Philip Morris International (PM)

Nick Rolli Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Communications
Martin King Chief Financial Officer
Bonnie Herzog Wells Fargo
Judy Hong Goldman Sachs
Chris Growe Stifel Nicolaus
Adam Spielman Citi
Michael Lavery Piper Jaffray
Jon Leinster Berenberg
Owen Bennett Jefferies
Pamela Kaufman Morgan Stanley
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Good day. And welcome to the Philip Morris International Second 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,

Nick Rolli

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Martin King

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[Operator and We will the now answer conference conduct question Instructions]. the portion of

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

Vivien Azer

I efforts just AGM the down. offer and all guidance why you some transparent your guide could didn’t the if around So just curious to I’m thoughts appreciate your you at formally? update on color be

Martin King

whole the We’ve been situation. assessing

Japan. decided consumers, the We AGM have recalculating bit dynamics of some key on in not in programs point We involved. quite number, projections. the uncertainties still And the at the to But you forward color we of were in really shipments. the for we're that place give we time, of been net forecast and gave a because all And these the going putting of pieces. revenue some these gave on new confident we effects better is and in detail the at a the figuring

a plan for going shipment these have great now the We to forward numbers, Japan, And confidence units. including the heated that have IMS we deal really put good situation a consumer we tobacco of to and and there. will together hit time the understand

Vivien Azer

accretion the relative shareholder to will with revenue please variant. offered metrics you in guys how from XXXX? then that affordable more had Sticking your standpoint benchmark Japan a meeting the some Can you with that talk of about at

Martin King

cigarettes Lights, do. I the get product. mainstream is variant, think such tobacco going a our adding group broader the follow bit better whether strongly of very Japan. we’re we including margins of Because mainstream and had on our quite tobacco from similar profitability, Japan for similar their unit, point consumers. will on key would portfolio priced brands heated price And included with Japan, and above to what Marlboro price, a always going the Japan. And be that portfolio And one in it's priced be even side, we're regard conventional example, order a always price products at in to in it’s price profitability the or premium point be, reach have these the within than you're Japan, with to price than in that RFP Lark a points difference brands above to average, heated tobacco logic and need else. going with other you still we've adding units, more so average everywhere And to has

Vivien Azer

One last one from me, given the market the year, on South Korea. Can you're and you confusion give the us about thinking marketplace? full deceleration some for the color on target how in share

Martin King

of in Well, rate unfortunate But the mean, we well confusion it's of speed government the I including from with is right a growing through scientific Korea, to right tremendously all have story information, converting them the there. sorting still a consumers getting been in backing, consumers we're that had the we've the information, which we've confusion, unfortunately, And pause there coming are adding and people; the other in and because it agencies. tell; good very Korea. we factually

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in in going had as confusion, think as And we'll I year. see that some grow. we very will the it. on not very fast but been to there's good growth good And trajectory, those to the of fast back second get Korea future. but still the So growth half of continue clarifying we're we speeds what we're to think It’s


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

Bonnie Herzog

markets trying outlook. outlook for on in contribution trying your top drags planned, then introduce next line. do of My one in you’ll the or of thinking as IQOS increase biggest pricing of on assumed first guess, conversion. you is previously. had possibly of to than ramp, would revenue points markets. the previously soon It’s have all to lower I need get much as tax also, I you all markets this. a sooner I'm Japan bigger And other as price given it guess question other these highlighted your your in your IQOS understand I expect some I'm the especially for as sense But just than lower of year benefits. to And your to revenue you

Martin King

to get markets, out keep point premium you you’re get positioning we the which remain Our yet, where In expand high as have market premium, you you this not intent share, category reached is substantial we premium running other Japan in is the the establishing very, smokers, to heat. have you to important for new very once eventually. that It’s very will you there of hit share. need there if will. we’re And to market remember

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Bonnie Herzog

you’ll IQOS Could initiative having the potential working? are some stepped the increase be should we on IQOS phasing about and You of early. in behind that color spending, and I of investments it’s year? we the the digital the spend of touched Russia, then for in conversion spend the you assume more of incremental up which then seem to continue initiatives you year behind so And million how on update year. possibly further effect. can rest to ramp us then on next this But future? $XXX the And -- think very positive know Should this

Martin King

on still we’re track X,XXX the incremental. So for

As far as the phasing, we’re in about XX% quarter. the already first

second pretty for Obviously, it’s spent track, we’ll and expect the go. have we’ll So half half same we on next half. to about

remains that So intact.

playing some I of initiatives, really impacts Russia, talking number the market Its are a some good is due investments, from absolutely. to We in of our share very see digital, you digital Moscow. seeing role. mean, a

in approach off We’re it’s more getting how hope. inefficiency those better that to at decide we finding smokers. we paying leads efficient and And being

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digital making the paying that in So is we’re spending off.

Our retail footprint is improving.

consistent more our getting We’re spend. of more higher quality, retail getting effectiveness

year. and number to pay the is So pay off, starting of off even there more really will next where variance are spending in

grow be handle through work of million, can As specific next any look it, we that when scale. year, about built will far but as They are million, at say that higher base being the XXX will initiatives in not half XXX that much further.

to So the consumers or we will all and in it to grow need number order huge to provide more of a behind markets. across spending the not benefits have

on somewhat conversion quickly we uptake scale consumer fast as the should not But in will and as piece. rollout how half how other pieces. it the consumer markets have grow we The fast

consumables it, average world much going realize twice to because the a the from of So investment off at around better profitability factory coming we’re the next are net whole if begin that’s and you looking at the about year being RRP price sold forward, CC. paying our

markets passed they’re now more Japan the have where the there were number obviously, there and and of duty-free. more there; and Korea accretive So obviously, as grow good essential and profitability. seeing we’re we’re us of the getting very that And very benefits over we amortize to of profitable; Italy, costs point are and in volume. conversion these good other EU the And some more there; markets they’re allows initiatives

getting all now much more going benefits very we’re investments these So forward. helpful from and

Bonnie Herzog

how e-cig are your am a maybe e-cigs just via for much or interaction to what more quick And possibly from then an acquisition? organically curious introducing technology, Thanks. I what And And prevalent. really one-time either been the are markets one in has performing then just plans been. me, has IQOS hear where

Martin King

We don’t companies. have as as much exposure other to e-cigs

obviously Our one biggest e-cig EU, with would exposure the or the be is markets, highest in the level. UK

UK, have forth. a lower commercialization to from market so We our share base and in which lower deploy a so

is better has closer, to point the smokers the The product So converting taste e-cigs nicotine it’s especially of versus is We rates lower a that than conversion the cigarette. know really than of where that total say consumers, from satisfaction of delivery smoker is closer IQOS adult that much has of e-cig. IQOS. and view hard usage the higher

we IP Italy, tobacco of is regulation heat-not-burn doing it. think while at regulated different unique the where differently example commodity, IP So is it’s the would substantiation. be extremely And we we much that categories, the for be a be the e-cig there’ll are e-cigs a more regulation a forth. weakened is than IQOS -- in of confident then product, a across technology better IQOS I regulation markets still are e-cig. think be tobacco the heat-not-burn option pretty aren’t of go have the with around smokers, from Obviously, then so think we of will in we a successful And well tends looking the the products are that when lot point product IP like, there is should there. One difficult as around adult much to We and There Whereas that of e-cig. into replicate recognize view successful and coil cigarettes, market. we be industry. the scientific a around to category tobacco and

this it it competitors for if they tobacco come the space the have difficult So don’t to of makes experience more into regulation.

So that a have e-cigs to overall, we believe role play. do

that of over MESH experience developed. our version And will a has And the consumer. consistency. we approach deliver we’ll with very IP have newer protection. out that good has It better the the we technology in better that our long-term be of And soon. we’ve think better mesh We putting

achieve where product be in winning there. smokers. But and So we we right feel same also uniqueness at the better conversion very and profitability, successful is of that better can We’ll the we actually that’s e-cigs. compete will better time, now in heat-not-burn

compete to pleased we’re So any in market. with e-cigarettes


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

Judy Hong

just down year. But First it's rates of guidance. about slightly tax beginning your EPS now your XX%, basis last for points terms guidance now X% the since in of the the is by year, come XXX which full better ex-currency, so than to

means So that points like EPS should adding X be growth. to something

am that FX I causing just actually is guess up at guidance going this what's not point. neutral wondering I more the So shortfall

Martin King

we heated tax which some have is about It's Obviously, the and because CC unit the currency, much from a devices now EPS annual The business out is but The coming the about impacted offset we're things at I meeting. mean the the being what better. tobacco swing impact X of inventory, also made talked shipments, don't getting before. by the is billion from the we that business.

the where between heated this were inventories, necessary. both prepare versus today. and forward. are better devices and impact for actions where taking deck the confident going still Japan difference the we're is is And in We're very So and to Japan for around step we for tobacco growth we projecting units, clear Japan main

have we the forward. opportunity and going new devices, initiatives offerings, well the do that our as drive tobacco new really So as blossom heated an there, very to put the and unit to growth compelling in well

base So the numbers. we're better for setting XXXX, deliver a to and the

Judy Hong

inventory impact. clarify just to And Japan the

think you third when quarter. about So

third-quarter. similar growth in a IQOS assume sales for in market we if So

get have something billion. So X X.X units, inventory if like reduction you an billion you of

third IQOS an for to have three something way could volume That's a Japan you X.X right basically in the like billion. So the or quarter model?

Martin King

I plus areas. other end think adjustment year billion from of because includes that's to It coming about in the X by take X right. billion. the X the remember is net one Japan, inventory the a going We're billion to of

at Japan, looking about mostly in we're quarter. So come in X third billion inventory, the will it

for we think have of heated up flexible manufacturing quarter. we're units I to really Marlboro the we the third new have now of you the inventory room line making we're a And able entirely And base in SKUs. make the know right to supply. tobacco almost sure

much So the hard of inventory to rather one coming perform and particular pricing than which end too any it's going is product, predict to up forward, market October how tax in going increase with X. especially the given the that's

the flexible So more lower we're doing. inventory and a can we be is to so clear decks what have

Judy Hong

I'm in of your it lastly, of not include just guidance then any from And combustible, assuming the price benefit does terms Japan. potential

So I to that confirm submitted? the you've wanted just just any if gotten that. confirm around then application you've And clarity

Martin King

all mean, in. our any out carve guidance is instances. don't I particular We

application We The ¥XX ¥XX have in conventional We in Japan. is increase pack. applied total the on tax put for increase. per product

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October tax applications held off that's up is So the a the obviously, X. of timing going but the bit

as soon So we those we’ll need as for list to submit products well. price as new can


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

Chris Growe

you. for questions two have just I

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Martin King

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Chris Growe

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Martin King

some notably quarter, mean now jumps Take points in we’re share I couple Europe. There out big starting call few we is in to markets in you of the accelerated pretty share X.X I the have quarter-over-quarter. last that Italy periods. X.X. at mean, first take the Italy. were at are

part But list. to of Greece we Also, some or Moscow Russia, serious share. initiatives in that variety not is to acceleration do the Japan. taking I I there faster maybe through X.X% is other a of quarter, of I’m markets. across learning our example, of noticeable it a whole city it mean, off that’s go better. as we’re how So the growth are and a as going Russia. markets. jump the another one But and it’s for is acceleration. leading to not mean, you quite being to X.X% I efficiency in see fast to And think from starting Korea

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

Adam Spielman

suppose you’re much not But that I response XXX Europe and that first you’re Japan. what a to that ramping your is marketing like, in million, And investments It mean Korea. in is question. spending really to life My would you in and trajectory done? And the really the Japan first this. trying of in how Japan focusing that’s disappointing have in you’re question in keeping slightly as to my stable. I’m as Does the slowdown say million the XXX investing how are around ask varies sounds you

Martin King

beginning year spending the already in actually we’re the what plan to Japan, we year. this Well, of at

track plans, on the spending with as of number not Japan on in Korea, are actually have And variety the far XXX sure already including the the planned. total right a across spending its EU, million different a Japan markets is geographies. above markets, I’m increased we within spending pretty Japan, spending. we’re of it, We what But are how that had track and much as

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Adam Spielman

with then in world, look the the it's so certainly to Japan a doing at And seems geographies. expectations compared excluding my we've me I rest It better as Korea, of lot. certain talked about that and

out your Better say well time I here. You've Russia this it forecast Europe would well? last expect, that others, see you than with worse And in how expected. compared in Is in year, in you that, talking others. net-net some less as line called really what would is with let's place, I'm Italy, Greece, Northwest but correspondingly

Martin King

still we do hoping think little confident it the well growth. geographies. obviously, pay some, to it'll expected in would we're to tremendously where And others better one come. I is but I if and where there It's We to grew, type we get off market so Well, the we're and across a am bit because effort accelerate in more it is would take it bit Germany. consumer and of a more the challenging, of to was of knew, forth, show-me the growth characteristics and point. a little more incremental done a

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day and We for getting it starting learnings are to is more. tools and move new always better we're all applying But these looking the faster. and every

Adam Spielman

UK. in big wonder to And not the making how London? final me you're live it's it’s here. efforts I just my in London, very seems question, I quickly, it But doing

Martin King

to a good word and accelerate around ground well that growth we're very it and fine, trying have the to of And we think a a the spread on consumers view would making the It's we of better we the has UK lot large But And in. do progress the market focus on word-of-mouth. e-cigarette going it's of it would world point from progress. English-speaking, fairly in efforts and have component interesting, there. because that's a we're putting is see with the like we're making market that I also there.

Adam Spielman

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Martin King

down. device and being existing get of as to marked price. the discounting as discount go price through price the we devices Japan, had where So simple having registration process situation to It now the up before for a gave the had in you impression opposed said consumers line you the most the the to also one

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that be expect And surprising. older so would priced above not which device, it in will that’s general, the you

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any tax combustible. our So in already obviously, to have need increase. before price We've the price for listing put list you your

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Adam Spielman

higher IQOS? take account increase of price on retail will tax new be to the into But the the consumables

Martin King

is There price can't with and file list that pricing. tax to a we’re increase on I that. comment deals a further going

Adam Spielman

And one didn’t thing I ask.

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Martin King

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we positioning. So have to premium want the

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

Michael Lavery

launched momentum reconcile wanted just there. cigarette highlighted points of I your market of data you Russia. a help given. some to And you’ve you’ve on It's Can IQOS. the the where few largest touch you’ve me just to

Moscow, talk share country. that You in the about of XX% the that’s X.X population of and to close

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Martin King

picking I It at just with do data shares don’t not honest for think. It Russia, honestly Nielsen not be just is But to pick may the in -- that the I’m sure, for we up think that it's the not may to you. have be there. Moscow with this be has source I share the up I that… Russia just for still in picking answer up in way rather, still

Michael Lavery

or and is -- give coming how between look Just the of that Russia you us is of that in big Can that sense how shipment at segment? from split much you the markets Ukraine, Russia? number, a any other what when

Martin King

haven’t market. by it’s the We component Russia that. but is biggest split not really it by split Obviously, out probably

Michael Lavery

-- you’ve you a are no Russia, would called you looking typically. at now national Moscow I issues capacity, got further out beyond? with in expansion And or know that expansion you

your What’s Petersburg about St. as You’re reaching in also well. thinking beyond those?

Martin King

We’re having Russia. in results terrific

expand logically, So would will we expand, yes. we --

expand and so in I’m results to and We not with will so continue logical forth. programs we’re it’s the Russia. only going when But we that in absolutely, that the well, working will to to continue Russia. expand having say

Michael Lavery

put of maybe better any Or as sense way a timing it? to

Martin King

No, not at this time…

Michael Lavery

just Japan, coming your thoughts smoking It place. you for outlook what that one just into is market ban the looks that How on there, that influence more then And like applies as there the from does any the and expect on heated through? well. coming tobacco

Martin King

we impact going market I the really don’t the big I from in bans a aren’t have think impact volume market. an on on forward. that usually development, mean, smoking

is don’t I studies does different combustible to prove the not think it heated allowed, allow materially our should because it’s we I disappointing have air if units, impact think quality, they it. it tobacco into it to and

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Nick Rolli

out the does two. some heat-not-burn. it’s ban They’ve and a to apply carved follow -- Nick. between That combustible just differences Michael up both Michael

as different. So recognizing the I to is think news that’s category bit good the heat-not-burn a

Michael Lavery

does Just to then there’re said both, apply carve outs… some you clarify it to but

Nick Rolli

I get bars are restaurants, and and In you differences There that and on things after you the the specifics some call. can maybe…

Martin King

I different think there’re categories…

Nick Rolli

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

Jonathan Leinster

of for and going got three are What in Where have plans if any the to platforms four? previous that? back full we commercialization you Just question. two,

Martin King

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Jonathan Leinster

of we mean Does first launch will products? of any should when we that expect national expect -- these

Martin King

any We haven't said, new so don't have update that. on

Jonathan Leinster

other scaled press, Italy, back was perhaps going Secondly, Is in ahead? of those certainly not some or going that true? to investment? the Romania, too; Germany some Greece, you are there factory no being that there trade suggesting IQOS go was that Dublin, the And the the ahead. longer of Russia in also investment, announced Switzerland Are size announced ones

Martin King

We're reevaluating reality capacity. we're shape our with in whole CapEx The good is RRP. RRP for

numbers had spend to shape. efficiency And We how We've better the have waste better use lower in facility better because time. we've out new with with layout. figured pretty good you have also growth some up and existing the forecast we're

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Jonathan Leinster

tar more case? higher less lower flavorsome be but going the between -- to which which perhaps gives a is you answer be when In Is going is And product, connection may the kick. and within nicotine? this. you're to and actually the launching words, a price a now, product product, there but to tar mean products. going that lower into about priced may other going there to be also nicotine direct or and pricing tar be the a and be more level to connection potentially not going higher market Japan I to there price and But Or nicotine is talking able not direct stratified of be is the are of

Martin King

the That higher to be not is We're said nicotine case. and product. flavorful. not tar more launching going We

with not all, talk of units. aerosol that -- make of really the really tobacco, It's heated is doesn't sense First tobacco really the a raw way the case when level selection tobaccos make the different. doesn't in you the tar sense flavor level. doesn't make nicotine It's creates necessarily in different in the print go flavor. about The And about we tar dramatically tobacco those. of the

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Jonathan Leinster

or algorithm still point think, is that some to historically, later? EPS be Is that talked the XXXX the a perhaps about given lastly some new And I point, in at you’ve having uncertainties. plan at going

Martin King

aspects We that’s there up Investor the will the about we of depth coming Day at September, much future and positive and very have our talk different have we about our growth end the the plans the in for more and future. talk of

probably best prospects growth to on venue the in I the about think longer-term that’s Company. talk for which


question line Bennett comes of from next Our Owen of Jefferies. the

Owen Bennett

more question a just may filled you long-term is think I of about my talking question. in long-term

So number you’ve internally. I’m assuming modeled a scenarios of

with continuing than strongly. to so to expected very basis introduced growth and in IQOS a is becomes sales growth at variants spoken had lower-price forward. see Japan, the stays much My global expected. growth in what double-digit increasingly plan going we that year you’ve you do prevalent IQOS And The that grow later more perhaps will past like scenario? organic question you was be possible rate, current each on bullishly in the respect sales was if quite when And

Martin King

happen. on higher roughly stream IP as scenario products a defensible income some costs much coming you are that the tax is maintaining it’s our with arguments tobacco. believe the a the have all, We’ve burn tax products, up not conversion sell given down than that more and central down same think our as with of amortize that way, cigarette the will We very conventional you reflected think more And costs over they margins products what's regulatory the higher same are as The if the are category margins to differential. first costs category. the been coming We than products the more reasonable the stay and We the production costs will set good are cigarette and with The having trade that will successful costs you these and and is scale it we these profitable situation cigarettes. for and that its we have cigarette, convention coming very I conversion in help think from that. from world that we the around at more of differentials. lower category heat the the tax don’t we costs and think profitable. conversion are couple mean, that around volume. the fact with The going come profitable us

IQOS. We’re with building equity brand

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Owen Bennett

still terms perhaps mean, that long-term I possibility, come of more? in right or even organic just double-digit we’re seeing when think needs sales you Do trends then you a that speak about the some to But in growth. given now. is

Martin King

periods. at think Investor further we’ll talk out I Day, mean, the about I

better think I year us. for XXXX be a will

EPS around combustible. year We’ve challenges Saudi We’ve got pricing improved this business got some lapping better it’s The combustible X point. well. on We’re We’ve is and that’s strong, got that going improving. for share volume.

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And more we one question. have time for

come will question Morgan of final Our line Pamela from of Stanley. Kaufman the

Pamela Kaufman

ask to the the about business and it cannibalization IQOS? into from are reallocating combustibles cigarette investment just less you And there. some incremental driving Is I the what’s wanted improved back business? expectations

Martin King

talked $XXX -- think with that what on I spending flip RRP. No, side about just of we’ve the is the the million

us, of this profitability region; series in it to half We the the markets there which number were category. the much; that’s and volume dragging our first share Southeast is go we’re growth year share the plans on benefiting And overall. second pricing whereas you Thailand on perspective; before South and year very year. Asia, better. this positive another are From and been We share in -- adding, this Indonesia great getting into are so on a from went wasn’t Germany, the in market, and growth the as due is behind volume; growing pricing the the Asia a haven’t I that broad Philippines initiatives and across well and have mean, turned we’re our now well to is combustible geographies, greatly greatly better the in legal doing Philippines, had changed that; around. illicit mean coming And went Pakistan back doing is share our very really Turkey, a of market improving. quarter. investment I helping

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Pamela Kaufman

markets rolling was if generation And device. IQOS initially going wondering be to or it just commercialization you strategy Are across the then I can the out elaborate you Japan… in just on for next all

Martin King

introducing we’re and way the to and performance see very better new devices. have them. about and we way look good they see. from to excited wait you’ll I this you generation consumers have that And use interface, can I them, the going to really are one. have the think wait that for of a tell the and They of them the on you’re plan

Pamela Kaufman

And uses the on comment the can many How you life. battery have? device

Martin King

one better if that we’re as of reduce the device We flagged devices as up having of actually of is drivers holding to the as inventories and that battery, life far going sales, the you that forward, finding will. our are

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the back was or I floor to closing management like would remarks. you. That any to over Thank for question. our final turn additional

Martin King

reiterate our I just for with to three close key points just want outlook.

this we're and it, based. year. share. The very better. IMS, a across and also doing First business our about is Year-over-year, improved nearly place results, are the doubling to these initiatives substantial. covering not in improve number pricing broad kick growing now are better is markets forward. volume Asia inventories. coming doing decisive to It’s it’s of give rightsizing in EU, other to We're The our just doing Russia, the got it's that going for in volume the prepare nicely starting we've growth put have is XXXX. our Japan better success world significant initiatives In RRP well but in going We've decks to which base talked actions to with we and in all, growth, stories, some we the great but geographies, is it Korea really additions also that order only with the that growth. forward, the And point not impact us in Japan, last the taken particular, Marlboro

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everybody. So thanks very much,


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