Altria Financial Data Disclosure
Today, Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) has released its results for the fiscal six month period and the fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2010. Altria's results include a reference to earnings for the quarters and six month periods ended 30 June 2010 and 2009 from Altria's 27.2% economic and voting investment in SABMiller plc, expressed in US GAAP at prevailing exchange rates.
The amount disclosed for the six month period ended 30 June 2010 is US$251 million (six month period ended 30 June 2009: US$323 million). The amount disclosed for the quarter ended 30 June 2010 is US$113 million (quarter ended 30 June 2009: US$217 million). Investors should note that these financial results are derived from management accounts, have not been audited, and may be subject to change. There are a number of differences concerning the timing of recognition of results as well as differences relating to the treatment of exceptional items, the definition of the US GAAP statutory earnings as reported by Altria compared to SABMiller's results as reported under IFRS, as well as the inclusion within Altria's earnings of gains on the dilution of Altria's investment in SABMiller following the issue of new SABMiller shares.
General Counsel and Group Company Secretary
21 July 2010