
(1
)
 

Net earnings attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
1,448

 
$
1,262

Per share data:
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
0.74

 
$
0.64

Dividends declared
 
$
0.52

 
$
0.48

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.


6



Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings
(in millions of dollars)
(Unaudited)

 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Net earnings
 
$
2,467

 
$
2,437

Other comprehensive earnings (losses), net of deferred income taxes:
 
 
 
 
Currency translation adjustments
 
(1
)
 
1

Benefit plans
 
81

 
49

SABMiller
 
(276
)
 
99

Other comprehensive (losses) earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 
(196
)
 
149

 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive earnings
 
2,271

 
2,586

Comprehensive earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
(1
)
 

Comprehensive earnings attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
2,270

 
$
2,586

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.


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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings
(in millions of dollars)
(Unaudited)

 
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Net earnings
 
$
1,449

 
$
1,262

Other comprehensive earnings, net of deferred income taxes:
 
 
 
 
Currency translation adjustments
 

 
1

Benefit plans
 
39

 
24

SABMiller
 
28

 
64

Other comprehensive earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 
67

 
89

 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive earnings
 
1,516

 
1,351

Comprehensive earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
(1
)
 

Comprehensive earnings attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
1,515

 
$
1,351


See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.



8



Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity
for the Year Ended December 31, 2014 and
the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
(in millions of dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
Attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Earnings
Reinvested
in the
Business
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Losses
 
Cost of
Repurchased
Stock
 
Non-controlling
Interests
 
Total
Stockholders’
Equity
Balances, December 31, 2013
 
$
935

 
$
5,714

 
$
25,168

 
$
(1,378
)
 
$
(26,320
)
 
$
(1
)
 
$
4,118

Net earnings (losses) (1)
 

 

 
5,070

 

 

 
(3
)
 
5,067

Other comprehensive losses, net of deferred income taxes
 

 

 

 
(1,304
)
 

 

 
(1,304
)
Stock award activity
 

 
21

 

 

 
8

 

 
29

Cash dividends declared ($2.00 per share)
 

 

 
(3,961
)
 

 

 

 
(3,961
)
Repurchases of common stock
 

 

 

 

 
(939
)
 

 
(939
)
Balances, December 31, 2014
 
935

 
5,735

 
26,277

 
(2,682
)
 
(27,251
)
 
(4
)
 
3,010

Net earnings (losses) (1)
 

 

 
2,466

 

 

 
(2
)
 
2,464

Other comprehensive losses, net of deferred income taxes
 

 

 

 
(196
)
 

 

 
(196
)
Stock award activity
 

 
33

 

 

 
(38
)
 

 
(5
)
Cash dividends declared ($1.04 per share)
 

 

 
(2,045
)
 

 

 

 
(2,045
)
Repurchases of common stock
 

 

 

 

 
(455
)
 

 
(455
)
Balances, June 30, 2015
 
$
935

 
$
5,768

 
$
26,698

 
$
(2,878
)
 
$
(27,744
)
 
$
(6
)
 
$
2,773


(1) 
Net losses attributable to noncontrolling interests for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and for the year ended December 31, 2014 exclude net earnings of $3 million for each period, due to the redeemable noncontrolling interest related to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, which is reported in the mezzanine equity section in the condensed consolidated balance sheets at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014.

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.




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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in millions of dollars)
(Unaudited)
                                            
 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities
 
 
 
 
Net earnings
 
$
2,467

 
$
2,437

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to operating cash flows:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
100

 
100

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)
 
28

 
(21
)
Earnings from equity investment in SABMiller
 
(359
)
 
(425
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
 
228

 

Cash effects of changes, net of the effects from acquisition of Green Smoke:
 
 
 
 
Receivables, net
 
19

 
12

Inventories
 
105

 
38

Accounts payable
 
(154
)
 
(121
)
Income taxes
 
(153
)
 
(5
)
Accrued liabilities and other current assets
 
74

 
12

Accrued settlement charges
 
(1,294
)
 
(1,347
)
Pension plan contributions
 
(9
)
 
(8
)
Pension provisions and postretirement, net
 
55

 
15

Other
 
140

 
72

Net cash provided by operating activities
 
1,247

 
759

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.






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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Continued)
(in millions of dollars)
(Unaudited)
                                            
 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
 
$
(99
)
 
$
(60
)
Acquisition of Green Smoke, net of acquired cash
 

 
(93
)
Proceeds from finance assets
 
185

 
189

Other
 
1

 
66

Net cash provided by investing activities
 
87

 
102

Cash Used in Financing Activities
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt repaid
 
(793
)
 
(525
)
Repurchases of common stock
 
(455
)
 
(404
)
Dividends paid on common stock
 
(2,050
)
 
(1,912
)
Premiums and fees related to early extinguishment of debt
 
(226
)
 

Other
 
(8
)
 
(2
)
Cash used in financing activities
 
(3,532
)
 
(2,843
)
Cash and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
Decrease
 
(2,198
)
 
(1,982
)
Balance at beginning of period
 
3,321

 
3,175

Balance at end of period
 
$
1,123

 
$
1,193

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.



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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 1. Background and Basis of Presentation:

Background

At June 30, 2015, Altria Group, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiaries included Philip Morris USA Inc. (“PM USA”), which is engaged predominantly in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States; John Middleton Co. (“Middleton”), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of machine-made large cigars and pipe tobacco, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PM USA; and UST LLC (“UST”), which through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC (“USSTC”) and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. (“Ste. Michelle”), is engaged in the manufacture and sale of smokeless tobacco products and wine. Altria Group, Inc.’s other operating companies included Nu Mark LLC (“Nu Mark”), a wholly-owned subsidiary that is engaged in the manufacture and sale of innovative tobacco products, and Philip Morris Capital Corporation (“PMCC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary that maintains a portfolio of finance assets, substantially all of which are leveraged leases. Other Altria Group, Inc. wholly-owned subsidiaries included Altria Group Distribution Company, which provides sales, distribution and consumer engagement services to certain Altria Group, Inc. operating subsidiaries, and Altria Client Services Inc., which provides various support services, such as legal, regulatory, finance, human resources and external affairs, to Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Altria Group, Inc.’s access to the operating cash flows of its wholly-owned subsidiaries consists of cash received from the payment of dividends and distributions, and the payment of interest on intercompany loans by its subsidiaries. At June 30, 2015, Altria Group, Inc.’s principal wholly-owned subsidiaries were not limited by long-term debt or other agreements in their ability to pay cash dividends or make other distributions with respect to their equity interests.
        
At June 30, 2015, Altria Group, Inc. also held approximately 27% of the economic and voting interest of SABMiller plc (“SABMiller”), which Altria Group, Inc. accounts for under the equity method of accounting. Altria Group, Inc. receives cash dividends on its interest in SABMiller if and when SABMiller pays such dividends.

Share Repurchases

Altria Group, Inc.’s share repurchase activity was as follows:
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions, except per share data)
Total number of shares repurchased
 
8.8

 
10.8

 
5.2

 
3.3

Aggregate cost of shares repurchased
 
$
455

 
$
404

 
$
263

 
$
132

Average price per share of shares repurchased
 
$
51.63

 
$
37.40

 
$
50.64

 
$
40.72


In April 2013, Altria Group, Inc.’s Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”) authorized a $300 million share repurchase program and expanded it to $1.0 billion in August 2013 (as expanded, the “April 2013 share repurchase program”). During the third quarter of 2014, Altria Group, Inc. completed the April 2013 share repurchase program, under which Altria Group, Inc. repurchased a total of 27.1 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $36.97 per share.

In July 2014, the Board of Directors authorized a $1.0 billion share repurchase program (the “July 2014 share repurchase program”). At June 30, 2015, Altria Group, Inc. had approximately $63 million remaining in the July 2014 share repurchase program. In July 2015, Altria Group, Inc. completed the July 2014 share repurchase program, under which it repurchased a total of 20.4 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $48.90 per share. In July 2015, the Board of Directors authorized a new $1.0 billion share repurchase program. The timing of share repurchases under this program depends upon marketplace conditions and other factors, and the program remains subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Basis of Presentation

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements of Altria Group, Inc. are unaudited. It is the opinion of Altria Group, Inc.’s management that all adjustments necessary for a fair statement of the interim results presented have been reflected in the interim condensed consolidated financial statements. All such adjustments were of a normal recurring

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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

nature. Net revenues and net earnings for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for the entire year.

These statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes, which appear in Altria Group, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Note 2. Acquisition of Green Smoke:

In April 2014, Nu Mark acquired the e-vapor business of Green Smoke, Inc. and its affiliates (“Green Smoke”) for a total purchase price of approximately $130 million. The acquisition complements Nu Mark’s capabilities and enhances its competitive position by adding e-vapor experience, broadening product offerings and strengthening supply chain capabilities.

Green Smoke’s financial position and results of operations have been consolidated with Altria Group, Inc. as of April 1, 2014.

Pro forma results, as well as net revenues and net earnings for Green Smoke subsequent to the acquisition, have not been presented because the acquisition of Green Smoke is not material to Altria Group, Inc.’s consolidated results of operations.

The purchase price allocation has been completed, and there were no changes subsequent to the acquisition date.
Note 3. Benefit Plans:

Subsidiaries of Altria Group, Inc. sponsor noncontributory defined benefit pension plans covering the majority of all employees of Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. However, employees hired on or after a date specific to their employee group are not eligible to participate in these noncontributory defined benefit pension plans but are instead eligible to participate in a defined contribution plan with enhanced benefits. This transition for new hires occurred from October 1, 2006 to January 1, 2008. In addition, effective January 1, 2010, certain employees of UST’s subsidiaries and Middleton who were participants in noncontributory defined benefit pension plans ceased to earn additional benefit service under those plans and became eligible to participate in a defined contribution plan with enhanced benefits. Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries also provide health care and other benefits to the majority of retired employees.
  
Pension Plans

Components of Net Periodic Benefit Cost

Net periodic pension cost consisted of the following:
 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Service cost
 
$
43

 
$
34

 
$
22

 
$
17

Interest cost
 
168

 
172

 
84

 
86

Expected return on plan assets
 
(270
)
 
(260
)
 
(135
)
 
(130
)
Amortization:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
 
117

 
75

 
58

 
37

Prior service cost
 
4

 
5

 
2

 
2

Net periodic pension cost
 
$
62

 
$
26

 
$
31

 
$
12



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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Employer Contributions

Altria Group, Inc. makes contributions to the pension plans to the extent that the contributions are tax deductible and pays benefits that relate to plans for salaried employees that cannot be funded under Internal Revenue Service regulations. Employer contributions of $9 million were made to Altria Group, Inc.’s pension plans during the six months ended June 30, 2015. Currently, Altria Group, Inc. anticipates making additional employer contributions to its pension plans during the remainder of 2015 of approximately $10 million to $40 million, based on current tax law. However, this estimate is subject to change as a result of changes in tax and other benefit laws, as well as asset performance significantly above or below the assumed long-term rate of return on pension assets, or changes in interest rates.

Postretirement Benefit Plans

Net postretirement health care costs consisted of the following:

 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Service cost
 
$
9

 
$
8

 
$
5

 
$
4

Interest cost
 
51

 
54

 
25

 
27

Amortization:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
 
23

 
14

 
11

 
7

Prior service credit
 
(20
)
 
(21
)
 
(10
)
 
(10
)
Net postretirement health care costs
 
$
63

 
$
55

 
$
31

 
$
28


Note 4. Earnings Per Share:

Basic and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) were calculated using the following:
 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Net earnings attributable to Altria Group, Inc.
 
$
2,466

 
$
2,437

 
$
1,448

 
$
1,262

Less: Distributed and undistributed earnings attributable to unvested restricted shares and restricted stock units (also known as deferred stock)
 
(5
)
 
(6
)
 
(3
)
 
(3
)
Earnings for basic and diluted EPS
 
$
2,461

 
$
2,431

 
$
1,445

 
$
1,259

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares for basic and diluted EPS
 
1,964

 
1,983

 
1,962

 
1,980


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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 5. Other Comprehensive Earnings/Losses:

The following tables set forth the changes in each component of accumulated other comprehensive losses, net of deferred income taxes, attributable to Altria Group, Inc.:

 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
 
 
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
 
Benefit Plans
 
SABMiller
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Losses
 
 
(in millions)
Balances, December 31, 2014
 
$
(2
)
 
$
(2,040
)
 
$
(640
)
 
$
(2,682
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive losses before reclassifications
 
(1
)
 

 
(434
)
 
(435
)
Deferred income taxes
 

 

 
151

 
151

Other comprehensive losses before reclassifications, net of deferred income taxes
 
(1
)
 

 
(283
)
 
(284
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts reclassified to net earnings
 

 
134

 
9

 
143

Deferred income taxes
 

 
(53
)
 
(2
)
 
(55
)
Amounts reclassified to net earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 

 
81

 
7

 
88

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive (losses) earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 
(1
)
 
81

 
(276
)
(1) 
(196
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balances, June 30, 2015
 
$
(3
)
 
$
(1,959
)
 
$
(916
)
 
$
(2,878
)

 
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2015
 
 
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
 
Benefit Plans
 
SABMiller
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Losses
 
 
(in millions)
Balances, March 31, 2015
 
$
(3
)
 
$
(1,998
)
 
$
(944
)
 
$
(2,945
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings before reclassifications
 

 

 
37

 
37

Deferred income taxes
 

 

 
(13
)
 
(13
)
Other comprehensive earnings before reclassifications, net of deferred income taxes
 

 

 
24

 
24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts reclassified to net earnings
 

 
66

 
5

 
71

Deferred income taxes
 

 
(27
)
 
(1
)
 
(28
)
Amounts reclassified to net earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 

 
39

 
4

 
43

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 

 
39

 
28

(1) 
67

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balances, June 30, 2015
 
$
(3
)
 
$
(1,959
)
 
$
(916
)
 
$
(2,878
)


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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2014
 
 
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
 
Benefit Plans
 
SABMiller
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Losses
 
 
(in millions)
Balances, December 31, 2013
 
$

 
$
(1,273
)
 
$
(105
)
 
$
(1,378
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings before reclassifications
 
1

 

 
150

 
151

Deferred income taxes
 

 

 
(53
)
 
(53
)
Other comprehensive earnings before reclassifications, net of deferred income taxes
 
1

 

 
97

 
98

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts reclassified to net earnings
 

 
80

 
3

 
83

Deferred income taxes
 

 
(31
)
 
(1
)
 
(32
)
Amounts reclassified to net earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 

 
49

 
2

 
51

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 
1

 
49

 
99

(1) 
149

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balances, June 30, 2014
 
$
1

 
$
(1,224
)
 
$
(6
)
 
$
(1,229
)

 
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2014
 
 
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
 
Benefit Plans
 
SABMiller
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Losses
 
 
(in millions)
Balances, March 31, 2014
 
$

 
$
(1,248
)
 
$
(70
)
 
$
(1,318
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings before reclassifications
 
1

 

 
99

 
100

Deferred income taxes
 

 

 
(35
)
 
(35
)
Other comprehensive earnings before reclassifications, net of deferred income taxes
 
1

 

 
64

 
65

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amounts reclassified to net earnings
 

 
39

 

 
39

Deferred income taxes
 

 
(15
)
 

 
(15
)
Amounts reclassified to net earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 

 
24

 

 
24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive earnings, net of deferred income taxes
 
1

 
24

 
64

(1) 
89

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balances, June 30, 2014
 
$
1

 
$
(1,224
)
 
$
(6
)
 
$
(1,229
)
(1) For the six and three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, Altria Group, Inc.’s proportionate share of SABMiller’s other comprehensive earnings/losses consisted primarily of currency translation adjustments.


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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The following table sets forth pre-tax amounts by component, reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive losses to net earnings:

 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
(in millions)
Benefit Plans: (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
$
150

 
$
96

 
$
74

 
$
47

Prior service cost/credit
(16
)
 
(16
)
 
(8
)
 
(8
)
 
134

 
80

 
66

 
39

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SABMiller (2)
9

 
3

 
5

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive losses to net earnings
$
143

 
$
83

 
$
71

 
$
39


(1) Amounts are included in net defined benefit plan costs. For further details, see Note 3. Benefit Plans.

(2) Amounts are included in earnings from equity investment in SABMiller.

Note 6. Segment Reporting:

The products of Altria Group, Inc.’s subsidiaries include smokeable products comprised of cigarettes manufactured and sold by PM USA and machine-made large cigars and pipe tobacco manufactured and sold by Middleton; smokeless products, substantially all of which are manufactured and sold by USSTC; and wine produced and/or distributed by Ste. Michelle. The products and services of these subsidiaries constitute Altria Group, Inc.’s reportable segments of smokeable products, smokeless products and wine. The financial services and the innovative tobacco products businesses are included in all other.

Altria Group, Inc.’s chief operating decision maker reviews operating companies income to evaluate the performance of, and allocate resources to, the segments. Operating companies income for the segments is defined as operating income before amortization of intangibles and general corporate expenses. Interest and other debt expense, net, and provision for income taxes are centrally managed at the corporate level and, accordingly, such items are not presented by segment since they are excluded from the measure of segment profitability reviewed by Altria Group, Inc.’s chief operating decision maker.

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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Segment data were as follows: 
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Net revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
 
$
11,195

 
$
10,569

 
$
5,974

 
$
5,611

Smokeless products
 
911

 
879

 
481

 
464

Wine
 
295

 
275

 
161

 
146

All other
 
16

 
50

 
(3
)
 
35

Net revenues
 
$
12,417

 
$
11,773

 
$
6,613

 
$
6,256

Earnings before income taxes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating companies income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smokeable products
 
$
3,710

 
$
3,320

 
$
2,024

 
$
1,789

Smokeless products
 
544

 
524

 
293

 
285

Wine
 
62

 
50

 
35

 
28

All other
 
(104
)
 
(54
)
 
(63
)
 
(53
)
Amortization of intangibles
 
(10
)
 
(10
)
 
(5
)
 
(5
)
General corporate expenses
 
(113
)
 
(121
)
 
(60
)
 
(69
)
Operating income
 
4,089

 
3,709

 
2,224

 
1,975

Interest and other debt expense, net
 
(404
)
 
(383
)
 
(195
)
 
(230
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
 
(228
)
 

 

 

Earnings from equity investment in SABMiller
 
359

 
425

 
225

 
200

Earnings before income taxes
 
$
3,816

 
$
3,751

 
$
2,254

 
$
1,945


The comparability of operating companies income for the reportable segments was affected by the following:

Non-Participating Manufacturer (“NPM”) Adjustment Items - For the six and three months ended June 30, 2014, pre-tax income for NPM adjustment items was recorded in Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated statements of earnings as follows:
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2014
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Smokeable products segment
 
$
43

 
$
43

Interest and other debt expense, net
 
47

 
(17
)
Total
 
$
90

 
$
26

These adjustments resulted from the settlement of, and determinations made in connection with, disputes with certain states and territories related to the NPM adjustment provision under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (the “MSA”) for the years 2003-2012 (such settlements and determinations are referred to collectively as “NPM Adjustment Items” and are more fully described in Health Care Cost Recovery Litigation - NPM Adjustment Disputes in Note 9. Contingencies). The amounts shown in the table above for the smokeable products segment were recorded by PM USA as reductions to cost of sales, which increased operating companies income in the smokeable products segment.

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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Tobacco and Health Litigation Items - For the six and three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, pre-tax charges related to certain tobacco and health litigation items were recorded in Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated statements of earnings as follows:
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Smokeable products segment
 
$
48

 
$
19

 
$
5

 
$
16

General corporate
 

 
15

 

 
15

Interest and other debt expense, net
 

 
1

 

 

Total
 
$
48

 
$
35

 
$
5

 
$
31

During the first quarter of 2015, PM USA and certain other cigarette manufacturers reached a tentative agreement to resolve approximately 415 pending federal Engle progeny cases. As a result of the tentative agreement, during the first quarter of 2015, PM USA recorded a pre-tax provision of approximately $43 million in marketing, administration and research costs. For further discussion, see Smoking and Health Litigation - Tentative Agreement to Resolve Federal Engle Progeny Cases in Note 9. Contingencies.
During the second quarter of 2014, Altria Group, Inc. and PM USA recorded an aggregate pre-tax charge of $31 million in marketing, administration and research costs for the estimated costs of implementing the corrective communications remedy in connection with the federal government’s lawsuit against Altria Group, Inc. and PM USA. For further discussion, see Health Care Cost Recovery Litigation - Federal Government’s Lawsuit in Note 9. Contingencies.
Asset Impairment and Exit Costs - During the second quarter of 2014, PM USA sold its Cabarrus, North Carolina manufacturing facility for approximately $66 million in connection with the previously completed manufacturing optimization program associated with PM USA’s closure of the manufacturing facility in 2009. As a result, during the second quarter of 2014, PM USA recorded a pre-tax gain of $10 million.

Note 7. Finance Assets, net:

In 2003, PMCC ceased making new investments and began focusing exclusively on managing its portfolio of finance assets in order to maximize its operating results and cash flows from its existing lease portfolio activities and asset sales. Accordingly, PMCC’s operating companies income will fluctuate over time as investments mature or are sold.

At June 30, 2015, finance assets, net, of $1,339 million were comprised of investments in finance leases of $1,381 million, reduced by the allowance for losses of $42 million. At December 31, 2014, finance assets, net, of $1,614 million were comprised of investments in finance leases of $1,656 million, reduced by the allowance for losses of $42 million.

During the second quarter of 2015, as a result of the commencement of marketing efforts to sell certain aircraft within PMCC’s portfolio, PMCC determined that the estimated unguaranteed residual values on these aircraft should be reduced by $35 million. This decrease in unguaranteed residual values resulted in a reduction to PMCC’s net revenues of $29 million in the second quarter of 2015. There were no such adjustments for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

PMCC assesses the adequacy of its allowance for losses relative to the credit risk of its leasing portfolio on an ongoing basis. During the six months ended June 30, 2014, PMCC determined that its allowance for losses exceeded the amount required based on management’s assessment of the credit quality and size of PMCC’s leasing portfolio. As a result, for the six months ended June 30, 2014, PMCC reduced its allowance for losses by $10 million. This decrease to the allowance for losses was recorded as a reduction to marketing, administration and research costs on Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated statement of earnings. PMCC believes that, as of June 30, 2015, the allowance for losses of $42 million was adequate. PMCC continues to monitor economic and credit conditions, and the individual situations of its lessees and their respective industries, and may increase or decrease its allowance for losses if such conditions change in the future.

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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The activity in the allowance for losses on finance assets for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 was as follows:
 
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(in millions)
Balance at beginning of the year
 
$
42

 
$
52

Decrease to allowance
 

 
(10
)
Balance at June 30
 
$
42

 
$
42


All PMCC lessees were current on their lease payment obligations as of June 30, 2015.
The credit quality of PMCC’s investments in finance leases as assigned by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“Standard & Poor’s”) and Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 was as follows:

 
 
June 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
(in millions)
Credit Rating by Standard & Poor’s/Moody’s:
 
 
 
 
“AAA/Aaa” to “A-/A3”
 
$
261

 
$
417

“BBB+/Baa1” to “BBB-/Baa3”
 
725

 
833

“BB+/Ba1” and Lower
 
395

 
406

Total
 
$
1,381

 
$
1,656


Note 8. Debt:

At June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, Altria Group, Inc. had no short-term borrowings.

Long-term Debt

During the first quarter of 2015, Altria Group, Inc. completed a debt tender offer to purchase for cash $793 million aggregate principal amount of its senior unsecured 9.700% notes due 2018. As a result of the debt tender offer, during the first quarter of 2015, Altria Group, Inc. recorded a pre-tax loss on early extinguishment of debt of $228 million, which included premiums and fees of $226 million and the write-off of the related unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs of $2 million.
Altria Group, Inc.’s estimate of the fair value of its debt is based on observable market information derived from a third-party pricing source and is classified in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. The aggregate fair value of Altria Group, Inc.’s total long-term debt at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, was $15.4 billion and $17.0 billion, respectively, as compared with its carrying value of $13.9 billion and $14.7 billion, respectively.

Note 9. Contingencies:

Legal proceedings covering a wide range of matters are pending or threatened in various United States and foreign jurisdictions against Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including PM USA and UST and its subsidiaries, as well as their respective indemnitees. Various types of claims may be raised in these proceedings, including product liability, consumer protection, antitrust, tax, contraband shipments, patent infringement, employment matters, claims for contribution and claims of competitors or distributors.

Litigation is subject to uncertainty and it is possible that there could be adverse developments in pending or future cases. An unfavorable outcome or settlement of pending tobacco-related or other litigation could encourage the commencement of additional litigation. Damages claimed in some tobacco-related and other litigation are or can be significant and, in certain cases, range in the billions of dollars. The variability in pleadings in multiple jurisdictions, together with the actual experience of management in litigating claims, demonstrate that the monetary relief that may be specified in a

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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

lawsuit bears little relevance to the ultimate outcome. In certain cases, plaintiffs claim that defendants’ liability is joint and several. In such cases, Altria Group, Inc. or its subsidiaries may face the risk that one or more co-defendants decline or otherwise fail to participate in the bonding required for an appeal or to pay their proportionate or jury-allocated share of a judgment.  As a result, Altria Group, Inc. or its subsidiaries under certain circumstances may have to pay more than their proportionate share of any bonding- or judgment-related amounts. Furthermore, in those cases where plaintiffs are successful, Altria Group, Inc. or its subsidiaries may also be required to pay interest and attorneys’ fees.

Although PM USA has historically been able to obtain required bonds or relief from bonding requirements in order to prevent plaintiffs from seeking to collect judgments while adverse verdicts have been appealed, there remains a risk that such relief may not be obtainable in all cases. This risk has been substantially reduced given that 47 states and Puerto Rico limit the dollar amount of bonds or require no bond at all. As discussed below, however, tobacco litigation plaintiffs have challenged the constitutionality of Florida’s bond cap statute in several cases and plaintiffs may challenge state bond cap statutes in other jurisdictions as well. Such challenges may include the applicability of state bond caps in federal court. Although Altria Group, Inc. cannot predict the outcome of such challenges, it is possible that the consolidated results of operations, cash flows or financial position of Altria Group, Inc., or one or more of its subsidiaries, could be materially affected in a particular fiscal quarter or fiscal year by an unfavorable outcome of one or more such challenges.

Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries record provisions in the condensed consolidated financial statements for pending litigation when they determine that an unfavorable outcome is probable and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. At the present time, while it is reasonably possible that an unfavorable outcome in a case may occur, except to the extent discussed elsewhere in this Note 9. Contingencies: (i) management has concluded that it is not probable that a loss has been incurred in any of the pending tobacco-related cases; (ii) management is unable to estimate the possible loss or range of loss that could result from an unfavorable outcome in any of the pending tobacco-related cases; and (iii) accordingly, management has not provided any amounts in the condensed consolidated financial statements for unfavorable outcomes, if any. Litigation defense costs are expensed as incurred.

Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries have achieved substantial success in managing litigation. Nevertheless, litigation is subject to uncertainty and significant challenges remain. It is possible that the consolidated results of operations, cash flows or financial position of Altria Group, Inc., or one or more of its subsidiaries, could be materially affected in a particular fiscal quarter or fiscal year by an unfavorable outcome or settlement of certain pending litigation. Altria Group, Inc. and each of its subsidiaries named as a defendant believe, and each has been so advised by counsel handling the respective cases, that it has valid defenses to the litigation pending against it, as well as valid bases for appeal of adverse verdicts. Each of the companies has defended, and will continue to defend, vigorously against litigation challenges. However, Altria Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries may enter into settlement discussions in particular cases if they believe it is in the best interests of Altria Group, Inc. to do so.

Overview of Altria Group, Inc. and/or PM USA Tobacco-Related Litigation

Types and Number of Cases

Claims related to tobacco products generally fall within the following categories: (i) smoking and health cases alleging personal injury brought on behalf of individual plaintiffs; (ii) smoking and health cases primarily alleging personal injury or seeking court-supervised programs for ongoing medical monitoring and purporting to be brought on behalf of a class of individual plaintiffs, including cases in which the aggregated claims of a number of individual plaintiffs are to be tried in a single proceeding; (iii) health care cost recovery cases brought by governmental (both domestic and foreign) plaintiffs seeking reimbursement for health care expenditures allegedly caused by cigarette smoking and/or disgorgement of profits; (iv) class action suits alleging that the uses of the terms “Lights” and “Ultra Lights” constitute deceptive and unfair trade practices, common law or statutory fraud, unjust enrichment, breach of warranty or violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”); and (v) other tobacco-related litigation described below. Plaintiffs’ theories of recovery and the defenses raised in pending smoking and health, health care cost recovery and “Lights/Ultra Lights” cases are discussed below.


21

Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The table below lists the number of certain tobacco-related cases pending in the United States against PM USA and, in some instances, Altria Group, Inc. as of July 24, 2015, July 18, 2014 and July 22, 2013.
Type of Case
Number of Cases
Pending as of
July 24, 2015
Number of Cases
Pending as of
July 18, 2014
Number of Cases
Pending as of
July 22, 2013
Individual Smoking and Health Cases (1)
65
67
73
Smoking and Health Class Actions and Aggregated Claims Litigation (2)
5
5
6
Health Care Cost Recovery Actions (3)
1
1
1
“Lights/Ultra Lights” Class Actions
12
14
15

(1) Does not include 2,545 cases brought by flight attendants seeking compensatory damages for personal injuries allegedly caused by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (“ETS”). The flight attendants allege that they are members of an ETS smoking and health class action in Florida, which was settled in 1997 (Broin). The terms of the court-approved settlement in that case allow class members to file individual lawsuits seeking compensatory damages, but prohibit them from seeking punitive damages. Also, does not include individual smoking and health cases brought by or on behalf of plaintiffs in Florida state and federal courts following the decertification of the Engle case (discussed below in Smoking and Health Litigation - Engle Class Action).
(2) Includes as one case the 600 civil actions (of which 346 were actions against PM USA) that were to be tried in a single proceeding in West Virginia (In re: Tobacco Litigation). The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that the United States Constitution did not preclude a trial in two phases in this case. Issues related to defendants’ conduct and whether punitive damages are permissible were tried in the first phase. Trial in the first phase of this case began in April 2013. In May 2013, the jury returned a verdict in favor of defendants on the claims for design defect, negligence, failure to warn, breach of warranty, and concealment and declined to find that the defendants’ conduct warranted punitive damages. Plaintiffs prevailed on their claim that ventilated filter cigarettes should have included use instructions for the period 1964 - 1969. The second phase will consist of trials to determine liability and compensatory damages. In November 2013, plaintiffs filed their notice of appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. In November 2014, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed the final judgment and, in January 2015, denied plaintiffs’ petition for rehearing. In April 2015, plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court, which the Supreme Court denied on June 8, 2015. On July 13, 2015, the trial court entered an order that will result in the entry of final judgment in favor of defendants and against all but 30 plaintiffs who potentially have a claim against one or more defendants that may be pursued in a second phase of trial. The court intends to try the claims of these 30 plaintiffs in six consolidated trials, each with a group of five plaintiffs. The first trial is set to begin June 13, 2016, and the second on December 4, 2016. Dates for the four remaining consolidated trials have not been scheduled.
(3) See Health Care Cost Recovery Litigation - Federal Government’s Lawsuit below.

International Tobacco-Related Cases

As of July 24, 2015, PM USA is a named defendant in ten health care cost recovery actions in Canada, eight of which also name Altria Group, Inc. as a defendant. PM USA and Altria Group, Inc. are also named defendants in seven smoking and health class actions filed in various Canadian provinces. See Guarantees and Other Similar Matters below for a discussion of the Distribution Agreement between Altria Group, Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. (“PMI”) that provides for indemnities for certain liabilities concerning tobacco products.

Tobacco-Related Cases Set for Trial

As of July 24, 2015, 16 Engle progeny cases, one “Lights/Ultra Lights” class action and two individual smoking and health cases against PM USA are set for trial in 2015. Cases against other companies in the tobacco industry are also scheduled for trial in 2015. Trial dates are subject to change.

Trial Results

Since January 1999, excluding the Engle progeny cases (separately discussed below), verdicts have been returned in 56 smoking and health, “Lights/Ultra Lights” and health care cost recovery cases in which PM USA was a defendant. Verdicts in favor of PM USA and other defendants were returned in 38 of the 56 cases. These 38 cases were tried in Alaska (1), California (6), Florida (10), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Mississippi (1), Missouri (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New York (5), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (1), Tennessee (2) and West Virginia (2). A motion for a new trial was granted in one of the cases in Florida and in the case in Alaska. In the Alaska case (Hunter), the trial court withdrew its order for a new trial upon PM USA’s motion for reconsideration. Oral argument of plaintiff’s appeal of this ruling occurred in September 2014. See Types and Number of Cases above for a discussion of the trial results in In re: Tobacco Litigation (West Virginia consolidated cases).

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Altria Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

    
Of the 18 non-Engle progeny cases in which verdicts were returned in favor of plaintiffs, 15 have reached final resolution. A verdict against defendants in one health care cost recovery case (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) was reversed and all claims were dismissed with prejudice. In addition, a verdict against defendants in a purported “Lights” class action in Illinois (Price) was reversed and the case was dismissed with prejudice in December 2006, but plaintiff is seeking to reinstate the verdict, which an intermediate appellate court ordered in April 2014. PM USA filed a petition for leave to appeal, which automatically stayed the April 2014 order. In September 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court granted PM USA’s motion for leave to appeal. Oral argument occurred on May 19, 2015. See “Lights/Ultra Lights” Cases - The Price Case below for a discussion of developments in Price.

As of July 24, 2015, 81 state and federal Engle progeny cases involving PM USA have resulted in verdicts since the Florida Supreme Court’s Engle decision as follows: 43 verdicts were returned in favor of plaintiffs; 36 verdicts were returned in favor of PM USA; and two verdicts that were initially returned in favor of plaintiffs were reversed on appeal and remain pending. See Smoking and Health Litigation - Engle Progeny Trial Court Results below for a discussion of these verdicts.

Judgments Paid and Provisions for Tobacco and Health Litigation Items (Including Engle Progeny Litigation)

After exhausting all appeals in those cases resulting in adverse verdicts associated with tobacco-related litigation, since October 2004, PM USA has paid in the aggregate judgments (and related costs and fees) totaling approximately $276 million and interest totaling approximately $144 million as of July 24, 2015. These amounts include payments for Engle progeny judgments (and related costs and fees) totaling approximately $19 million and interest totaling approximately $3 million.

The changes in Altria Group, Inc.’s accrued liability for tobacco and health litigation items, including related interest costs, for the periods specified below were as follows:
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
(in millions)
Accrued liability for tobacco and health litigation items at beginning of period
$
39

 
$
3

 
 
$
77

 
$
7

Pre-tax charges for:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tobacco and health judgments
5

 
3

 
 
5

 

Related interest costs

 
1

 
 

 

Tentative agreement to resolve federal Engle progeny cases
43

 

 
 

 

Implementation of corrective communications remedy pursuant to the federal government’s lawsuit

 
31

 
 

 
31

Payments
(10
)
 
(4
)
 
 
(5
)
 
(4
)
Accrued liability for tobacco and health litigation items at end of period
$
77

 
$
34

 
 
$
77

 
$
34


The accrued liability for tobacco and health litigation items, including related interest costs, was included in liabilities on Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated balance sheets. Pre-tax charges for tobacco and health judgments, the tentative agreement to resolve federal Engle progeny cases (discussed below under “Tentative Agreement to Resolve Federal Engle Progeny Cases”) and corrective communications were included in marketing, administration and research costs on Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated statements of earnings. Pre-tax charges for related interest costs were included in interest and other debt expense, net on Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated statements of earnings.


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Security for Judgments

To obtain stays of judgments pending current appeals, as of June 30, 2015, PM USA has posted various forms of security totaling approximately $64 million, the majority of which has been collateralized with cash deposits that are included in other assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

Smoking and Health Litigation

Overview

Plaintiffs’ allegations of liability in smoking and health cases are based on various theories of recovery, including negligence, gross negligence, strict liability, fraud, misrepresentation, design defect, failure to warn, nuisance, breach of express and implied warranties, breach of special duty, conspiracy, concert of action, violations of deceptive trade practice laws and consumer protection statutes, and claims under the federal and state anti-racketeering statutes. Plaintiffs in the smoking and health cases seek various forms of relief, including compensatory and punitive damages, treble/multiple damages and other statutory damages and penalties, creation of medical monitoring and smoking cessation funds, disgorgement of profits, and injunctive and equitable relief. Defenses raised in these cases include lack of proximate cause, assumption of the risk, comparative fault and/or contributory negligence, statutes of limitations and preemption by the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act.

Non-Engle Progeny Litigation

Summarized below are the non-Engle progeny smoking and health cases pending during 2015 in which verdicts were returned in favor of plaintiffs and against PM USA. Charts listing the verdicts for plaintiffs in the Engle progeny cases can be found in Smoking and Health Litigation - Engle Progeny Trial Results below.

Schwarz: In March 2002, an Oregon jury awarded $168,500 in compensatory damages and $150 million in punitive damages against PM USA. In May 2002, the trial court reduced the punitive damages award to $100 million. In May 2006, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the compensatory damages verdict, reversed the award of punitive damages and remanded the case to the trial court for a second trial to determine the amount of punitive damages, if any. In June 2006, plaintiff petitioned the Oregon Supreme Court to review the portion of the court of appeals’ decision reversing and remanding the case for a new trial on punitive damages. In June 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals’ decision and remanded the case to the trial court for a new trial limited to the question of punitive damages. In December 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed its earlier ruling and awarded PM USA approximately $500,000 in costs. In March 2011, PM USA filed a claim against the plaintiff for its costs and disbursements on appeal, plus interest. Trial on the amount of punitive damages began in January 2012. In February 2012, the jury awarded plaintiff $25 million in punitive damages. In September 2012, PM USA filed a notice of appeal from the trial court’s judgment with the Oregon Court of Appeals. On July 15, 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment in favor of plaintiff.

Federal Government’s Lawsuit: See Health Care Cost Recovery Litigation - Federal Government’s Lawsuit below for a discussion of the verdict and post-trial developments in the United States of America healthcare cost recovery case.

Engle Class Action

In July 2000, in the second phase of the Engle smoking and health class action in Florida, a jury returned a verdict assessing punitive damages totaling approximately $145 billion against various defendants, including $74 billion against PM USA. Following entry of judgment, PM USA appealed.

In May 2001, the trial court approved a stipulation providing that execution of the punitive damages component of the Engle judgment will remain stayed against PM USA and the other participating defendants through the completion of all judicial review. As a result of the stipulation, PM USA placed $500 million into an interest-bearing escrow account that, regardless of the outcome of the judicial review, was to be paid to the court and the court was to determine how to allocate or distribute it consistent with Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. In May 2003, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal reversed the judgment entered by the trial court and instructed the trial court to order the decertification of the class. Plaintiffs petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for further review.

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In July 2006, the Florida Supreme Court ordered that the punitive damages award be vacated, that the class approved by the trial court be decertified and that members of the decertified class could file individual actions against defendants within one year of issuance of the mandate. The court further declared the following Phase I findings are entitled to res judicata effect in such individual actions brought within one year of the issuance of the mandate: (i) that smoking causes various diseases; (ii) that nicotine in cigarettes is addictive; (iii) that defendants’ cigarettes were defective and unreasonably dangerous; (iv) that defendants concealed or omitted material information not otherwise known or available knowing that the material was false or misleading or failed to disclose a material fact concerning the health effects or addictive nature of smoking; (v) that defendants agreed to misrepresent information regarding the health effects or addictive nature of cigarettes with the intention of causing the public to rely on this information to their detriment; (vi) that defendants agreed to conceal or omit information regarding the health effects of cigarettes or their addictive nature with the intention that smokers would rely on the information to their detriment; (vii) that all defendants sold or supplied cigarettes that were defective; and (viii) that defendants were negligent. The court also reinstated compensatory damages awards totaling approximately $6.9 million to two individual plaintiffs and found that a third plaintiff’s claim was barred by the statute of limitations. In February 2008, PM USA paid approximately $3 million, representing its share of compensatory damages and interest, to the two individual plaintiffs identified in the Florida Supreme Court’s order.

In August 2006, PM USA sought rehearing from the Florida Supreme Court on parts of its July 2006 opinion, including the ruling (described above) that certain jury findings have res judicata effect in subsequent individual trials timely brought by Engle class members. The rehearing motion also asked, among other things, that legal errors that were raised but not expressly ruled upon in the Florida Third District Court of Appeal or in the Florida Supreme Court now be addressed. Plaintiffs also filed a motion for rehearing in August 2006 seeking clarification of the applicability of the statute of limitations to non-members of the decertified class. In December 2006, the Florida Supreme Court refused to revise its July 2006 ruling, except that it revised the set of Phase I findings entitled to res judicata effect by excluding finding (v) listed above (relating to agreement to misrepresent information), and added the finding that defendants sold or supplied cigarettes that, at the time of sale or supply, did not conform to the representations of fact made by defendants. In January 2007, the Florida Supreme Court issued the mandate from its revised opinion. Defendants then filed a motion with the Florida Third District Court of Appeal requesting that the court address legal errors that were previously raised by defendants but have not yet been addressed either by the Florida Third District Court of Appeal or by the Florida Supreme Court. In February 2007, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal denied defendants’ motion. In May 2007, defendants’ motion for a partial stay of the mandate pending the completion of appellate review was denied by the Florida Third District Court of Appeal. In May 2007, defendants filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court, which the United States Supreme Court denied later in 2007.

In February 2008, the trial court decertified the class, except for purposes of the May 2001 bond stipulation, and formally vacated the punitive damages award pursuant to the Florida Supreme Court’s mandate. In April 2008, the trial court ruled that certain defendants, including PM USA, lacked standing with respect to allocation of the funds escrowed under the May 2001 bond stipulation and would receive no credit at that time from the $500 million paid by PM USA against any future punitive damages awards in cases brought by former Engle class members.

In May 2008, the trial court, among other things, decertified the limited class maintained for purposes of the May 2001 bond stipulation and, in July 2008, severed the remaining plaintiffs’ claims except for those of Howard Engle. The only remaining plaintiff in the Engle case, Howard Engle, voluntarily dismissed his claims with prejudice.

Engle Progeny Cases

The deadline for filing Engle progeny cases, as required by the Florida Supreme Court’s Engle decision, expired in January 2008. As of July 24, 2015, approximately 3,125 state court cases were pending against PM USA or Altria Group, Inc. asserting individual claims by or on behalf of approximately 4,100 state court plaintiffs.  Furthermore, as of July 24, 2015, approximately 425 cases were pending against PM USA in federal district court asserting individual claims by or on behalf of a similar number of federal court plaintiffs. Most of these federal cases are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Moreover, most of these federal cases are subject to resolution pursuant to the agreement described below under Tentative Agreement to Resolve Federal Engle Progeny Cases. Because of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, docketing delays, duplicated filings and overlapping dismissal orders, these numbers are estimates.


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In July 2013, the district court issued an order transferring, for case management purposes, all the Middle District of Florida Engle progeny cases to a judge presiding in the District of Massachusetts. The order directed that the cases will remain in the Middle District of Florida and that such judge will be designated a judge of that district for purposes of managing the cases. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed a significant number of cases, of which approximately 750 were appealed by plaintiffs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In September 2014, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed those dismissals.

Tentative Agreement to Resolve Federal Engle Progeny Cases

In February 2015, PM USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (“R.J. Reynolds”) and Lorillard Tobacco Company (“Lorillard”) reached a tentative agreement to resolve approximately 415 pending federal Engle progeny cases (the “Federal Engle Agreement”). Under the terms of the Federal Engle Agreement, PM USA paid into escrow approximately $43 million in March 2015, which was included in other current assets on Altria Group, Inc.’s condensed consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2015. PM USA recorded a pre-tax provision of approximately $43 million in the first quarter of 2015. Federal cases that were in trial as of February 25, 2015 and those that have previously reached final verdict are not included in the Federal Engle Agreement. Engle progeny lawsuits pending in Florida state courts are also not part of the Federal Engle Agreement. The Federal Engle Agreement is conditioned on approval by all federal court plaintiffs in the cases resolved by the Federal Engle Agreement or as the parties otherwise agree. In February 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida issued an order staying all upcoming federal trials pending final approval of the Federal Engle Agreement and, on May 11, 2015, approved the plaintiffs’ proposed plan for distribution among the plaintiffs of the amount in escrow.

Engle Progeny Trial Results

As of July 24, 2015, 81 federal and state Engle progeny cases involving PM USA have resulted in verdicts since the Florida Supreme Court Engle decision. Forty-three verdicts were returned in favor of plaintiffs and two verdicts (Graham and Skolnick) that were initially returned in favor of plaintiffs were reversed on appeal and remain pending.

Thirty-six verdicts were returned in favor of PM USA, of which 27 were state cases (Gelep, Kalyvas, Gil de Rubio, Warrick, Willis, Russo (formerly Frazier), C. Campbell, Rohr, Espinosa, Oliva, Weingart, Junious, Szymanski, Hancock, D. Cohen, LaMotte, J. Campbell, Dombey, Haldeman, Blasco, Gonzalez, Banks, Surico, Baum, Bishop, Vila and McMannis) and 9 were federal cases (Gollihue, McCray, Denton, Wilder, Jacobson, Reider, Davis, Starbuck and Sowers). In addition, there have been a number of mistrials, only some of which have resulted in new trials as of July 24, 2015. The juries in the Reider and Banks cases returned zero damages verdicts in favor of PM USA. The juries in the Weingart and Hancock cases returned verdicts against PM USA awarding no damages, but the trial court in each case granted an additur. In the Russo case (formerly Frazier), however, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal reversed the judgment in defendants’ favor in April 2012 and remanded the case for a new trial. Defendants sought review of the case in the Florida Supreme Court, which was granted in September 2013. In April 2015, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the reversal, rejecting defendants’ argument that the statute of repose applies to fraud and conspiracy claims in Engle progeny cases, and defendants moved for a rehearing in the Florida Supreme Court. In the trial court, the case was retried and, on April 23, 2015, the jury returned a verdict in favor of defendants.
 
The charts below list the verdicts and post-trial developments in certain Engle progeny cases in which verdicts were returned in favor of plaintiffs (including Hancock, where the verdict originally was returned in favor of PM USA). The first chart lists such cases that are pending as of July 24, 2015; the second chart lists such cases that were pending within the previous 12 months, but that are now concluded.

Currently-Pending Cases
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Plaintiff: Merino
Date:     July 2015

Verdict:
On July 23, 2015, a Miami-Dade County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA awarding $8 million in compensatory damages and $6.5 million in punitive damages. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Plaintiff: McCoy
Date:     July 2015

Verdict:
On July 17, 2015, a Broward County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard awarding $1.5 million in compensatory damages (to be divided among the defendants) and $3 million in punitive damages against each defendant. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Plaintiff: M. Brown
Date:     May 2015

Verdict:
On May 1, 2015, a Duval County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA in a partial retrial. In 2013, a jury returned a partial verdict against PM USA, but was deadlocked as to (i) the amount of compensatory damages, (ii) whether punitive damages should be awarded and, if so, (iii) the amount of punitive damages. In the partial retrial, the jury was asked to address these issues. On May 1, 2015, the jury awarded $6.375 million in compensatory damages, but did not award any punitive damages.

Post-Trial Developments:
On May 5, 2015, the trial court entered final judgment in favor of plaintiff and, on May 7, 2015, PM USA posted a bond in the amount of $5 million. On May 18, 2015, PM USA filed post-trial motions, including a motion to set aside the verdict and for a new trial. On May 19, 2015, PM USA filed a notice of appeal to the Florida First District Court of Appeal. On June 2, 2015, the Florida First District Court of Appeal stayed the appeal until the trial court disposes of the post-trial motions.
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Plaintiff: Gore
Date:     March 2015

Verdict:
An Indian River County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA and R.J. Reynolds awarding $2 million in compensatory damages and allocating 23% of the fault to PM USA (an amount of $460,000).

Post-Trial Developments:
In April 2015, defendants filed post-trial motions, including motions to set aside the verdict and for a new trial.
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Plaintiff: Pollari
Date:     March 2015

Verdict:
A Broward County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA and R.J. Reynolds awarding $10 million in compensatory damages (to be divided equally between the defendants) and $1.5 million in punitive damages against each defendant.

Post-Trial Developments:
In April 2015, PM USA filed post-trial motions, including motions to set aside the verdict and for a new trial.
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Plaintiff: Zamboni
Date:     February 2015

Verdict:
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA and R.J. Reynolds awarding $340,000 in compensatory damages and allocating 10% of the fault to PM USA (an amount of $34,000).

Post-Trial Developments:
In April 2015, PM USA and R.J. Reynolds filed a motion for judgment in defendants’ favor in accordance with the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Graham. On June 4, 2015, the trial court stayed the case pending the Eleventh Circuit’s final disposition

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in the Graham case, discussed below.
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Plaintiff: Caprio
Date:     February 2015

Verdict:
A Broward County jury returned a partial verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Liggett Group LLC (“Liggett Group”). The jury found against defendants on class membership, allocating 25% of the fault to PM USA. The jury also found $559,172 in economic damages. The jury deadlocked with respect to the intentional torts, certain elements of compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Post-Trial Developments:
In March 2015, PM USA filed post-trial motions, including motions to set aside the partial verdict and for a new trial, which the court denied on May 7, 2015. On May 26, 2015, defendants filed a notice of appeal to the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.
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Plaintiff: McKeever
Date:     February 2015

Verdict:
A Broward County jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA awarding approximately $5.8 million in compensatory damages and allocating 60% of the fault to PM USA. The jury also awarded plaintiff approximately $11.63 million in punitive damages. However, the jury found in favor of PM USA on the statute of repose defense to plaintiff’s intentional tort and punitive damages claims.
 
Post-Trial Developments:
In March 2015, PM USA filed various post-trial motions, including motions to set aside the verdict and motions for a new trial. In April 2015, the trial court entered final judgment ignoring the jury’s finding on the statute of repose defense and awarded plaintiff the full amount of compensatory and punitive damage for a total of $17.4 million. On June 5, 2015, the trial court denied PM USA’s post-trial motions and, on June 17, 2015, PM USA posted a bond in the amount of $5 million. PM USA filed a notice of appeal to the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal on June 25, 2015.
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Plaintiff: D. Brown
Date:     January 2015

Verdict:
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida returned a verdict against PM USA awarding plaintiff approximately $8.3 million in compensatory damages and $9 million in punitive damages.

Post-Trial Developments:
In February 2015, the trial court entered final judgment. In March 2015, PM USA filed various post-trial motions, including motions to alter or amend the judgment and for a new trial or, in the alternative, remittitur of the damages awards, all of which the court denied on June 18, 2015. On July 15, 2015, PM USA filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
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Plaintiff: Allen
Date:     November 2014

Verdict:
A Duval County jury returned a verdict against PM USA and R.J. Reynolds awarding plaintiff approximately $3.1 million in compensatory damages and allocating 6% of the fault to PM USA. The jury also awarded approximately $7.76 million in punitive damages against each defendant. This was a retrial of a 2011 trial that awarded plaintiff $6 million in compensatory damages and $17 million in punitive damages against each defendant.

Post-Trial Developments:
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new trial, which the the court denied on July 21, 2015.
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Plaintiff: Perrotto
Date:     November 2014

Verdict:
A Palm Beach County jury returned a verdict against PM USA, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Liggett Group awarding plaintiff approximately $4.1 million in compensatory damages and allocating 25% of the fault to PM USA (an amount of approximately $1.02 million).

Post-Trial Developments:
In December 2014, the court entered final judgment and plaintiff filed a motion for a new trial. In addition, in December 2014, defendants filed various post-trial motions, including motions to set aside the verdict and motions for a new trial.
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Plaintiff: Boatright
Date:     November 2014

Verdict:
A Polk County jury returned a verdict against PM USA and Liggett Group awarding plaintiff $15 million in compensatory damages and allocating 85% of the fault to PM USA (an amount of $12.75 million). In addition, in November 2014, the jury awarded plaintiff approximately $19.7 million in punitive damages against PM USA and $300,000 in punitive damages against Liggett Group.

Post-Trial Developments:
In November 2014, PM USA filed various post-trial motions and, in January 2015, the court denied PM USA’s motions for a new trial and for remittitur, but agreed to reduce the compensatory damages award by the jury’s assessment of comparative fault. In February 2015, defendants filed a notice of appeal to the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and PM USA posted a bond in the amount of $3.98 million.
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Plaintiff: Kerrivan
Date:     October 2014

Verdict:
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida returned a verdict against PM USA and R.J. Reynolds awarding plaintiff $15.8 million in compensatory damages and allocating 50% of the fault to PM USA. The jury also awarded plaintiff $25.3 million in punitive damages and allocated $15.7 million to PM USA.

Post-Trial Developments:
The trial court entered final judgment awarding plaintiff $15.8 million in compensatory damages and $25.3 million in punitive damages. In December 2014, defendants filed various post-trial motions, including a renewed motion for judgment or for a new trial. Plaintiff agreed to waive the bond for the appeal. On May 18, 2015, the trial court deferred further briefing on the post-trial motions pending the Eleventh Circuit’s final disposition in the Graham and Searcy cases, discussed below.
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Plaintiff: Lourie
Date:     October 2014

Verdict:
A Hillsborough County jury returned a verdict against PM USA, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard awarding plaintiff approximately $1.37 million in compensatory damages and allocating 27% of the fault to PM USA (an amount of approximately $370,000).

Post-Trial Developments:
In October 2014, defendants filed a motion for judgment and a motion for a new trial. In November 2014, the court denied defendants’ post-trial motions and entered final judgment. Later in November 2014, defendants filed a notice of appeal to the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, and PM USA posted a bond in the amount of $370,318.

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Plaintiff: Berger
Date:     September 2014

Verdict:
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida returned a verdict against PM USA awarding plaintiff $6.25 million in compensatory damages and $20.76 million in punitive damages.

Post-Trial Developments:
The court entered final judgment against PM USA in September 2014. In October 2014, plaintiff agreed to waive bond for appeal. Also in October 2014, PM USA filed a motion for a new trial or, in the alternative, remittitur of the jury’s damages awards. On April 23, 2015, the trial court granted PM USA’s post-verdict motion in part and vacated the punitive damages award. With respect to the compensatory damages award, the court stayed the judgment pending the Eleventh Circuit’s final disposition in the Graham case, discussed below. On May 21, 2015, plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration of the order on the post-verdict motion.
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Plaintiff: Harris
Date:    July 2014

Verdict:
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard awarding approximately $1.73 million in compensatory damages and allocating 15% of the fault to PM USA.

Post-Trial Developments:
Defendants filed motions for a defense verdict because the jury’s findings indicated that plaintiff was not a member of the Engle class. In December 2014, the court entered final judgment in favor of plaintiff and, in January 2015, defendants filed a renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law or, in the alternative, a motion for a new trial. Defendants also filed a motion to alter or amend the final judgment. On April 30, 2015, the trial court stayed the post-trial proceedings pending the Eleventh Circuit’s final disposition in the Graham case, discussed below.
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Plaintiff: Griffin
Date:    June 2014

Verdict:
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff and against PM USA awarding approximately $1.27 million in compensatory damages and allocating 50% of the fault to PM USA (an amount of approximately $630,000).

Post-Trial Developments:
The court entered final judgment against PM USA in July 2014. In August 2014, PM USA filed a motion to amend the judgment to reduce plaintiff’s damages by the amount paid by collateral sources, which the court denied in September 2014. In October 2014, PM USA posted a bond in the amount