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Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) Q1 2022 Earnings Call Transcript

PM Earnings Call - Final Transcript

Philip Morris International Inc.  (NYSE: PM) Q1 2022 earnings call dated Apr. 21, 2022

Corporate Participants:

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Analysts:

Chris Growe — Stifel — Analyst

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Vivian Azer — Cowen — Analyst

Bonnie Herzog — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Gaurav Jain — Barclays — Analyst

Jared Dinges — JPMorgan — Analyst

Presentation:

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

(Starts Abruptly) which are posted on our website. Unless otherwise stated all references to IQOS are to our IQOS, heat-not-burn products and all references to smoke-free products are to our RRPs growth rates presented on an organic basis reflect currency-neutral adjusted results excluding acquisitions. Figures and comparisons presented on a pro forma basis entirely exclude PMIs operations in Russia and Ukraine. In the third quarter of 2021, we acquired Fertin Pharma, Vectura Group and OtiTopic O2 topic. On March 31, 2022, we launched a new wellness and healthcare business Vectura Fertin Pharma, which consolidates these entities. The operating results of this new business are reported in the Other category. Business operations of our wellness and healthcare business are managed and evaluated separately from the geographical segments.

Today’s remarks contain forward-looking statements and projections of future results, I direct your attention to the forward-looking and cautionary statements disclosure in today’s presentation and press release for a review of the various factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from projections or forward-looking statements.

It’s now my pleasure to introduce Jacek Olczak, our Chief Executive Officer; and Emmanuel Babeau, our Chief Financial Officer. Over to you, Jacek.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Nick and welcome everyone. I hope you all are safe and well. Recent months have been extremely challenging for many of us, given the tragic events related to the war in Ukraine. I would like to express our sadness and solidarity for the people of Ukraine. Our primary concern is for our employees and their families, and we have been doing everything we can to support them with three priorities. First evacuating our colleagues, we have evacuated over 1,000 colleagues and family members from the country and supported more than 2,700 others to move from conflict zones to locations away from the heaviest fighting. Second, we are delivering critical aids to people that cannot leave or who decided to remain in Ukraine. And third, we are providing accommodation immediate, assistance and a path forward to those who left the country.

In addition, we have already contributed around the $10 million in funds and donated essential items across the country directly to humanitarian organization and through our own employee-led initiative projects with heart. This includes providing medicine, food, cloth and a variety of other items to our colleagues and to the broader population, the purchase of 25 ambulances and the setup of a mobile hospital. Based on our current visibility, we estimate an additional cost of around $25 million for additional support to employees this year.

Our colleagues in neighboring countries continue to provide vital support to all people arriving from Ukraine to seek refugee. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to everyone involved in this generous effort to help at such a difficult time. In terms of the impact on our business operations, production at our Ukraine manufacturing facility in Kharkiv remain suspended. While the business activities in Eastern Ukraine have been mostly heavily impacted, we have seen some resumptions in areas where conditions allow as we seek to maximize product availability and service to consumers using existing inventories on hand.

We are also now planning to import products from our manufacturing location, although this may involve higher costs. We continue to pay salaries to all our Ukrainian employees, and to provide substantial in kind support to them and their families. As communicated in our March 24 press release PMI’s Board of Directors and Senior Executive team are working on options to exit the Russian market in an orderly manner in the context of a complex and rapidly changing regulatory and operating environment. This is no easy task in view of recently introduced complex legislation, but we are committed to seeking a viable path to exit the market while supporting other employees in Russia throughout this period.

It is also clear that we cannot continue business as usual in light of regulatory and supply chain disruption, which has already impacted the Russian business in Q1. We have taken concrete steps to scale back our operations, such as the cancellation of all new investment and product launches, including IQOS ILUMA and IQOS VEEV. We are de-listing 25% of our cigarette products, including Marlboro and Parliament SKUs. We have also cancelled $150 million investment in capacity to ultimately manufacture more than 20 billion TEREA sticks for IQOS ILUMA in our Russian factory.

Clearly, the impact of the conflict has also created disruption in global supply chains and exacerbated inflationary pressures in center materials and services. However, the Q1 performance and outlook for our business, excluding Russia and Ukraine remain strong. On a reported basis, our outlook conservatively assumes no further contribution from Russia or Ukraine, from April 1. To provide a consistent view given the uncertainty and volatility of these two markets, we will now also provide adjusted results and guidance on a pro forma basis excluding Russia and Ukraine from both the prior and full current year.

I will now hand over to Emmanuel to cover this in more detail.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Jacek. We delivered a very strong performance in Q1 with a double-digit organic net revenue and currency-neutral adjusted diluted EPS growth on a pro forma basis, excluding Russia and Ukraine from both the current and prior year quarter. Overall currency-neutral results were also ahead of our expectations. Our IQOS business delivered an excellent quarter continuing the reacceleration seen last quarter as device supply constraints continue to ease. Our IQOS user base grew by more than 1 million, excluding Russia and Ukraine marking a very strong performance. RRP pro forma net revenues grew by plus 23% with pro forma smoke free net revenue over 30% of the total company. Importantly, pro forma HTU shipment volumes grew plus 18% compared to the prior year quarter. This reflects excellent progress in the EU region, continued growth in Japan as well as over 50% growth in low-and medium-income market. PMI HTUs are now the second largest nicotine brand in markets where IQOS is present as our effort on innovation, portfolio, and geographic expansion drive consumer trial and adoption.

The impressive start for IQOS ILUMA continues in Japan and Switzerland with very encouraging initial take up in our latest launch market of Spain. The initial success in these three very different market reaffirms our confidence in ILUMA an exciting future growth driver for our company. Meanwhile, our combustible business performed robustly exceeding our objective of stable category share and delivering positive volume and organic net revenue growth. In addition to supporting strong financial performance, this also enhances our ability to maximize the switching of adult smokers to smoke free alternatives. Overall, our business is off to a strong start. And while currency unfavorable in 2022, we expect to deliver another year of robust organic top and bottom-line growth.

Turning now to the headline numbers. Our Q1 net revenue grew organically by plus 9% in total and plus 10% on a pro forma basis. This reflects total volume growth driven by the underlying strength of IQOS, the ongoing recovery of the combustible business in many market against pandemic affected comparison and some positive timing impact, including inventory movements. Our total organic net revenue per unit grew plus 5.3% and by plus 4.9% on a pro forma basis, driven by the increasing proportion of IQOS HTUs in our sales mix, higher device volumes and pricing. Combustible pricing was above-expectation at plus 2.9% pro forma or around plus 6%, excluding Indonesia.

Our total Q1 adjusted operating income margin declined organically by 30 basis points and by 40 basis points, excluding Russia and Ukraine. This reflects lower gross margin compared to a tough prior-year comparison where productivity was higher, mostly due to timing factors. Flagged in our full-year earnings Q1 margins were impacted by higher device sales for increasing IQOS user acquisition, channel replenishment and IQOS ILUMA. As mentioned previously, the unit cost and weight of ILUMA consumable and device cost is initially higher as we ramp up production, with improvement expected from next year.

Inflation in certain element of our supply chain, including energy wages and direct materials and an increase in the use of air freight was also exacerbated by the impact of the war in Ukraine. Despite these temporary margin challenges, we saw positive effect of the increasing size of IQOS pricing and cost efficiency combined with our strong net revenue growth. This enabled us to deliver adjusted diluted EPS of $1.56, including unfavorable currency of $0.23 representing plus 14% currency-neutral growth. This was comfortably ahead of our currency-neutral expectation even accounting for timing benefit of around $0.06. Excluding Russia and Ukraine, our pro forma adjusted diluted EPS of $1.46 grew by plus 16%.

Turning now to our 2022 outlook. As Jacek mentioned, given the lack of visibility on Russia and Ukraine, we are now providing an adjusted outlook on a pro forma basis, excluding these two market for the entire year. With our underlying business re-accelerating our growth fundamentals remain strong. Importantly, we expect to deliver organic net revenue growth of plus 4.5% to plus 6.5% compared to 2021 pro forma adjusted net revenue of $29.2 billion. This is above our previous forecast trajectory for total PMI despite an approximate 0.5 point drag from the shift to hyper-inflationary accounting in Turkey. This range incorporates the risk of supply chain disruption for certain materials a somewhat slower TEREA production capacity buildup due to the production cancellation in Russia, part of which was designated for export. The remaining uncertainty on full device availability and the pace of the ongoing pandemic recovery.

We expect our pro forma adjusted operating income margin to be organically 0 to plus 100 basis point higher for the full year. As mentioned at full-year result, we expect a lower gross margin as we invest in new innovation and incurred temporarily higher unit and transportation cost for the fast growth of ILUMA. Since then, we have observed increased inflation in raw material and energy prices and additional supply chain cost due to war-related disruption, including a temporary increase in freight for both HTU and select cigarette products. Higher expected device sales from the tremendous uptake of IQOS ILUMA and easing of device supply constraints also have an initial dilutive margin impact.

Despite these added headwind and a further expected COGS increase of around $300 million compared to our initial expectation, we remain confident that we will achieve organic pro forma margin expansion as our strong revenue growth, several product mix and cost saving initiatives deliver sustainable accretion. We forecast pro forma currency-neutral adjusted diluted EPS growth of plus 9% to plus 11% also above our prior year total PMI full-year guidance. This translates into a pro forma adjusted diluted EPS range of $5.35 to $5.46, including an estimated unfavorable currency impact of around $0.63 at prevailing rates. This compared to our previous 2022 adjusted diluted EPS guidance of $6.12 to $6.30 provided in February with the difference primarily reflecting the exclusion of Russia and Ukraine and an incremental unfavorable currency impact.

The underlying IQOS growth outlook remains excellent. On a pro forma basis, we expect to deliver between 88 billion and 92 billion HTU shipment volumes, representing plus 20% plus 25% growth over the pro forma prior year of 73.5 billion unit. This exclude the nearly 5 billion units shipped in Russia and Ukraine in Q1 and while we conservatively assume no further such contribution from April 1, this imply a total outlook of 93 billion to 97 billion unit for the year. We continue to expect pro forma HTU shipment to be modestly ahead of IMS for the year after lagging behind in the second quarter as I will explain later.

As outlined in today’s release, there are a number of other assumptions underpinning our outlook. We expect the total industry volume of cigarette and HTU excluding Russia, Ukraine, U.S. and China to decline by up to minus 1%. Given our leadership in smoke free product, the structural growth of the category and is growing proportion in our business as well as stabilizing share in combustible, we expect to gain share. We therefore target positive total PMI pro forma shipment volume within a range of flat to plus 1%. We assume full year combustible pro forma pricing of around plus 3% now [Technical Issues] impact from hyper inflationary accounting in Turkey. The pricing environment is improving, including in Indonesia, although challenges remain due to ongoing pandemic-related impact and disposable income pressures.

Our other assumptions include around $10 billion in operating cash flow and an effective tax rate of 21% to 22%. We continue to expect full year capital expenditure of around $1 billion. Despite the impact of the war in Ukraine, our balance sheet remains strong and we remain steadfastly committed to returning cash to shareholders through dividends and opportunistic share repurchases.

With regard to the phasing of pro forma performance this year, we expect a robust H1 overall with margin expansion and adjusted diluted EPS growth weighted to the second half. In large part, this reflects the reacceleration of IQOS as device supply constraints ease with the sharp recovery in device volume as we replenish channel inventory for user acquisition and we supply the accelerated ILUMA replacement cycle in Japan. In addition, our average device price [Technical Issues] the prior year, reflecting stepped up commercial activity to drive acquisition, including the broadening of our device portfolio with LIL and ILUMA One. While our devices continued to be priced at a meaningful premium to heavily discounted competitive offering, we have already seen encouraging signs in stabilizing our high category share.

Moreover, as we adjust our supply chain flows to prevailing global disruption in various material and logistic services combined with the effect of the war in Ukraine, there may be a risk of short out of stock situation on certain cigarette SKUs in select market. And we are making adjustments to some product to reflect the availability of specific material. The reorganization of supply chain flows will contribute to the later timing of shipment to certain markets. We notably expect Q2 to be impacted by a number of temporary or specific factors, including the reversal of certain Q1 timing benefit organic pro forma net revenue growth is expected to be low-single digit with other multiple factors, including the delayed timing of HTU and cigarette shipment to Japan with an approximate 2 point drag on growth and a further impact from the shift to hyper-inflationary accounting in Turkey where the Q2 exchange rate comparison is accentuated.

We expect total PMI pro forma HTU shipment of around 20 billion in Q2, partly reflecting around 3 billion less SKU shipment to Japan than originally planned. This compared to 18.7 billion pro forma in Q2 2021. We expect these 3 billion unit to move to H2 generating a further growth acceleration in the third and fourth quarters. For Q2 pro forma operating margin the dip [Technical Issues]

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Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Currency-neutral growth of 5% to 7% compared to $2.86 in the prior year. In combination with our strong first quarter, H1 pro forma top-line performance is expected to deliver organic growth of 5% to 7% overall. In H2 the powerful drivers of pricing, scale, and efficiencies and the receding of temporary cost headwinds should outweighed inflationary pressures to deliver strong top line growth, organic margin expansion and an acceleration in bottom-line growth.

Our strong 2022 outlook places us firmly on track to deliver our 2021-2023 CAGR target on a pro forma basis of more than 5% in organic net revenue growth and more than 90% in currently — in currency-neutral adjusted EPS growth.

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Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Of the $2.1 billion of Q1 RRP pro forma net revenue, reflecting higher year-over-year device volume as supply constraints ease and ILUMA perform strongly. We delivered organic growth of plus 10% in Q1 pro forma net revenue on shipment volume growth of plus 4.9%. This growth reflects the twin-engine driving our top line. The first is pricing led by combustible. The second is increasing mix of reduced risk product in our business at higher net revenue per unit, which continue to deliver substantial growth and increasingly powerful driver as our transformation accelerates.

Let’s now turn to the drivers of our Q1 pro forma OI margin, which declined by 40 basis points. Our pro forma gross margin decreased organically by 250 basis points reflecting the factors I mentioned earlier. Conversely, our pro forma adjusted marketing administration and research costs were 210 basis points better organically, due to the positive operating leverage of IQOS growth and successful cost efficiency programs.

We generated around $180 million in gross cost savings in the first quarter with around $80 million in COGS productivity and $100 million from SG&A. This makes over $1 billion since the start of 2021 already over halfway towards our target of around $2 billion for ’21-23. This allows us to invest in top-line growth and mitigate inflationary pressures, while continuing to deliver solid margin progression. We continue to accelerate investment in our commercial programs, digital engine and R&D, as well as a number of growth opportunities across categories and geographies. As reflected in our full year guidance, we expect our operating margin progression to improve over the course of the year as temporary headwinds and tough comparisons ease.

Our convertible portfolio performed well in Q1 with robust pro forma growth in volume and organic net revenues. This notably reflects a further recovery in Indonesia and the Philippines, supporting an expectation of organic net revenue growth and broadly stable volume in our South and Southeast Asia region this year. Increased travel also supported volume growth in Spain and Duty Free. Our share of the combustible category continued to recover with a plus 0.4 pro forma gain in Q1 on a year-over-year basis. This includes gain in Japan, Turkey and Duty Free as our portfolio initiatives bear fruit and social consumption resumes with Marlboro share 0.3 points higher. While the category is declining over time, our leadership in combustibles helps to maximize switching to smoke-free products, and we continue to target a stable category share over time, despite the impact of IQOS cannibalization.

In terms of our overall market share, ongoing gains for our IQOS portfolio create continued positive momentum. We delivered pro forma share growth in Q1 as expected, including gains in Italy, Duty Free, Egypt, Germany and Poland. PMI HTUs are now the second-largest nicotine brand in the markets where they are present, with a 7.5% share excluding Russia and Ukraine. This includes the number one position in six markets.

Moving now to IQOS performance, we estimate there were approximately 17.9 million IQOS users as of March 31st, excluding Russia and Ukraine which had an estimated 4.8 million users at December 31, 2021. This reflects pro forma growth of more than 1 million users, a phenomenal performance by historic standards. This was driven by the resumption of consumer programs in many markets as device supply constraints receded, capitalizing on the strong underlying demand for the brand, as also evident in the very impressive start of IQOS ILUMA.

We estimate that 71% of total IQOS users outside Russia and Ukraine or 12.7 million adult smokers have switched to IQOS and stopped smoking, with the balance in various stages of conversion. We were also very encouraged by the FDA’s recent MRTP order for IQOS 3, with the full range of authorized IQOS products now classified as modified risk tobacco products.

In the EU Region, first-quarter HTU share reached 7.6% of total cigarette and HTU industry volume, representing a first quarter share gain of 2.0 points, including a small benefit from the timing of inventory movement. Adjusted IMS volumes also continue to exhibit robust sequential growth, and we expect this to continue in the second quarter, noting that the usual seasonality of the combustible market combined with the reversal of Q1 inventory movements is expected to result in a lower sequential share in Q2. This very good performance include strong user and volume growth across

The region, with especially notable contributions from Italy and Poland. I also want to again highlight Hungary and Lithuania where our Q1 national HTU share exceeded 25%.

To give some further color on our progress in the EU Region, this slide shows a selection of the latest key city offtake shares. While Vilnius continues to lead the way, approaching 40% share, Budapest, Rome and Athens are also well into the mid-to-high 20s. Elsewhere, we are especially pleased by Vienna more than doubling to 5%, the strong traction in London at over 6% share, and a further acceleration in Zurich with the introduction of ILUMA.

In Japan, the adjusted share for our HTU brands increased by 1.9 points to a record 22.7% in Q1. This performance reflects the strength of our portfolio and the launch of IQOS ILUMA, which is also driving notable gains in Tokyo and other key cities. We expect strong offtake trends to continue in Q2, reaching around 24% market share, despite seasonality effects. Conversely, as I touched on earlier, supply chain constraints will likely result in Q2 HTU shipments below the prior year. With HTU inventories consequently reduced in the second quarter, we expect the replenishment in H2 to deliver a substantial recovery. Notwithstanding such quarterly volatility, with substantial commercial activity planned and excellent underlying momentum, we expect strong double-digit HTU shipment volume growth in Japan this year.

In addition to strong progress in developed countries, we see very promising IQOS growth in low and middle income market. The share of our HTU brands in the 28 such markets launched by December 31, 2021, excluding Russia and Ukraine, grew by plus 0.8 points compared to the prior year to reach 2.7%. Given the large size of these markets, the premium position of the existing IQOS portfolio and the relatively early stage of commercialization, this represents excellent progress. As mentioned last quarter we also intend to bring a new complementary range of heat-not-burn devices and HTUs tailored to emerging markets towards the end of this year.

A prime example of this is Egypt, where offtake exit share in Cairo is approaching 5% within eight months of launch, as compared to total Q1 share of 4.3%. Other notable successes including the recently launched market of Morocco as well as Lebanon, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines, despite pandemic restriction in Manila.

Moving now to IQOS ILUMA, we are delighted to report the further outstanding success since its launch, with sales performance and consumer reactions still exceeding our expectations. In Japan, the uptake of ILUMA devices and consumables among both existing IQOS users and legal-age smokers has been rapid, with more than 30% of the large user base up-trading since the August 2021 launch, and over 20% of sales remain to legal-age smokers new to IQOS. Moreover, the enhanced and consistently high-quality user experience, better reliability and no need for cleaning has led to significant observed increases in conversion rates, retention rates and Net Promoter Score. This bodes well for volumes, with premium-priced TEREA consumables the fastest-growing launch in the smoke-free category, reaching an offtake share of 12% within six months of national launch, overtaking Marlboro Heatsticks and HEETS combined to

Become the number one smoke-free brand.

We now have all three IQOS ILUMA devices in the market following the launch of ILUMA ONE, which provides multiple consecutive use at a more affordable price point. We are also introducing a new HTU brand called SENTIA for use with ILUMA, in select prefectures at a mainline price point comparable to HEETS. Results in Switzerland have again been even more remarkable, with significant sales to new users, and TEREA making up almost two-thirds of HTU sales after only five months of commercialization. Our HTU share growth has accelerated from less than 6% in Q3 to 9% this quarter, with notable success in the German-speaking majority of the country.

Our newest ILUMA launch was in Spain last month. While very early days the signs are also very positive with device sales to new users increasing plus 50% compared to the prior run rate, 10% of existing users upgraded within the first month, and TEREA exiting March at over one quarter of total HTU offtake. These results across 3 markets with differing consumer characteristics and levels of RRP maturity are clearly very encouraging for the wider roll-out of ILUMA around the world. While device supply constraints are easing, the timing of HTU availability for new ILUMA markets has been somewhat delayed given the rapid uptake in the initial markets, and the resulting need for greater supply for each new market than was originally anticipated.

In addition, the cancellation of our investment in the production of TEREA HTUs in our Russian facility has a short-term impact. As a result, further market launches are now mostly expected towards the end of H2. With ILUMA, IQOS 3 DUO and LIL, we now have three heat-not-burn technologies under the IQOS umbrella to serve different consumer needs and segment the market. We have an exciting pipeline of innovation on devices and consumables at different price tiers.

In e-vapor, IQOS VEEV’s promising results in the first group of markets continue. VEEV is a premium proposition, with an average price premium to competitive devices of 20% to 30%, making these results especially encouraging as we pursue a differentiated and profitable category leadership position over time.

We see further success in Italy reaching almost 20% offtake share of closeds-ystem pods, with rapid progress also visible in Croatia within eight months of launch. In the Czech Republic, after some temporary supply disruption at the start of the quarter which affected Q1 share, rapid growth has resumed. VEEV was present in seven markets at March 31st, and we plan to add more this year, with timing subject to device availability. Separately, our relaunched commercialization of nicotine pouches under the Shiro brand in the Nordics is progressing well, with positive consumer feedback.

Moving to sustainability and our ESG priorities, I’m happy to share two important developments published in our 2022 proxy statement. Firstly, our board of directors updated our company’s statement of purpose, expanding it beyond smoke-free, to better reflect the role of wellness and healthcare in our corporate strategy and transformation. Second, the introduction of a bespoke Sustainability Index explicitly links our ESG performance to 30% of long-term compensation. Further details will be

Shared in our Integrated Report on May 17, and further dedicated disclosures.

Product health impact remains one of our most critical ESG priorities, and the growing penetration of smoke-free products around the world is accelerating the end of cigarettes, as legal-age smokers switch to better alternatives. There is a growing body of scientific and real-world evidence of the substantial risk reduction potential of smoke-free products compared with smoking. While challenges in some market are to be expected, we continue to support regulatory and fiscal framework that recognize the positive impact tobacco harm reduction policy can have on public health. A recent example of this is Italy, which has established distinct excise tax categories for heat-not-burn, e-vapor and nicotine pouches.

Thank you. I’ll now turn it back to Jacek.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Emmanuel. Despite the challenges in Russia and Ukraine, we have delivered an excellent start to the year with a strong recovery in IQOS user growth, and exceptional initial results from the groundbreaking innovation of IQOS ILUMA. As we covered recently at CAGNY, we have a rich pipeline of further smoke-free innovations to expand and grow across new and existing categories and geographies.

Our combustible business is now stabilizing category share, despite the impact of IQOS cannabilization, which allows us to accelerate further switching of smokers to better alternatives. We also continue to invest for long-term growth through the development of innovative wellness and healthcare products, which seek to deliver a net positive impact on society. Our 2022 fundamentals are strong, with a pro forma expectation of 4.5% to 6.5% organic net revenue growth and 9% to 11% currency-neutral adjusted diluted EPS growth.

Despite the significant inflationary pressures and disruption in global supply chains affecting H1 and the full year, we also expect our organic OI margin to expand to up by 100 basis points. In addition, we have taken the conservative assumption in our reported guidance of no further contribution from Russia or Ukraine from April 1. Overall, we are very confident in the near and mid-term growth outlook and remain committed to sustainably rewarding shareholders over time as we continue our transformation.

Thank you. We are now happy to answer your questions.

Operator

Thank you. We will now conduct the question and answer…

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Operator, this is Nick. Can I just interrupt for one second. I understand, we had some technical difficulties with the webcast and I apologize for that. The full script and slides are posted on our website. So, please access www.pmi.com and we will correct the replay on the webcast following today’s presentation. So you can go back to the website and if you missed any of the audio sound. But you can get the script and slides on our website. Thank you. Go ahead operator with the questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Our first question comes from Chris Growe with Stifel. Your line is now open.

Chris Growe — Stifel — Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Hi, Chris.

Chris Growe — Stifel — Analyst

Hi, I just wanted to ask if I could, first, as I think about your IQOS guidance for the year and obviously reducing that for Russia and Ukraine, I just wanted to be sure, as you think about — the new guidance incorporates your expectations excluding Russia and Ukraine, is that the only adjustment that you’ve made for volume and that estimate the new 88 billion to 92 billion sticks, is that just taking out your expectation for Russia and Ukraine for this year?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

That’s correct. We’re just talking for the entire year the volumes from Russia and Ukraine. But then, obviously, for the Q1 we recognize what have been sold in both geographies, which is 5 billion. Therefore, on a pro forma for the full year excluding Russia and Ukraine looking into 88 billion to 92 billion. But if you add back the 5 billion which we already sold during the first period, the first quarter, that directly translates to 93 billion-97 billion, which would assume or is assuming that there is no further sales of IQOS as of April 1 in neither Russia nor Ukraine.

Chris Growe — Stifel — Analyst

Got it. Thank you. And then I just wanted to understand a little bit about the second quarter, you’ve talked about higher device shipments in the quarter. I think that’ll be a stronger driver of revenue growth at the same time you have some timing differences, it sounds like at least in Japan where that will weigh on revenue overall. I think you’re expecting more like a low single-digit increase in revenue. So I just want to understand I guess to the degree you can help in terms of the magnitude of those two factors. It sounds like the Japan timing maybe a larger factor on 2Q revenue. And then just to understand also the availability of devices. Is it the second-half when that’s back to like a, I’ll call it full availability of devices? And is that a function of not having devices committed to Russia and Ukraine is providing more availability for the rest of the world, help that clear? Thanks.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Okay. So the first quarter shipments of the devices on the one hand, yes, you’re absolutely right, it contributes to the better help to the global revenue, but remember that the devices are putting a pressure on the margins, right. So that’s started between the devices and the impact on the one hand on the revenue and the margins. The big impact which we expect to have in Q2 is on the supply of the shipments of the consumables. So the heat sticks and TEREA. And as a result, among other constraints on the supply chain of stopping the investment in Russia, we need to resource that missing capacity to our locations and it will take us a while.

And therefore we expect that we will go lower with the inventories in Japan, mainly Japan in order to ensure that on the manufacturing side, the proper resourcing we will have when we expect quite a robust growth on IMS, and the market share. And I think, Emmanuel, on the slide have indicated that we should think we’re aiming at 24% — around 24% market share for the quarter in Japan. So it’s nothing on the consumer level on the offtake level, but we need to do this operations through the inventories in order to resume to the normal course of shipments in the Q3 and Q4. And hence this will drive the better performance and stronger performance in the second half than the first half, which will be what we estimate to be impacted by the Q2 difference in the shipments.

Now with regards to the devices, I mean there is this continuous sale of the devices in the excluded geographies. Right. So it’s not that we stopped selling, we stopped recognizing this whole thing due to the visibility and the other factors, what is happening in Russia and Ukraine. But in reality, we need to keep at least the replacement devices. So it’s not that you can take the volume out of Russia and Ukraine and to redirect them to other locations. We do have actually getting better and better, but not perfect visibility with regards to the device supplies. And remember, we’ve been very cautious about second half of last year. And the moment when we had the better order fulfillment and also better visibility with regards to the future orders for this year, we feel model confident about how we can realize the — fully realize the opportunity of IQOS. So that looks okay it’s not perfect, but I don’t want to misled anybody it’s not perfect, but it’s better than say at the beginning of the year. And you saw it at the moment that we have regained some, have almost full-fledged availability of devices how IQOS could accelerate its growth for the user acquisition and the market share progression in Q1.

So we know that we have it, but everything hinges on a continually and undisturbed uninterrupted supplies of the both devices and heat sticks.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

And Chris maybe just to complement, I think it’s really important that everybody understand the evolution of the gross margin in Q1, Q2 and H1 versus H2. I’m sure you remember that last year, the gross margin in H1 was extremely high, we were at 70%. The gross margin was lower and probably more normative in H2. So what we have seen in Q1 was first of all facing very high comps. I think we’ve been describing in the presentation, the various driver for the 250 basis point reduction in the gross margin. What you can expect for Q2 is this element to continue knowing that the gross margin reference is 70% as well last year in Q2. And on top of it, we will have more device sales even than in Q1, which I think is good news because it shows the success of IQOS.

We have increased air freight cost for the reason that we mentioned and the tension on the supply chain and that’s going to have an impact on the margin. And last element, you have this mix, which is a temporary element of course like air freight, by the way on the fact that the volume will be lower for Japan in Q2 with the recovery and the compensation in H2. And with that, you have the reason for increased pressure gross margin pressure in Q2, but with the compensation that will come in H2.

Chris Growe — Stifel — Analyst

That was great color. Thanks so much.

Operator

We’ll take our next question from Pamela Kaufman with Morgan Stanley. Your line is now open.

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

I have a question on the 2023 outlook and how you’re thinking about your targets for next year, particularly on the HTU side, should we assume a similar reduction to your heated tobacco target as the guidance reduction for this year of about 20%? And given Russia’s significant contribution to the overall IQOS business, how are you adjusting your strategy for achieving your target for 50% of revenue coming from smoke free products by 2025? Thank you.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Well — thank you. We continue with the geographical and portfolio expansion of IQOS in the existing and the new geographies and obviously this we confronted with all the supply chain constraints and availability of devices etc. So I mean we all know this. The good way or one of the way maybe to look at that ’23 target, so I believe you’re referring to the absolute volume target for IQOS is that, okay let’s assume that we don’t have and the lowest assumptions you can make is that we will not realize any further sales as of April 1 in Russia and Ukraine and that’s essentially the floor on that thing. Where do we land? I think everyone annual appreciate we need a little bit of a time to really have the full visibility what’s happening or what we will do with our business and our intentions about exiting Russia and also what’s the — whatever might be the longer-term outlook for our Ukrainian etc. There will be a band in absolute numbers, it’s no questions about it. The way I look into this whole thing we may be in a situation that we’ll deliver this target, but with about a 12 months delay. I mean I am not in a position — my thinking not changed the target just recognized that you maybe need a little bit of additional time to deliver on this start that. All other parameters, the relative growth targets being the top-line, bottom-line and the relative growth of the — or the relative contribution, which is very important target for us of the combustible to combustible business they remain as we have said before. And on that one I’m confident we should be in a position to deliver this. But in absolute volume, yes, I mean we might have a miss. But the way again, sorry for repetition, I look at this, maybe I need a 12 months more to deliver the same target for other geographies and organic growth in existing geographies.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

And Pamela, on your question on how do we get to more than 50% in 2025. I’m sure you’ve seen that in Q1, on a pro forma basis excluding Russia and Ukraine we are a bit below the full perimeter of the Group, but not that much below. So we are at 30% versus around 31%. So, yes, there is a bit more ground to cover to get to 50%. But given the dynamism that we see in our IQOS business and the opportunity we’ve been clearly showing in low-and middle-income country, we think we can catch up and deliver this more than 50%.

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Thanks. And then a question on new IQOS user acquisition, you saw a good recovery this quarter, despite taking out the impact from Russia to 1 million user — over 1 million users. Do you expect to see a similar piece of new user acquisition over the course of the year? And how much of a role did ILUMA play in that, would there be any impact from the supply disruption on the TEREA consumables? [Technical Issues]

Operator

Please standby, we’re having technical difficulties.

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Hello?

Operator

Just one moment, we are experiencing technical difficulties. And we do have a backup line connected now.

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Did you hear my question?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I think your question was, sorry, because we all cut half the sentence. Your question was can we expect the same dynamics of the user acquisition right going forward?

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Yes. Okay.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

So look, I mean above 1 million acquisition this quarter, which show the growth sequentially above close to 1 million acquisition, the Q4. I mean that directly correlated to our availability of devices and a full portfolio of devices. As you know, we also play now the different price segments game we have more expensive devices, mid-price devices, lower-price devices. So as long as we have availability of devices, I actually think that number we should repeat the same sort of the rate, if not actually higher, because you could see from the conversion perspective and the consumer liking measured by NPS and other parameters what we’re offering today that is meeting the consumer expectations. So there’s also bridging somehow to the before questions that once we see the visibility on the device in the next quarter or so and all the dynamics which we can achieve outside the Russia and Ukraine then we would be in a position to revise what actually we will deliver in a year from now in terms of the total IQOS volume.

Pamela Kaufman — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Thank you.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

We will take our next question from Vivian Azer with Cowen. Your line is open.

Vivian Azer — Cowen — Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Hi, good morning, Vivian.

Vivian Azer — Cowen — Analyst

So I wanted to follow up on Japan, I’m just having a hard time reconciling two comments that you guys made. Number one, there was negative device mix in the quarter, but that you had device growth from ILUMA because last quarter, I thought the launch of ILUMA was mix accretive in Japan, so am I misunderstanding something or did something change? Thanks.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

I think that the device mix we’re talking that we’re selling three as of now, three versions of IQOS ILUMA, you have a premium, mid and the lower price, lower price was just introduced now to the market to the consumers. So obviously in the shipments, we already had them in the Q1, because this is all recognized on the shipment. And second is that this device, I mean, the ILUMA ONE, which is the lowest price device goes at attractive price in the market, higher than the competitions, but attractive and lower than the price that we used to have on the one version of IQOS 3 before. So maybe here to Vivian we need to look into.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, Vivian if I may, Emmanuel speaking. It’s a positive in the mix within the device because it come at a higher price. But any growth in device is negative to the mix in term of gross margin because it’s coming with of course a much reduced gross margin versus the consumables. So the more device we sell, you have some impact on the revenue, which is positive, but it has a dilutive impact on the gross margin rate to be very clear.

Vivian Azer — Cowen — Analyst

Understood. I think we had sales graph was the pricing tier. So thank you both for that. For my second question, I was hoping to get some incremental color on Germany, you had meaningful share growth, both on a year-over-year and a sequential basis. Is there anything to call out there from an activation standpoint, because the results were very strong?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

No, this again comes so we had post price increase, post price change environment Germany. The one thing and second is, again, I mean the Germany that benefiting from not the restricted access to the devices. So this again follows the same story that we have a continuous broad range availability of the devices. We can go into the portfolio again and hence the performance. And this is one additional comment I would make here Vivian is that Germany is still running on the IQOS free one version, which is a blade version and the reasons why we went for example to Switzerland with IQOS ILUMA before opening the larger market, which obviously will take a lot of volume of the device is how IQOS ILUMA would to performing in the similar sort of a geography. So I am very pleased with the success so far of IQOS ILUMA in Switzerland, especially the German speaking part because I used this as a — we could use this as the proxy for German on acceleration of the — further acceleration of the growth in Germany.

Now, nothing is certain in life. But I think this is as far as we can read through the consumer reactions in Switzerland.

Vivian Azer — Cowen — Analyst

Understood. Thank you very much.

Operator

We will take our next question from Bonnie Herzog with Goldman Sachs. Your line is now open.

Bonnie Herzog — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Thank you. Hi, everyone.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Bonnie.

Bonnie Herzog — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

I had a few questions on Russia, I guess, I was hoping you could share, maybe just a few more details on your exit from the country and really what the mechanics of that are? I guess, could you help us understand what’s being manufactured in the market currently? And then what about the volume your manufacturing facility in St Petersburg exports? Can you share with us roughly what percentage of the volume is exported? And then where you plan to maybe shift that volume to and when? And I guess I’m just trying to think about all this in terms of any costs associated with that? And then is that being reflected in your guidance?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

So Bonnie, Jacek here. Judging by the number of details, you mentioned in that question you will appreciate how complex the situation is in Russia. So one by one. Russia in terms of the so far production and export allocation was not really that significant. We had a much more significant plans of expanding Russia is that one of the key comp — key suppliers of new IQCS ILUMA and hence our decision to immediately stop that investment as a result of that we created a temporary halt for the rest of the market. Partially for the — for Russia launch of ILUMA which we also canceled, but also that Russia was supposed to contribute to the supply of the ILUMA consumables that are to the heat sticks into other markets, including in Japan. So our first priority how do we can resource that capacity there. Obviously that capacity means that we have an equipment installed in Russia. And we can’t — so we don’t use this equipment today what will happen to the that equipment going forward. We are also working on a certain plans but I would stop here, I will not go into more details.

Now the exit Russia in the orderly manner for us means that we need to reconcile the interest first of all of our shareholders. The employees in Russia and that the ever evolving legislations in Russia puts the significant risk constraints of our ability to outgrow and this is all in the context of the very evolving regulatory environment, both international, it’s obviously the sanctions, but also the legislation in Russia. So if we want to know we have a significant presence in Russia, as we all know, in the market organically build the business over the last 30 years. The 100% business of PMI international. We don’t have any partners contributing to the whole business, we obviously are connected with the local supply chains and wholesale and distribution components but PM Izhora and Philip Morris sales and distribution is 100% Philip Morris business. We have some shareholding in addition to this, we have a key distributor in the market together along with our major taboca company.

And to unwind in orderly manner all the streams, which we have in Russia is a complex endeavor, but we are committed to do so. Hence, our guidance and the decision to look at the PMI as the rest of the business, which is doing absolutely great despite all of the headwinds, which we have and so on. Rather than have polluted with something which we have limited visibility and ability to act accordingly. So I know that my answer have not gave you all clarity, but that is the best which we can say at this moment. I mean, we’re working on exit, but presumably, one of the most complicated transactions in the terms of the history of the group, which we are having from the one.

Bonnie Herzog — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Yes, I can only imagine. I appreciate the color. And just to be clear, just in terms of the exit. Do you have a target date, the full exit of the market that you can share?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Well, we rather not delay beyond what is necessary as long as we satisfy all the teams or the groups if you like. And again I repeat it, I mean our — we have a responsibility to shareholders. But we also have responsibility to employees in Russia. And overall broad group of our stakeholders with the various expectations and try to resolve that equation to the satisfaction of everyone that’s becoming complex exercise. But we are working relentlessly of how to move forward. I mean I would appreciate that if this was any other size of the business and presence in the market things could have looked differently. But this was a very big business for us.

Bonnie Herzog — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

And honestly, that kind of brings me to my second question, as I think about your new pro forma HTU volume guidance of 88 billion to 92 billion units for this year, which is assuming 22% growth at the midpoint. I guess I’d like to understand the key drivers of that since the growth outlook is now I guess above your previous guidance, but Russia really I thought was such an important driver of that and for your future. So I just kind of want to understand what gives you the confidence, especially also on top of the uncertainty related to the semiconductor chip shortage situation? Thanks.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Yes, thank you. So obviously we need to make some or making some general assumptions on the supply chain, as I said earlier, we don’t live today in a perfect visibility for all the remaining quarters of this year, but I think we have enough of the confidence to come up with this pro forma estimate or this pro forma guidance. Now, look, you see that continuous trajectory of IQOS growth in essentially all geographies, including the geographies that historically were a bit tougher for us. We had the progress, but they were not really growing at the group level of the growth and now we see that Japan and few other locations with ILUMA already having a massive acceleration of the growth.

We know what we have in our plans for this thereafter with ILUMA. We also know the IQOS free one we do, which is the currently the mostly sold device also continues to be very attractive. And this is continuously despite the fact that we offering our portfolio both of the devices and the consummables at a significant premium to any other market propositions. I think we’re getting this confidence that IQOS continue the growth and we’re looking forward also to the moment when it will accelerate its growth.

Will IQOS in a near term excluding Russia and Ukraine sorry the rest of the geographies compensate the lack of Russia and Ukraine? I think over a longer period of time we once notice, but in shorter period of time it might a bit challenging. We’re not making any promises at this stage.

Bonnie Herzog — Goldman Sachs — Analyst

Okay, thank you.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Thanks.

Operator

We’ll take our next question from Gaurav Jain with Barclays. Your line is open.

Gaurav Jain — Barclays — Analyst

[Technical Issues]

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Gaurav, we can’t hear you. Could you repeat the question please?

Gaurav Jain — Barclays — Analyst

Sure, is this better?

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Yes, it’s better.

Gaurav Jain — Barclays — Analyst

Sorry about that. So my first question is your guidance on industry volume and your own volume ex-Russia and Ukraine. So it seems to have become better and if I look, especially at your European volumes, they are quite strong. So we have this sort of the macro pressure on consumers and inflationary pressure and Europe might be in recession, not in recession oil price impact. So my question is that why are you seeing stronger volumes? And is it that when cigarette prices historically used to be up 4 in Europe and wage growth was 1 so if cigarettes were becoming less affordable and right now cigarette pricing is still 4 while wage inflation is probably 4 or 5, so cigarettes are actually becoming more affordable and that’s why you are seeing better volume trends?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think we should — I mean we have the information of Q1 that are pointing to this evolution. It is true, Gaurav, that there are no uncertainty on what’s going to be the growth of the global economy in the coming quarters. I suppose there is some trend in the market that our underlying trends in term of demographics and behaviors. Let’s face it there is also still the contribution of rebound after the COVID. So last year was not a normal year, we are becoming much more normal. I’m not saying we’re there yet. I mean, in Duty Free, we’re not, but in other markets, we can hope that for the coming months to be more normal and that’s going to be a positive. So I don’t know what’s going to be the impact of a potential slowdown of the economy. Is it by the way are going to have an impact on volume or more on downtrading and some countries in consumer going for cheaper offering. Today what we see and we’ve been highlighting that is Marlboro recovering market share we see Chesterfield being very successful and we see of course great success with all our IQOS brands.

So that is what is driving for us this outlook for growth in volume. And of course starting Q1 with a very nice growth even if we flag the fact that there were maybe some anticipation. But I think that the Q1 numbers are there. It shows the dynamism that we are seeing in our portfolio.

Gaurav Jain — Barclays — Analyst

Sure. And coming to the EPS guidance and the dividend. So your dividend payout ratio will now be north of 90%. So how does that impact, how you’re thinking about share repurchases? And we keep seeing the cycles with PM every three years, you have massive adverse FX and we go back 10 years, euros used to be 150, yen was 70, then we had one cycle in 2014 and 2017. Now we have another cycle of FX. And clearly a lot of your costs are in Swiss franc and dollar so is there something you can do so that the cost mismatch, the transaction FX mismatch is lesser? And we again get into the situation where dividend payout ratio is becoming very tight.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Well, Gaurav, so yes, of course on the basis of the guidance that we’ve been giving, we would have a payout ratio that would significantly increase versus 2021. I think we’ve shown in the past, the capacity to grow in profit over time and and reduce that. Our objective to go down over time and we didn’t give any kind of precise to go down to 75% is still there. I agree that given the adverse event that we are facing, it’s going to take a bit more time to get there. That’s the case so much, I mean, the currency is playing, but it’s really the accumulation of currency and Russia leaving the perimeter of the group that is driving that situation.

Now on the ForEx there’s two elements. One is the pressure on margin and we continue to work on trying to equalize better the currency in which we’re investing and the currency in which we have our cost. We do that with the supply chain. There are some limitation, because there are a number of things that you buy in dollar, but of course we do that through everything we buy. But there is one element that we kind change that we have limited invoicing in dollar. So when the dollar is going up versus most of the currency that is an impact, which is mechanical and on which there is not much we can do.

So we can work and I think we continue to work on the margin dimension. We cannot work on the fact that we have limited invoicing in dollar.

Gaurav Jain — Barclays — Analyst

Sure. Thanks a lot.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

We will take our next question from Owen Bennett with Jefferies. Your line is now open.

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Owen, do you have a question?

Operator

And it appears Mr. Bennett has dropped. We will go ahead and take our next question from Jared Dinges with JPMorgan. Your line is open.

Jared Dinges — JPMorgan — Analyst

Hi guys. I just wanted to ask about the pricing environment given inflation in places like Europe is reaching levels not seen for a long time. Do you think there could be more of an opportunity to put through additional price increases given you are seeing cost inflation as well on a global basis, especially post Russia and Ukraine? Maybe we can see a bit more of a margin offset.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

We’re taking price increase and price body, the opening of the letter, be the better than we initially thought. We’ll see what the remaining part of the year and especially the second half will bring. When we look at the inflation, I mean, we also have to look of what is the inflation of the material. So like the cost of living and what is the inflation of the income, because we haven’t yet seen the inflation on the income level at the concept level. So we have to find the right spot at the right balance where do we get into this. But in most of the geographies I mean the pricing environment, I would characterize it is getting positive. I mean, Emmanuel, talk about the Indonesia. On the other hand, we have a very strong rebound in volumes in Indonesia and hopefully also Indonesia, which used to be quite important a significant contributor to the pricing will hopefully towards the end of this year or definitely ’23 will resume this pricing contribution.

We had a price increase in Germany flowing through the market, the Philippines, Turkey now goes to the hyper-inflationary accounting, but we’re trying to price it widely. Looking at the inflation as the pressure. But as I said, at the beginning of the year we already started will be ahead of our own expectations pricing variance. So let’s see how this will continue through the year.

Jared Dinges — JPMorgan — Analyst

Got it. And maybe just to follow up on Southeast Asia, clearly it’s a very strong start to the year in terms of volumes, what are your expectations there on the volume side for the rest of the year?

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

There is this continuous — remember this is the part of it, which is still not out of the woods with regards to COVID unfortunately. So the situation is not really — didn’t get back to the pre-COVID side, I believe there is some underlying growth opportunities just by the fact that if they continue to recover from the COVID situation, we should start seeing the continuously better volume. And as I said, I mean we took the price increase in, Philippines, we’re taking the pricing a little bit accelerated in Indonesia, but on the other hand, we are still in the as you remember, Indonesia take a couple of around steps of a price increase to pass on the beginning of the excise increase. So we still need a bit of time to go into the net margin improvement territory. But it’s very much hinges essentially to keep it short on continuous recovery in prices with regards of the COVID situation.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

And Jared, as we said, we expect to grow nicely revenue in the region this year, which would be a very nice evolution.

Jared Dinges — JPMorgan — Analyst

That’s correct. Thanks, guys.

Emmanuel Babeau — Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Thank you. That was the last question, operator.

Operator

And there are no further questions on the line. I will turn the program back over to Nick Rolli for any additional or closing remarks.

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

I think Jacek had some closing remarks.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

Okay, so thank you everyone for your attention and the patients and the quarter was pretty complex and complicated for us and since due to some technical problems the earnings call also can’t however adjusted to the situations in the quarter. I have one on the comment toward everyone I hope is still on the line. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Nick Rolli outstanding contribution to PMI and our former parent company over the past 35 years. And particular as the Vice President, Investor Relations since the 2008 Philip Morris International.

As you all believe will agree with me, he has been a critical contributor through the journey of our company. I know our investors and analysts will join me in congratulating Nick and to wish him all the best for his very well deserved retirement. At the same time I would also like to congratulate James Bushnell on his new role I have a pleasure because I personally was hiring Mr. Bushnell some years ago to PMI in his new role as the successor to Nick Rolli and I believe you would have received the same support and we welcome as Nick Rolli enjoy from you for the last 35 years. So welcome James, and thank you, Nick.

Nick Rolli — Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Communications

Thank you, Jacek. Thank you, Emanuele. Congratulations, James. Thank you all on the call because I know we had some more relationships with many of you and I value that relationship and thank you very much. Thank you. That concludes the call. And again, we apologize for the technical difficulties on my last call. But we’ll will resolve everything and look forward to dealing with your follow-up questions. Thank you very much.

Jacek Olczak — Chief Executive Officer

See you soon, guys. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

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