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Philip Morris International (PM)

Participants
Nicholas Rolli VP, IR and Financial Communications
Martin King CFO
Judy Hong Goldman Sachs
Michael Lavery Piper Jaffray
Adam Spielman Citigroup Inc
Bonnie Herzog Wells Fargo Securities
Vivien Azer Cowen and Company, LLC
Jonathan Leinster Berenberg
Chris Growe Stifel Financial Corp
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Philip Morris International First Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. Today's call is scheduled to last about one hour including remarks by Philip Morris International management and the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]. Media representatives on the call will also be invited to ask questions at the conclusion of questions from the investment community. I will now turn the call over to Mr. of and President Communications. Vice Rolli, Investor Financial Relations Nick Please sir. go ahead,

Nicholas Rolli

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Martin King

Thank ladies you, and welcome, Nick, and gentlemen.

prevailing exchange earnings reported full-year lower XX%. a to estimated rates, $X.XX. this range at effective share increasing by to our a of approximately per we rate guidance, are As reflects XXXX $X.XX $X.XX tax morning, diluted announced change The of

Our guidance prevailing includes $X.XX of currency, rates. exchange at favorable

guidance XXXX. of a in to our driven reduction main to X% approximately effective our to in XXXX previously EPS $X.XX the adjusted had rate estimated Excluding growth is XX%, rate represents two The communicated, diluted XX% approximately that for XX% currency, our of versus factors. by we compared tax

provisions regulations caveat estimates I current interpretation capital First, to current further rates the limitations reflects related clarifications further It Tax a of foreign this interpretation which that analysis and which also must of second, credit our may the the foreign of income revised law, tax and reflects change our primarily earnings. as by as Income Intangible and and the tax available. foreign earnings the Jobs well taxing due , new change. become change tax assumptions current Cuts of Act; tax regarding our Global and Taxed mix in Act may Low structure, to also to estimate due as mix jurisdiction,

three caution the my Japan slower-than-initially-projected increases year encouraging; namely; timing the I some incorporates remarks year quarter. later more RRP over to the the price the also guidance related in Russia, revised in evolution been of elements category detail balance Our of of in of cover although has during the in the will which start growth

as and our recovery pace now conservative estimated the volume category year, strata XXXX who we rate socio-economic phenomenal of adoption; and GCC, this the and but with will our dynamics of how benefit slower share of adult are particularly to the have different full year of the slightly evolution, tax related reaching lower market through unfolds. the monitor industry passed cigarette we progress patterns initiatives early of smokers these in not have we Given may at Consequently, the guidance Arabia. the more stage Saudi our

currency-neutral Our around net of revised guidance revenue X%. growth reflects

three the Turning across full-year market cigarette volume Asia February. previously for in Region; notably The to decline, RRP for principally volume tobacco tax-driven the and expensed entirely with income results, decrease, André primarily to million was excluding our by net devices and Smoke-Free Saudi and of Adjusted heated a South quarter. contribution which IQOS of all combustible mainly as and in $XX GCC, units our Arabia; revenue $X.XX the impact of X.X%, by higher Adjusted EU of declined Latin Canada. the outlined as and IQOS coupled X.X%, share across higher portfolio corresponding to industry first-quarter by call the America investments, we Regions, down-trading in year-end in our favorable for markets, during currency-neutral our Southeast and growth operating due driven currency, higher declined excluding World, X%, of EPS well related which following XXXX recorded factors, our first pricing $X.XX the diluted tobacco currency. the Foundation strong

Russia, came and the Combined unit of strong certain investments. Korea. Saudi in volume, Nevertheless, our in in or primarily volume and in unchanged. RRPs heated Japan in as our XXXX February. estimated EPS $X.XX Arabia, business rate, as behind principally million the heated net this declined performance, offset movements, volume, due helped strong $XXX the that projection by excluding in cigarette and to RRP inventory tobacco The of we above by by diluted quarter particularly investment by in timing decline and cigarette the Saudi Underpinned tobacco growth result quarter, Japan better-than-anticipated remains X.X%, the incremental by was reported tax well $X.XX shipment lower effective in Arabia. notably partly in forecast approximately first lower X.X% of Japan, Our unit industry was provided

in to X%, Instead, on we the In XX% geographies. is, unit growing category, lifted X%, Japan, the to they across these least For category, consumers, X% groups during chart. overrepresented in continue particular, compared device same shipment tobacco with on sales the in combined pace larger our expectations. ambitious This is represents smoker volume rapidly especially shown "Innovators" the we to were of and first they more basis. earlier IQOS however, are are decline the more groups, are and to general, initially, anticipated, phenomenal This had in especially was of we a observed, we the new volume are of this product reaching Japan. are "Laggard" Heated than decline which industry awareness size. In relatively Majority" given at XX be the the slower less "Late likely launched in their device anticipate adult population. of any IQOS segment, than XXXX. smoker RRPs, IQOS' age and full-year, common quarter to due restriction that that Adopters" still the of of and, year plus likely an display, in the to growth that consumers is and We availability conservative RRP a fact "Early approximately increased the which importantly, volume around limited entering slower in total the speed sales to

terms loyalty competition specifically intensifies. programs the We users of are parallel, therefore to timing, of existing as address the needs adult content of strengthening for IQOS commercial these in In we communication our plans our intensity and smokers. adjusting are

XX%, However, total estimated cautiously quarter tobacco IQOS we revised the record which shipment Japan share this reflected and in may is brand. undisputed tobacco category strong our our icon heated continued an full-year in at affect the unit temporary guidance. volume, dynamic to in heated have growth it RRP

of competitive to by "Early the been availability has and This IQOS products certain users fact, been naturally RRP has the Adopters" there increased, device especially sales due In as products. has competitive IQOS "Innovators" also with restriction. experimentation

an particularly of competitive This converted switch X% to IQOS users estimated and IQOS, only testament a to positioning fully its given potential. However, is remarkable, the of is products. these premium

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which basis, income, a on was investments. XX.X% by operating currency-neutral declined impacted incremental adjusted RRP Regional expected, heavily As by

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after While welcome pricing environment particularly in development, this remains a the a the July. watch-out, excise scheduled tax increase is

pressure remains Turning industry following tax-driven to considerable increases. June excise Saudi volume price the XXXX Arabia, cigarette under

increase further impacted January. volume over First-quarter industry VAT-driven by declined in and by XX% was a price

share a XXXX market largely down-trading industry been impact cigarette vis-à-vis have the in declined decline price given moderation of XX.X our portfolio industry-wide lapped. the the We cigarette June when increases points, the reflecting the premium the competitors. year, the increases of of price Our anticipate following half in significant volume second by positioning

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as lighter-tasting Black, industry continued quarter points the X.X driven For by to year, performance increased Sam share Sam a Dji extension of the market Marlboro X% Soe decline we from drove family, Filter launched further by Philippines, the in Cigarette brand anticipate tax-driven increases Soe growth an in as the XX.X%, X%. in Magnum quarter. In well Mild, Dji kretek of machine-made the the profit price to to strong excise XXXX. line May

We Marlboro also recorded and Fortune. led growth, share market by strong

Marlboro's in its following We price are by performance pleased increase XXXX. particularly December

first We in strong Japan. HeatSticks continue for growth sequential this XXXX, to to quarter, the now will versus in of This I turn profit quarters X.X growth continued a of outlook by trend their encouraged XX.X%. very share beginning the the market. of respectively. performance be important in IQOS, national X.X and growth points the represents of reaching and market first points fourth

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observing supporting seen the paying chart, a off. cities. trends shares offtake in markets category investments more our our combustible are we coupled growth targeted increasingly in that cash confidence anticipated behind similar gives heated this with of tobacco generation strong of As that further us tobacco the portfolio, with key on focus number are limited IQOS of our within strength RRP remain launch area brands, is enduring The XXXX. our This

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have RRP Importantly, quarter by to lower the confirmed with rating, first in forecast February both rate delta and recently our In our tax and mainly certain its the "negative" from expected, our of driven conclusion, came revising than better S&P effective with S&P Moody's to compared results timing investments. outlook a "stable."

range our to the earnings share our cash across recording to continues growth while strong sequential parallel, invest contributing strong lion's and portfolio a pricing, apply learnings In flow. of launch wide ability tobacco is combustible of and quarterly share IQOS markets, leading Our demonstrating geographies. effectively support in

our for outlook full-year remains strong. the Finally, business

Thank Our diluted to guidance adjusted of X% XX%, rate I to increased to XXXX excluding answer of per happy share earnings XXXX. am reflects per $X.XX currency, share questions. now you. compared approximately a earnings growth in your

Operator

Instructions]. [Operator you. Thank

Hong comes of line the of Judy question from first Our Goldman Sachs.

Judy Hong

hi everyone. you, Thank

had I out of in Martin played just trends a terms few quarter. the the questions So IQOS how in

much last CAGNY sales I the like higher developed quarterly because is trends how number sounded and Japan for versus this in in expectations actually IQOS your that something two just did strong, market were you first think in months share average. than that So, device it lower come had is January the was pretty

observed this last and in something the terms two is device months? curious So, sales the just of situation then if have you in

Martin King

quite in out devices surge met And substantial production. for because than ship having to ramped you additional when to the as Yes, we the that we were market able we our that up second from we we additional we to did Judy you recall supplier were market and realized. And anticipating closer about a with had talking short units devices the sent HeatStick end additional we the had of be meet know if year mentioned call we that turned inventory it had demand some were expecting the were Japan as to time. we

year early innovators. some that would close later that we plateau We sort in in a the than It coming hit consumer isn’t and earlier are the a the this of adopters and knew year bit we dynamics given foreseen, reach what that had is saturating we to anticipating unusual. the just we

resume it always at almost those products to dynamics surging looked there and rates. a we you other enter new one then launches think plateaus and new other And at categories, points. tends growth we trends in adoption situations, as and periods have is and We some get are you and some new it of successful of bit where consumer then

are adjust going our plans. we to Now obviously

a pull the are adjust we may good to long going in rates we able the better it and or to in to earlier bit may this consumers persist how forward need it last year very know that Japan to -- we these be a quickly messaging don’t initiatives growth throughout our will and have We resume fairly we may year. bit plateau

we going as addressing And we're year. team that It's how the the And is that's headquarters Japan. experience Japan reserve in issues that to So for and some backed us a putting here from got in region have account the in us great some to see up folks the consumer these these in Saudi the pricing. to well still together a this terrific for benefits of in goes it for by box days tax early group prudent it was as to here. Russia address the the for thought tool segments. We've other

a So absolutely optimistic period uninterrupted just continue had mean year growth and about at Japan. that would short is bit issue to and ahead. I is torrid to adjust such this a quite We we in in share little would that's It there we an there. a actually of hoped. a And what approach XX% the I'm we're little consumers coming than go pace tremendous was some whether hit growth of reach -- we need about or which sorry points manner in phenomenal. whether had of earlier time bit different just

Judy Hong

No, sorry. ahead go

Martin King

You for of XX.X had mentioned we at the last quarter shares, year the are four XX.X. versus quarter the

you noise they are data shares inventory mentioned on looking focusing on as the there given share I more in and which from some We're a exchange companies were at retail. think shift because based the different XX.X. those quarterly that always market there's CAGNY was at in from bit of to of shares you probably impacts January there sometimes

look the of that XX.X reversing estimated then how you of because of good December If from is shares probably so We to the end you coming we're devices consumers we project month devices overstated reserving say indicator can of rather little surge was see the HeatStick measured had for growth, deal flagged competitors from cautious for the rest QX But XX.X, that don't effect. year-end likely consumers was seeing last good they being at what a trend the than we're inventory growth, the had sales if bit speed the a therefore big March to and new end the last to of forward Japan and good in optimistically that. offtake. than and and number January our was new due of quarter up the we're in that versus look What so it at the percent XX.X numbers. quarter come probably therefore understated really are isn't that came this the and device What you little first as some quarter still XX.X in a ammunition of flagging of sales in surge a see little we a get still by a buy demand in year at December flagging have in is in-market as at be it uptake at a our we're to really of which quickly we're some don't call year quarter so just there we in increases with lower lagging seeing pent to category. the

Judy Hong

the just though IQOS number the a shipment in-market versus clarify then and fourth because sort share the there quarter, I bigger in number of particularly was if market seems over the last in between sales number. year versus the of shipment like Okay, it can distortion

volume of little that's do still about the in also the then conservative as transit a bit consumers How inventory you or XXXX? think channel. probably adoption the somewhere about of about accounting you think think in this in slower you big kind that you as So have and for shipment more

Martin King

and bit a me little what said to setup go previously Okay, what the so back little a of bit was. let remind we

is were So last were and think we called catching we for able an we also the were we HeatSticks -- we only still no appropriate year year QX bit start that actually in up in and on year almost with QX out and inventory to in because thought started building the inventory Japan. what behind we what a later we

we that billion said the of year full built as we've inventory recall X.X If company for of you conventional cigarettes. net a

while obviously we of same heated reducing the Japan time tobacco cigarette inventory. for in So appropriate were our inventory units at providing conventional an

relying of out the to and were called of X.X at year. time had course one we shipments were primarily shifting that from still same factory. air the we were total in we fourth throughout billion the relying was a sea quarter shipments. X on So are and We the And still

some the meet potential forth to bottleneck the needed to anticipating second we new deal were the also year. so we the which any have stock HeatSticks device had half and volume with disruptions to So and safety of become by

say in So the year heated I was inventory clear we were for for build-up our pretty to think Japan. that of numbers tobacco within a last units

we got the Now for inventory. reverse we it of year we've inventory, this excess to point expect don't from have that that view

any an and have the guard We from to chain a inventory and and to a Japan. supply a rapidly XXXX in growing factory. on product stable HeatSticks But that's long that's you pretty inventory shipments single relatively against appropriate chain for for appropriate see disruptions and see we've supply focused young relatively still category will appropriate possible for gone

the in will the variance is difference in we'll inventory in XXXX call XXXX. out inventory variance was You'll see a be which that build comparisons on lower build than where year-over-year obviously

you the within year. been year the as of was the with on the reading arrived this Japanese government I the is primarily and the keep last to in takes sea from January-February in think eight recorded shipping of Japan ships quarter product having of a And six in I there's ships back shipments when you out in as to and quarter and of quarter to have water so get it sales IMS So when data think been also Japan. mind to maybe Europe that that bit fact also it fourth weeks on some mistaking it only revenue by we're people to that to confusion water have it import in

and source So sales shipments. on reading our of difference confusion that between is in-market the another our perhaps

Judy Hong

Got it, Thank okay. you.

Martin King

thanks Okay, Judy.

Operator

Our Lavery the of Jaffray. next question from comes Michael Piper of line

Michael Lavery

and you -- of Good changed it's as that's updated about what have must Saudi your your updated talk morning. seems though now -- as issues point Those for new Russia what revenue worse, Arabia. aren't just Can gotten in but a it bit outlook? to you little would they part

Martin King

sure. Okay,

So for year increase pass we a situation of tax Russia and pricing only have in which the it's year the to we more have per still that a comes July go pack. this with left lot on still the of Roubles situation a which is five

months lower last it's was it six than year but So coming it's later.

whole is Russia So unfolding. in still the pricing situation

is the long and pricing because situation The actually first happens, Russia reaches the declared there. its there quarter retail when that new then Russia way the to pretty the when way We're market. works But is be quite track, actually big a in it good. in and timing price no it has between through inventory of there's at production where we announced the came have is news on in

now So the development. time to still watching is we are there about. of big and we time to as the end between tax caution just really long it not come a with and the having and something new called retail, the that and a concerned such still pricing out the But a year

That's increases. so normal new of or lagging On skirmishes the not the have volume it's really way impacts up VAT. we're effect it's price others always in are. usual the SKUs the a these competition certain and now by in quite perhaps coming seeing from Saudi huge had story that another just We where full not I the news. of in price increase driven price You January think

a we were range. in market Saudi QX, QX actually XX% in recover sequentially to Our market share less In starting the share is or more bit.

recovery So more while lower in last volume QX versus watch is QX. it's QX is starting year actually the recover. on is which QX and mode The which was in out still way still in it market is than to down sequentially not

in the are Again so to a it's just expected we of as it's had the to for then the still early seeing but where guidance still from volume we're it situation calling different accounted not share news of than it roll what predict rate some that that we we're to a it's have sure again later. market and recovery year and and very caution. we days dramatically out early and hard make rather it's on total have our want through very numbers So the

Michael Lavery

me So so is I revenue and have been changed in initial by you quarter guidance still I'm Japan? right nothing's it you and the would year just help -- all guess understand this, fourth you're when the gave in reported hearing your earlier updated outlook really driven IQOS

Martin King

way. how It's XX that this to hard to a But the tackle we calling the to develop. going I situation situation just out at Japan I exactly more then What, device range the say XX called worldwide. right out trend probably Japan the the give we for and piece the are don't more from clearly resources and is volume of know the over in information this occurring. mean in the units in tobacco heated newer in in consumer Japan time but tobacco of heated IQOS persists these before. the certainly coming mean that But offtake year had sales anticipating is if point, be we're this different our kind is still cautious volume double dynamic more segments to unit way that's us we're still to of estimates a XX we successful versus anticipating or the will very

Michael Lavery

just twice last something me year's year which thought you was thought saying last like where So, might would the it help different XX be? understand the more XX number were IQOS in quite number is to then be XX. I today XX that you than

Martin King

again I that We connection, get bad Michael. having couldn't repeat Could are you a really that.

Michael Lavery

sorry. Yes,

just I XX be I sticks, saying understood that something year's more about billion XX if thought though? could last been a is So would it still think that you've you it to number now a you like XX a XX right hit like

Martin King

expect we is to be out our than sales. calling in-market am double I what No, more

for in-market to expect doubling. overall in more a this very -- across say I'm Japan. our not coming Russia in good a news very nice you wide well the and if Japan good better which be and doing this some IQOS better chunk obviously And the a last accounting but XX is range. other we was in situation Japan comparing markets last world what developments saw for So probably are heated only the share best a markets less would giving build big have year give range tremendous situation year numbers and of little seeing we XX by the we we're across just to a when growth the stepped EU way if cautious very up from we and tobacco year we're growth sales this and and volume revising more it units. a bit to and or volume estimate inventory for to and persists range But be the our is would the seeing over so But felt cautious of

Michael Lavery

or this out. but evolution you you're can help where model us go just you three, learning you and an do So that's see is going year understand, know how your years four, business and you do quite next in new as this I five two,

gets You we're must this around could what all investor expect for what where have planning and that, some amount us heading? an of

Martin King

model you. about understand don't took you years, I the for asking are it's how a know our connection we I that or very hard something. Michael, to away you sorry is have very that… good I'm do

Michael Lavery

business is if there's are products inherent is your so platform new reduced some different… risk this around a because and uncertainty Yes, how evolving

Martin King

all. question the hear can't I at sorry I'm

know don't you another We I a Michael can call in to the and I come can just get So connection again. maybe bad go you have question. back. can't

Michael Lavery

Yeah some I still and but the if can out, four there's hear heading? three, now one see for doing learning game to evolving. like business two, is what you we're how time maybe end where just what's outlook do try more your Obviously that can years me the you you're

Martin King

our across will entire I not a be building RRP portfolio. Well, new but same doing the we're mean for thing IQOS whole we only category

commitment can risk but substantially entire the company quickly make You We're this reduce centrally combustible building business in heard move as a not we happen. our to infrastructure have products. in our as the markets to investing as just to

we this. are to So very committed

with other as of just quickly we but continues the And platforms our conventional to as not do We extremely this with well. make product other focus. strong IQOS same well abandoning in portfolio time expect these not we're At the keep to growing have happen. a as volume products we IQOS markets

bang good that some also said reduce will right risk a to this modeling lost that on. fund would it our pricing investments for as variance okay. to had difficult. the we're we We've we're as portfolio, forth. transformation uncertainty on is using so conventional as getting to and we getting track some said it it's as we're but the is percent the X% We're which from is year as we're volume good see You for speed combustible that to sure overall prior full we can results We for we're achieve net the volume quarter there we far we're products doing and in in of this, fast first at very the year Asia getting prudent our quarter the pricing in go return first the how fast the on revenues well. combustible and side where in invest at and in back going move make extremely The side markets

you it it modeling at years, as out we'd have model it several a if good figured too. far look to as So like out,

Michael Lavery

So indicate outlook that as right for you hard margin now? to it's as the far

Martin King

right were we a As quarter, margins. the situation saw in drop margin percentage pretty the at look in our outlook, first now far big We down the okay as well four about points.

as RRPs So RRP X% points bit than devices supplier in a impact anticipated. the of that didn't It's and usual. a in of is other the of a first described we as was this that from share expect revenue X the the in shipped what about net disproportionate we that is from had revenues would the you quarter the said percentage so versus it bit to in into it new bit. they let's XX% we partly be out fact around sales things and some above the surge we coming Japan we percentage range, device We around from coming higher Still quickly that that net sell that and strip one about XX%. XX% a first of of we not was About of our out had impact half device is anticipated quarters. that of as revenues just before coming first the devices very devices you're quarter And the by we good I of for of had record which results the we as seeing see way. the the the quarter our that a little ship quite that,

points mean, I about margin of that's the two X% So percentage the volume, impact.

Saudi there and is a big a seeing is area Saudi very you're huge from drag, got that. in You have high coming which margin drag

annual So chunk have the the that's foundation which hit big you million quarter only. then a $XX first and in

-- four that's for together account So this pieces percentage point. those

Canada at you expansion and and Latin markets RRP well. of very and are that margin the that America we look EU good really a those and and that some of other impacted as of lot it's going world. course regions the Southeast we big pieces going on you other then Asia South aren't across lot There a had the in really have into investments If it's of put top but in by

drag new portion you infrastructure the then you and volume. margin which up some which not to it have big a not forward transition, scale a large have is digital it spending on grow a It consumer seen quarter. going the see So build it put transformation. should but in approach volume. that you the of big just volume of scale the A to it of support with when do step Obviously of and see the these of and should pieces all can we the invest as first in and spending -- this investments is continue you the doesn't lot will certain and it's a as and these there pretty making part in there's we together impact but we acquisition

consumer the So the new going ratio the manageable. become forward of while investments, should investments we'll have more to more

got other a The is piece lag. you've

it You something number we in of is your put fairly made quickly consumers. And behind year This approach, need consumers, need big where do digital investments to investments we for we to comes payback need need that the convert EU a investments. also a to example in exactly coaches, we you happen. make not but into gaining the the

a So there's a lag. bit of

of year in up step this some of the next year. half it and this we're most but course seeing year So we'll year payback the of will come that this see second

-- get a the less and in market the next lapped for we're get would volume having coming bit as devices is Saudi You won't have and The will the there the be of the a the we bit those then year on also some because shouldn't fact and have of have base to have be back them some devices drag. a a and pricing the of will year, bit foundation back but normalizes. share in recover our hope be working down, is that results cost we better next market we

you XXXX perspective business. bit on a better margin but certainly be things would put if logic all those together So should that tell you overall also a

Michael Lavery

for your thanks time. Okay,

Operator

Citi. from line Our comes Adam question of of next Spielman the

Adam Spielman

used look I by market you main my a month to of falling used Japan at to it share one Alright, is course. you quick answer E.U. the thank in very you the have to the if also really focus But month Japan the question [indiscernible] you appears sequential but be you get phrase first, and on Judy much. rid the

Nicholas Rolli

Nick. Adam, this is

very We switch phone just you the make if a a different just to have hold switch switch. Gloria second operator connection, can you can please. the the on going just so you us, line to one switch can we're backup bad will to we us

Operator

Certainly.

Adam Spielman

Or you I the email could question.

Martin King

hear want you. it to from We

Adam Spielman

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Nicholas Rolli

Go ahead you. Adam, thank

Adam Spielman

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Martin King

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Adam Spielman

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the accelerate course And you I expect due year run in Thank during share that the expect each you think how it XQ, or in continue, you quarter? that market to rate think dynamic X.X do it continue you. of will to was do X.X XQ.

Martin King

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Adam Spielman

you. Thank

Operator

next Our Fargo. comes Wells Bonnie question of Herzog line from of

Bonnie Herzog

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want that especially ramp terms consumers, just refining the approach, your So what further as up year from conversations the stepped spending, as optimistic progresses you the that in more year to if how expect has could you're of you with you are to you expectations discussed that and met accelerate guys that hear having with I your progresses?

Martin King

more to Obviously good tuned investment future more the in at while the working more the the track. come. expectations, on We're markets. we're products glad fair getting the it, speed execution very is side to works. very put But well. We're learnings developing some you that's the The outside did. of a quarter did pipeline COO, into still what accelerate got have to do to We're is seeing and the meet I'm and already yes, works rate tool better what place. growth growth so behind in at and continue of Well Bonnie in and improved as and structure reality expectations improved very sharing to. across tools for. to amount on sales execution we is our operating Japan from hope new Jacek getting we're we've getting do high HeatStick We and they we're And with forth the boxes new benefits which as focused first the the this more very development that spend well we're new and

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Bonnie Herzog

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Martin King

pricing we on all. our at haven't changed Yeah, for HeatSticks plans

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Bonnie Herzog

innovation new that to wanted final you about me, which No, and to in want circle year selling that back for all you talk at about but as any expect is question into a into not the considering maybe in to the be you that then well market, for baked market just clarify something your factored U.S. volume you quick mentioned is also might just guidance you guidance? the volume I this can't be to HeatSticks are I as your then

Martin King

in I what's really that volume in an number all hesitate I puts this and and for of look is Well, in you a because as a of you guidance will a well by line with immaterial know say know guidance guidance not and say lot is go kind takes. year. to line the U.S.

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Bonnie Herzog

Alright, you. thank

Operator

line of Our Vivien next Cowen. the of question Azer comes from

Martin King

Vivien. Hi

Vivien Azer

Hi, good morning.

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XXXX? So the cadence Thanks. please help the of the understand of us kind growth rest of revenue over course of

Martin King

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Vivien Azer

around two that like confidence in level can you anything next robust of call Geographically quarters? growth that out much supports the more

Martin King

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Vivien Azer

adjustments outlook was you like we guys there had particular thanks. to drive on it incremental for about IQOS plan, kind How thanks? XXX the Japan, what guided in quarter relative spend On in that million think you would Okay, trends first believe in the your for. of originally spend, incremental should given tweaking I

Martin King

Japan. look need we're to we spend going I particularly Yeah, what mean spend to in

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Vivien Azer

one thanks. Okay, me please. for Last

a that appropriate Roger's breaks older saturation these thinking on okay, Japanese As guys say, cohorts more we IQOS maybe probably you and like it do where and think that are for innovation kind like too, about about showed curve we're think like for balance? are at you you you adoption you how that what consumers know platform of

Martin King

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Vivien Azer

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Alright.

Leinster the of Our line Berenberg. next Jon question comes from of

Jonathan Leinster

good morning afternoon. or good Hi,

many of being questions, full discount in interest one of out devices on and quite many couple specific a now comes quick at still of when Japan sold IQOS? it Just how one just to sold are are how the price

Martin King

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Jonathan Leinster

further terms pricing what maybe referring Just the and is sort potentially a brand with more the some of lower I or producing to the talked is a competition, more mean, to and of producing of brand just referring sort heavy sort to on in bit existing brands, brand? new you that are you're potentially whole take in discount comparable past here that HEET a about premium priced of you've

Martin King

you Well to in in you the our can different But different consumer on ways. going details have competitive approach go for to and long I plans. to do you're can groups to as into going think not I'm long find ways many understand reasons the over run, that haul

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Jonathan Leinster

flavors you non-flavored similar finding experience on or the so popular, they IQOS menthol quick that IQOS, that been use where outside of traditional are consumer the the of was to on Another a the of the question clearly versions, taste? sort is non-mentholated very has more most Japan experience a are Japan to and or reaction in perhaps

Martin King

on mean much Often quite a lighter usually bit flavor percentage obviously. menthol But preferred is in and market. the simply market usually that think by we than The it I the higher because the see over smokers to on conventional and that is menthol bit bit have have a Yeah, index category. a IQOS from is taste version though because I taste a to greatly do markets people it it's easier the menthol the market it's depends to menthol IQOS different chosen different depends a go menthol bridge situations. the and in a to

Jonathan Leinster

Right, because it does does experience market vary vary, considerably quite by the then?

Martin King

it does. Yes,

Jonathan Leinster

in on and this sort that volumes side, reading the Pakistan I quick of the doubled a is right, am and Pakistan. Yeah, couple one units, X.X in going billion Yeah, things on added that there's FMC of correct.

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Jonathan Leinster

terms Okay, pending hated of sort and there lawsuits terms design any very is legal competitors just there last of of in are the other anybody IQOS outstanding the wondering copyright? procedures regarding against one, to of of in quickly any related sort product, any

Martin King

are property. but and cases hard looking competition We misusing individual our going there doing at potential comment or IP defend our we pending I'm in think we or remedies to cases Look is out looking intellectual actions on they to not we legal are individual where worked very either what that time. constantly at at this have

Jonathan Leinster

thanks much. very Okay,

Operator

question comes Stifel. next line of the of Chris from Growe Our

Martin King

Hi Chris.

Chris Growe

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Martin King

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Chris Growe

of spending, in more away you in spending? IQOS of taking maybe world we Japan think behind -- is Okay, are other and understand the customers around existing spending Japan and markets construct in from about million spending the total more $XXX to users that then developments retain as you that say example for the about talked new to so taking just away

Martin King

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Nicholas Rolli

have we do questions left. any Operator

Operator

final Hong of question Judy Goldman comes line the Our from Sachs. of

Judy Hong

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around comfort was So you how there that bigger do there? actually get a demand out

Martin King

technology currency in way to future and on see and that able sit way going XXXX. if in that whether down a and or to decision really reduced of favorable success and or in we to acquisitions to example be we've won't that risk best the balance the haven't share gets we Okay, reward I having buybacks. point the It's for got at continue what's If We're mean be our stock share flexibility necessary. business have leverage area shareholders new said sure have with make be decide we're dividend first within our we more that the and whether sheet to stays increases we're board the some all favorable it make to of have continues improve a also working to the we at come. in Board to point yet. that the some point the will and But buyback

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Judy Hong

thanks. Okay,

Operator

Thank question. or turn back now any additional remarks. management our for final floor will you the to closing was over I that

Martin King

concludes you great for Well joining team. today. you And Thank day. any you. much This thank for IR have very us. please questions our the if a follow-up call contact Have

Operator

a ladies does today's conference you conclude gentlemen, disconnect day. wonderful and and Thank this call, you have may now