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Philip Morris International (PM)

Participants
Nick Rolli Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Communications
Jacek Olczak Chief Executive Officer
Emmanuel Babeau Chief Financial Officer
Bonnie Herzog Goldman Sachs
Chris Growe Stifel
Pamela Kaufman Morgan Stanley
Vivian Azer Cowen
Gaurav Jain Barclays
Jared Dinges JPMorgan
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Operator

Good day, and welcome to the Philip Morris International Fourth Quarter 2021 Year-End 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. Nick Rolli, Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Communications. sir. ahead, go Please

Nick Rolli

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Jacek Olczak

and you on everyone. welcome, all Thank say hope Nick, you, well. I

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Emmanuel Babeau

Jacek. you, Thank

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Jacek Olczak

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Operator

Thank you.

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Bonnie Herzog

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Jacek Olczak

I think Emmanuel.

Emmanuel Babeau

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Bonnie Herzog

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Jacek Olczak

Yes.

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Operator

We'll take Stifel. ahead. go Please from question next with our Growe Chris

line Your open. is

Chris Growe

be start wanted IQOS until I'm to understand of that of had get quarter. X devices where of sense availability 'XX. that level Or just I you first back Can 'XX? fourth ask, of a in 'XX? supply growth a that in I users the that not nice to to an roughly the user acceleration about I half happen of in to first and second growth you IQOS, of the the to half getting want million on could know to see in and trying you -- will number sufficient talked users the to just of acceleration just all, of sequentially.

Jacek Olczak

growth. of that a real all through heat-not-burn for ability just today and TMG that coming a though Yes. unrestricted product. growth. I the fact of highly Look, consist have few previous had And remember various also in coming the of proposition of have Obviously, user with availability growth IQOS of the is confirmed product And IQOS propositions, encouraging. create it's the ILUMA. blade rather IQOS which we on QX, various should reacceleration certain hinges devices. to the very that of we the continued the IQOS partnership back other portfolio had has versions today the mention of target much that consumers I

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Emmanuel Babeau

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Chris Growe

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Jacek Olczak

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Operator

next with ahead. Stanley. We'll Please our question Kaufman take go Pamela Morgan from

open. line Your is

Pamela Kaufman

price for question XXXX. was combustibles? in versus talk growth, your I in how realization And about you XXXX in XXXX? environment pricing, But have outlook your can rate Indonesia. about your a Pricing share combustible of in historical below given market in you're expectations headwinds prioritizing for pricing pricing

Jacek Olczak

Yes.

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Pamela Kaufman

by user ILUMA And Right, what for if interaction and Japan has prior with some been on thank driven around you. the ILUMA My versions on provide of the have IQOS? second base you of And user IQOS? observations much new can uptake. the question how color in is growth you more

Jacek Olczak

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Operator

take with We'll from ahead. your Azer question Cowen. Please Vivian next go

open. is line Your

Vivien Azer

combustible you first thinking to question in could your about pricing last contemplate is pricing. cigarettes please? wondering, however, was on gap to heated My between your I on XXXX tobacco for units, year, an just price if outlook encouraging how Certainly your hear you're and comment improvement management that relative

Jacek Olczak

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Vivien Azer

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Jacek Olczak

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Operator

Jain next go with from our ahead. Gaurav We'll take Please question Barclays.

Gaurav Jain

So I of couple questions. have a

first one is So your guidance. on

X:X. growth your is So volume minus

plus assuming is to three. three You you are mix price that saying cigarette pricing slide three, And that will be it is it then four. category have, a in

it revenue should are but X% for So to FY come plus to you X% to on X%. saying X% growth 'XX, plus

be mix less that the FY So will FY that 'XX than case the category in 'XX. will was imply in uplift

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Jacek Olczak

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Gaurav Jain

where losses the my And in years this Okay. future operating helpful. it hit in target. that $X year you that beyond That's and question you segment have second you the invest you so million very comment will can will nicotine is the of revenue on billion $XXX make also

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Jacek Olczak

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Emmanuel Babeau

don't It's explosion bit not an a I could one-off. It here. a but expect go higher,

of invest you a I to calibration have that going we're good the think over years. cutout few a

Operator

with JPMorgan. next our from question take go Jared We'll ahead. Please Dinges

Jared Dinges

bit? at nicotine considering also, Nordics? First, you like markets don't today, just And you would nicotine think that some the well? presence we looking a touched have launch PMT in on launching pouches. maybe your Are more emerging thinking that you be bit pouch And there as a pouches about market the of the guys nicotine application in potential a should I scale on in want consider future markets? U.S., that we to how launches of touch How the should about initial the a the

Jacek Olczak

leave a for U.S. aside would Yes, I the second.

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Jared Dinges

it. Got

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Jacek Olczak

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So focus else. today somewhere ultimately, yes, is but our

Jared Dinges

the at all are inflationary potential we're Got and you and especially guys consumers income second at environment and impacts positioned most worried the about price lower usually given with markets, elasticity Are the you back going towards it. IQOS. in more end. premium of where cigarettes guys And one,

on can that? you give comment maybe a So

Jacek Olczak

Yes.

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those taking very consideration. serious the into things we're So,

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Operator

this will any turn to at for call And closing over there the questions are no further the remarks. time. team I management back

Jacek Olczak

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Emmanuel Babeau

See soon. you you Thank all.

Nick Rolli

very you Thank much.

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Operator

conclude Thank At year-end call. you a wonderful time, conference Morris today's International you. may earnings does have fourth quarter And Philip disconnect and this day. XXXX this