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Philip Morris International (PM)

Participants
Nick Rolli VP, IR & Financial Communications
Martin King CFO
Adam Spielman Citi
Judy Hong Goldman Sachs
Vivien Azer Cowen & Co.
Michael Lavery Piper Jaffray
Bonnie Herzog Wells Fargo
Chris Growe Stifel Nicolaus
Pamela Kaufman Morgan Stanley
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Operator

Good day. And welcome to the Philip Morris International Third 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

quarter Earlier for information issued third you Thank today, on joining XXXX detailed Welcome. containing us. we release a our results. press

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Martin King

Thank and welcome gentlemen. ladies you, And Nick.

to prevailing As announced at be earnings rates, exchange this of $X.XX. guidance, morning, we share to $X.XX are a reaffirming diluted our XXXX per reported in range

of approximately of our $X.XX EPS and includes adjusted rate, of to X% in guidance Our compared currency a XXXX. $X.XX unfavorable X% currency represents growth to excluding diluted

press slide on and the reflect to release. full-year guidance Our shown assumptions this detailed today's in continues

tobacco a units. XX of in-market volume sales heated of billion tobacco unit and billion units, XX Importantly, billion XX volume inventory reduction approximately this includes: distributor anticipated XX billion shipment PMI billion units; to of unit net to X heated PMI reflecting

notably to inventory impact to Moving by of X.X%, results, mainly decreased movements, total related tobacco Japan. units third volume in to due the quarter our heated distributor shipment

tobacco well Excluding in and volume as by EU, Thailand total declined as by Mexico, Korea, Indonesia, but Arabia, increased September Japan, heated movements. volume unit notably shipment volume higher inventory East by year-to-date, Turkey. inventory the markets, movements, total increased Middle and Saudi volume higher cigarette and X.X%, Africa region select in X.X% Russia X.X%, shipment by driven excluding the

put heated the tobacco on unit billion the movements me third impact perspective X vis-à-vis we that inventory let our communicated. assumption full-year results, distributor unit to of quarter reduction this inventory Given take previously a XXXX into moment distributor

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favorable excluding X%, nearly IQOS impact combustible the difficult markets. income currency, incremental as products, Adjusted revenues, investments our quarter of by device margin offset partly Adjusted X.X in lower across costs in marketing September comparison lower increased XXXX. largely by the of operating net for RRP as year-to-date launch fourth Given of the decline increased IQOS with quarter manufacturing price-driven in the approximately X.X%, currency. this the excluding sales, growth X.X%, operating and growth well implies growth XX% a margin fourth points, reflecting by of the reflecting income

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international September market periods EPS share impact points the in the cigarette year-to-date. increased currency, tobacco out-switching favorable the China XX.X%. by and lower our tobacco momentum, third to total increased Indeed, shares diluted for growth adjusted our brands. the The were quarter by U.S. within for driven X.X by share, Excluding cigarette both points business X.X Demonstrating category excluding PMI heated cigarette by heated of adult smoker reflecting with alone the products, stable. was higher shares our and

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in the decline cigarette the tax excise of XXXX reflecting Saudi the implementation. the example, moderated industry For quarter, volume in June Arabia in lapping considerably

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Operator

Our of Instructions] first [Operator of Adam Citi. comes from line the question you. Thank Spielman

Adam Spielman

Thank much. you very

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Martin King

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the do far forward, think ability single can there continue as to I the tier to with story we a see be to our will continue of well. good brands and As very the tax Philippines going

X%, been be flat previous it now close very the very X% looking full being Indonesia, slightly total for recent year the in years before probably to as X%. size down has has for volume to For better The stabilized. the it's to market but times it's market has more stabilized. down than We're been couple versus

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shares on stable and like and to period is better now Indonesia Obviously, the some market. think slightly do a would good grow. as pricing the A the good for take to a start think moves I see to through share to of been platform, way it's we stable We'd that's I to like going Mild that time just time. So, up see

increases. in you of know lots Indonesia you have price frequent As

region. very yes that So, in good news

Adam Spielman

Okay.

perhaps, more question your significant is about guidance. a So

is substantial XX% only words, as didn't XX% estimate other sort like the are for XQ think good it's and fundamentally On sales I EPS of to I be beats it particularly also down share suppose next be your was quarter? low In of are EBIT to and to this Given you to make should in growth, understand understand down we something can the you implying the same that on be quarter not has say. to shipping that simply as of your given how I but EPS on the I IQOS effects almost double-digit didn't going XQ why shipping EPS XQ. fact how I want guidance. in your effects

Martin King

Okay.

to in QX with the high do increasing sequentially QX last of really on what's this be fourth you quarter. at last to down from approximately the start the the let's revenue So in to X% revenues the is year year for be what versus there quarter the math up versus and line quarter year. story QX happening in if same the seeing is a the very we're year comparison and up about with for X% you end full the QX revenues Actually the third

it's not the sequentially really So issue.

things last the and to hand to relatively year Japan QX comparison inventory have which when billion the of you several you most year-over-year other going year have On relate whereas we this you since last compare inventory that the almost impact flat. on year, were building inventory on the X is is

pretty significant there is right issue. that a So comparison

will in you heated the we of from related pay pricing of January We that's back to getting we just sticks sales of also units supplier the in year, And more market this around then approximate. X.X into and however occurred recent the X.X device this year in year. retail and inventory loaded adding that's the end and as QX since that we're QX ready year, conventional the were volume difference the paid X billion Japan X, sufficient tobacco back plus. so between other and to Whereas in lift of consumers end probably piece on the this launching to were and Multi that in QX is last the volume have additional bringing cap this year. we Last in

that. is year-over-year the of So, devices another also piece on comparison

of this Japan are talk rest the of But the year about anticipate significant impacts the we versus you last you the very when same year QX or up the will revenues in year about actually business, up. QX be effects around add QX are X%. If those this

quarter is other a we cost. launch when The the incremental as year. less preparing and world the the RRP, on increases the level pattern we on activities some down timing well stepping other you partly rolling behind the we so The we're the it the same. X efficiencies and up in we've out of take of piece spending mentioned in before track it spending overall around the improvements fourth where around And comes of X but EPS the all still that it's million as still that's piece cost to $XXX are with around the quarter, more that Multi been RRP fourth bigger are

So baked the all guidance, X% in account else. these the to as X% to pricing it's into and the takes issues as well everything

Adam Spielman

to make So, I got and understand to to summarize sure sequentially.

cost X same Sequentially, is like going to it to about to go same the a are G investing sounds load down be effect come and all billion and if device. is line sharply QX because done more because expect version when will I thinking the and that roughly behind going me roughly. roughly. mean you quarters the X XQ, So, both difference said XQ the between QX in to key in sales you think easy when I sales be EPS you is because the but you've got

Martin King

But there overall, Yes. QX, mean is same. mean impacts other on I around I the between timing there or other cetera. QX all the I the in. more the impact revenue the Japan I et pricing an it's are like for world less has of movement baked as think on in mentioned obviously timing

Adam Spielman

you. Thank Okay.

Operator

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

Judy Hong

next first quarter. X and the is the in the on just launch the multi Martin, question IQOS gen fourth

by announcing the of remind can of going like timing Japan. in sort first us wondering Korea a is launch the then just just I'm and phasing a just sounds week. the market Japan if perspective are it next So, launch you from they

going then first first is is Japan thinking Sorry, that of the Korea or and question. kind about my around timing

Martin King

successful we as those markets. next forward will in a But premium it in and same Yes, position a cement already Korea and both essentially on of having ready the good are introduction RRP become will devices more help getting really the step are time. because for period our these brand clear timeline we're think short Japan, the

Judy Hong

then I'm inventory HeatSticks? combustible what I days, to if of of bit X.X ahead just in break kind can volume versus but you and it's that? just little know for are early the you And or seeing then acceptance the in around Japan the price in billion total terms And out consumer in think a you wondering it. that pricing those in of called elasticity quarter. increases I the the the Got loading third the

Martin King

Well okay.

of First very have only very been of time. all there period the short prices

Japan, shipments out consumers of it's ahead understand how do consumers, early the fourth So buying with are just cetera. sure could that and consumers quarter have in to third doesn't in and any to increase however referring sales. price reacting. stores quarter. retailers to plan to our lower the anticipate et what people is In occurred so retail It you let reverse which anything I'm see is patterns too would make distributors own and me This obviously consumers to the really in

was And right? billion, that around in or or a so. maybe in impact billion the estimate billion rough that's were But whereas there, just X.X So somewhere billion X.X around Judy. the you we As the heated maybe estimate just were amount. it's round flat amount, it. a precise We units revenue was inventory difficult giving if to a exact the tobacco number quarter, in slightly for to far to on the the pricing. just up of X.X an we sense for Japan and it that's as give think it's I range figured at estimate, figured exclude you X.X a cigarettes

yet. out and too know the to You how and don't early that the are prices accepted it it's consumers until really how see really you flows into see

Judy Hong

this of Got terms question in it, And is just Russia. last my then, okay.

nice see market. So, improvement in price to continued that

Just this environment the us stable competitively your in of update pricing seeing marketplace of of the an more and in in give sort you're terms what sustainability then build?

Martin King

new the pretty I see actually see certain et price. well. cetera Yes. communicated There talking to of throughout there mid-priced consumers really as more The announcing still there pretty lower times our been higher some see is being is get between being pushed news. premium used on But roll pricing that we like no We order which holding to inventory in down means from news what our up much pricing through in less we've continues we Bond versus are We Street mean the year. the new brand But when to trading no delay the timing previous environment pricing it's quarters levels of it. actually through. is really front. Parliament when

Judy Hong

Thank okay. it, you. Got

Operator

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

Vivien Azer

So, [indiscernible] pricing and the geographic of terms anything is first of Anything improvement to to continued else strong but the quite on quarter heels as good on EU obviously in my mix, better has call margin bit there a out call to been a second well. out? question the be the

Martin King

and that and what shareholders is you metric been we're future having benefits and seeing us on Marlboro to users EU bigger and of converting for performance heated which as Germany we've story seen the see all the and better the far the tobacco it because number really across about mean in the locking a at the think brand. momentum key for in I overall results Right, margins markets is with looking nice a with tells from I growth success the keep us consumers. units the smokers the bring spot higher higher We're has some very IQOS. there. across as the is of that good

unit. exciting success on of most tobacco is is very most the trajectory. But a that part it, the of the So, good it heated

Vivien Azer

impact press Terrific! on there volume to looking from looked the Thanks. is to are hear. has update But My Clearly taxes how the packaging. Saudi That's your pressure about that good. and next certainly the share to from Saudi is you reports quite potential business? excise that your question have Arabia. Any market encouraging implement plain understand we been thinking and clearly

Martin King

news but news don't new us of on I our and to have happy No. that. lapping moving We forward, any as don't have implementation other comps mean be we really in additional the we're big that Saudi. helps far obviously excise any as

Vivien Azer

Thanks. please. you question on Fair any enough. My IQOS the with last had new engagement Have your application? FDA

Martin King

in the nothing we We're hands is at Investor place PMTA we the which it end hopeful hear this more don't we we think on that same something were is by the have and add, of at to new of really on But year. FDA Day, Investor would Day in I that there covered pretty the either. are we and front really well anything the it's

Vivien Azer

Excellent! Thanks very much.

Operator

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

Michael Lavery

for calculating you of bit. the help crudely and understand you stick, a per is last from had Africa just lower mix year pricing part IQOS down permanent is of which How of along mix platform? that? that basically any just looking Just tobacco of us you Japan But the you device give number just it is IQOS know a a that. on Asia segment by Eastern and have discount I of HeatSticks about Europe at revenue that Have are heated the East within that driven the free of the looks considerably that made up seen some do it? a driver revenues the the or device be with you and sort the don't gone you duty volumes. has Can report in big part Russia devices, Middle portfolio think like we East the

Martin King

time some Duty Russia Well, good continues to well doing is show grow year. is and a ago. stepped I to this growth nicely continuing what very it very pace mean at up from free yes. was

was would that in we of Japan is see stable the The would pricing. slightly going in to we Japan up Korea stories communicated for bring seeing you're regard as which think it's and showed much to shipments presentation, stable. we of up in. line, effects on into the coming revenue. Japan the will They've as it it's production, growth new that do comparison ramping X impact it and you of that been the the I those QX the that you Bur In we and be additional the Multi partly for negative during Korea forward was for on to product had inventory by the new just reduced was think going out it for you working to the I inventory we now to it's distributor been for with number back sold see to in if volume year. last Japan opposed lower devices and course strip as a pretty to we're the line compared devices really graphs year-over-year effects and than But other that of our that there than the before changes Japan. we've offset is get sold communicated inventories X

Michael Lavery

have all yourself. you data I realized so the and Well,

skew would look it back IQOS you not you that have like the in even total the the So up good it. Eastern revenues and per of But envelope, per stick, the would increasing price devices Europe example at may the way follow? this so were over indicator for HeatStick of is adoption stick potentially leading if that a to sales XX% suggest a greater with to

Martin King

device, the is when lag. get the I'm I not have so the sold consumer devices there with sale, it's you a stick you Obviously, revenue flattering don't and follow sure we a until that.

start you heavier see new the until be you've are revenues from proportion opening repurchase market they to might a you the smokers to then a purchase converted it and as and So, the HeatSticks. devices

like would be is as a would that convert period per sold when low relatively in then HeatSticks often So time where, metric a it at more look of a steam market we there newer device and users. you

like of can then Russia these and selling people by some HeatSticks where rapid converting are But devices. a be in affected growth the very we lot there. of metrics lag happening what's either So,

users the it's where market point at fast whether calculations stable your mature something So as with view as whether or it but that. with really envelope a help adding I it's have of of where not maybe quickly far that on users depends it's some pace can am from more as of not might do is I state versus a the to you adding sure the but very back

Michael Lavery

looks, us HeatSticks business it's and exactly it give helpful. very color, some No, just many old more That's thinking years in that's you pricing. now are of the or just to two your as getting great so on is more the you taking Can as way one be markets tend price you taking as have you discounts price HeatSticks small that applying typically to I increases example. Are But others Marlboro well, HeatSticks know on grant when regular modest say where increases cigarettes? for to those have are well? do benefit some price to relative cigarette from you as

Martin King

are now. right doing Well, example in we what is the Japan best

– from ¥XXX whereas units tobacco the ¥XXX we ¥XXX the went the Marlboro cigarettes to increased ¥XXX we ¥XXX increased heated HeatSticks from from whereas on to price So, Marlboro to ¥XXX. on Marlboro

price. but a was we kept small increase the the the actually same So in differential

a tobacco toward the it premium some products on making want least So, is too and to piece market. don't be consumers. I think going big is sure our the pass country the influence tax it's want tax and at big that have we benefit of we Obviously that each to gap, heated each benefit units to how depend in other

to in to see and long general, So with regard situation the depend with regard I where market in gaps it taxes will the kept but come establishing think with see but you tobacco pricing of haul the which you all we heated on from are over establishing units as will the pricing mature moved the that far and most the occurred and category there as brand. the Japan is the cigarettes. recently

Michael Lavery

helpful. That's much. Thank you very very

Operator

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

Bonnie Herzog

was It nicely operating quarter. and spending have on device IQOS margin. probably in despite I sales by driven a your lower total your expanded question higher the

your an So, earlier maybe then I margins? sales this QX am question on negative of on explain as device in EPS in your to And we won't why wondering ramp will as about you much year build QX have you impact how actually to be going then ramp and sales. a your higher? your guidance new think back And device you your new can continue just next growth or

to your trying have going might on the a this impact Just get forward margin? of sense

Martin King

we've you right actually device an of had think previous shipping like we sales a net called given ahead of percentage the having I of as higher so XX%, it we it's mean I in high. impact around in is our device lot. are but RRP. and were the was it revenues at and on when dragged that first to margin quite look the It a demand quarters was for XX% out margins like thumb and of sales Yes, quarter sort rule

are it we above was QX inventories XX%. because Now you down drawing lower, in were seeing

you see now other the you when swinging the benefit compare. way So

of it time I of XX% So, to it's over be variable depending RRP's. adjustments of think going on works timing devices. inventory to either out But the around launching be additional or course

in, as ramping up the quarter, and Now well. supply obviously coming X we're X now in Multi fourth

we So, though ship it's like. we as not can would many as as

live have to within We manufactured. what can be

get because it you see it that huge of of the know distributed. such will don't have I So, you surge fact to that a

consumers' hands. get in You have it to

to Plus to be you it. to manufacture have explain You it. able have

think the I probably but forward going going So, it's it the estimate, vary. waiting to XX% best

Bonnie Herzog

device next throughout depending and sort in these you should helpful. QX probably think sales on on and QX then same continue new No, And the line then the we the about to and especially what of that's year. year Okay. build demand expect do the to

as of I'm So, not look XXXX. end sense maybe into so it's trying to get the also just forward front loaded, we phasing a

Martin King

what to much I more consumers sensitive X device plus X.X not option willing consumers and more or but the consumers newer continue have Yes, though as with help experience offering may giving much and with use plus, invest that be X with X.X price a important. consecutive not multi that's Multi and use the to in can device very X the the premium I reach ways will to as I than Keep mind market just sell we also in will the sure as in we you both said. will important am more both

but I Korea in help think Japan it will and in also markets. especially, a us other lot

and role a get better how is going and as fast obviously continue efforts to going have to devices go part both the consumers with depend we they convert we you play at consumers up and reaching because consumers of ramp us converting need to So to forward that. on our

Bonnie Herzog

And question is which next was actually bit lines that my the is spending of on IQOS. a little behind the of on

conversion any ramp just you increase levels the should want timed again as for or about QX year you might You little in that as that And higher mentioned these will think will to then spending that sense total new I spending next million a wanted terms incremental But bit around further? of we spend do devices. you of how to $XXX be just be think we get rollout increased your need still look need a forward, level to that the be year it might to confirm do spending range. same again you

Martin King

bit track year The $XXX X other on a is the and that. referring but communicated million it in to also X launch it's in fourth that the of some we heavier the intact. initiatives. to was quarter I We're support phasing where the for early Multi

that the at within of $XXX the quarters total I waiting The allocations was is more incremental it's referring net spend CC about to. intact So million.

will just a need with other words reach In to whereas continue will there more in higher volumes to we geography. we year. which be scaled we've to that is be reiterate going it additional as as said forward as we what and consumers of next won't and chunk that will we year, increase before I'll next move which portion spread, need another volumes expect made this As higher forward that we investment year support that far in

So it will a be mix.

We are of that Day also of Investor various around it as out will we initiative as our current business getting and best use. our normal supply spending including rationalization communicated as a at new are at part reallocating work hard to to efficiencies operations be activities measuring working spending But the hard efforts spending obese around methodology great through transformation productivity making our SKU chain. sure the we and also putting on scrubbing and our

up step at be rate our where we compound are to investments that Some helping make growth growth to helps in in these we to fund them improving targets annual of on and X% revenue stepping us growth of which with invested need which some and would our for growing compound per from earnings of both be least revenue at least annual share. rate X% growth the ex-currency

Bonnie Herzog

That's I question just may. me final one if Okay. maybe helpful and then from

different terms markets. IQOS in progression Just of in the and

challenges highlight on what more terms of possibly having about help. about experienced take and really where markets to of you're where now success in maybe are in seeing the any two what possibly right That terms you similar now Japan you couple one are again could flipside really would are you in then passed. that could there are and you that you markets complexity presenting that of what excited you off markets You of or at or are and the in talked that maybe of market get are

Just are couple you about. a concerned maybe little and Thanks. couple markets you are bit a then excited super that

Martin King

of have product. Well, doing all with well the many first across all geographic it's across many this EU, success markets. doing It's we well broad many

a and to So, markets one approaches to we've two is intend that or and to the We've one tried say other the there. up positive pick Russia we've particularly in of momentum that seen it's just interesting implemented later lot hard tools we very or Russia. spread

markets across the caused around challenge being success mean of think of out you. execution I where that soon in approach good in hard and well. very and whole benefits really in And ¥XXX make the in reach in sort as to extensively on launch digital with the the from other us other just testing and and about the the we are show continue we we've in misunderstanding all the this Japan the talked or been in and then excellent this what about we've and prince get the XXXX. hope fourth start I start were very overcoming they product that initiatives have that by sensitive markets. course price consumers see consumer around also base launch sure initiatives Korea HEETS excellent X Russia line course trying that made at coming our That statement actually seen to the issue and it all we'll and will well a more the regard pilot team as big very we've our of to and tools of working across up the ground the areas messaging something the the to Korea of will help to roll quarter that approaches not and by these Multi now we As execution mainstream would X to does message as quite very but essentially improving focusing Japan on accurate

Bonnie Herzog

Thank you.

Operator

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

Chris Growe

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you it? Just curious on if can comment

Martin King

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Chris Growe

is those sector is from reiterate that positive mix or moving to to negative? global that of a more Just a some is brands that local a brands

Martin King

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Chris Growe

do Is overall And how say I'm for IQOS you to you. then Thank Okay. kind year? in to market that you be XX, XX of can for many curious if before increase XX into expect the before? continuing

Martin King

have we are more lots Right we're markets on completely In a handful, for within cities on almost we markets launched. except grow not the where we the and room now national of to we tremendous XX% where are still opportunities the focused have But all good success bigger the to representing spread where that seen launched. of that is we've only cities where Russia, start, volume. areas place of are we've good in to geographically. A it's example already

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launched. have plenty room in to So, markets the of lot grow a we where already of we've

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Chris Growe

shipments sales least in of an July Day increase sales. increase we which there resurgence little increase quick one in a at devices showed that, in just on Investor a an of you a Is and the of – That in device had bit of chart was August I Japan. sequentially is day devices saw of to follow-up big the is and those Should more we from Do you volume bit starting that September to expect at we HeatStick devices market Japan? quarter that increase see sell to you Day some there? a will HeatStick in Japan you as gave in for in contribute the in already the the if Investor share. in of and

Martin King

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devices So do to you continue need to that.

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Chris Growe

you much for very Thank Okay. time. your

Operator

Our next of Pamela the from Stanley. of question comes line Morgan Kaufman

Pamela Kaufman

Japan given a distribution the little over to quarter? and on expansion the follow-up the recent months and efforts competitors hoping you introductions several was bit wanted there heat-not-burn last more I elaborate can product on in over some competitive dynamics last just competitor

Martin King

earlier they've benefitted Yes. on talking competitors We've Japan their some new. especially really in the part nothing the and the expanded distribution supply that from about been obviously It's were year. constraints have of There tobacco that.

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intend that's it, on and innovation great to not machine we of at a about to we're where keep are us working showed have that hard competition ahead we But it. stay. We complacent Investor the Day we

Pamela Kaufman

you about of question upcoming expectations a meeting think any and for that coming do next what just be clarity IQOS there that FDA might out week, the it? on are And PMTA meeting your Thanks.

Martin King

I big communicated we're don't the We're the Investor information to don't Day. their that's new meeting the with particular FDA to have at anticipating regards that really I what hands any FDA that to it's hear Look, going breakthrough. hopeful we and from in any from know be

really is there. what communicated new we there nothing from So,

Pamela Kaufman

Thank Okay. you.

Operator

time gentlemen for ladies more And question. we and have one

line of final from the Our come will Adam of Citi. Spielman question

Adam Spielman

the allowing question. for much up follow very you Thank

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Martin King

in there Yes. very the pricing is pricing the tax. no France. on of situation the EU news has prices going structure still there because higher efficiency the good is communicated driver new is there Germany and have the biggest forward government expected the not We of as and of

was France pricing more still had overall before. in is So, we the what it of headwind less that

Adam Spielman

And mention two the contributors? to if Germany, biggest you next had after

Martin King

Poland, it we ones. other across than Germany would some EU biggest really of Germany there pricing one. flag is one EU. in Next Germany, have I market the the two and like after worldwide the pricing being it's Philippines any But be EU it well Italy is Within hard in the the other that's to mean one. across driving biggest

Adam Spielman

Thank Okay. you very much.

Operator

final the over additional our floor management was back that or turn for And question. remarks. any closing I'll to

Martin King

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going momentum very reporting much forward. think everybody results forward good our good in Thanks and shape. business for looking the the to we're on being is We're call. So, I showing

Operator

call. gentlemen. conclude you, today's and This Thank does conference ladies

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