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Vector Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

2013-02-26 16:30 ET - News Release


MIAMI -- (Business Wire)

Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, revenues were $1.085 billion, compared to $1.133 billion for 2011. The decline in revenues in 2012 was primarily due to decreased unit sales of approximately 8.1% in 2012 compared to 2011, which was partially offset by higher pricing. The Company recorded operating income of $154.9 million for 2012, compared to operating income of $143.3 million for 2011. Net income for 2012 was $30.6 million, or $0.35 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $75.0 million, or $0.89 per diluted common share, for 2011. The results for 2012 included pre-tax losses from changes in the fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt of $7.5 million and the acceleration of interest expense of $15.0 million related to the conversion of the Company's convertible debt. Adjusting for these items, net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $43.4 million or $0.50 per diluted common share. The results for 2011 included pre-tax gains from liquidation of long-term investments of $25.8 million, changes in the fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt of $8.0 million and the sales of townhomes of $3.8 million offset by an acceleration of interest expense of $1.2 million. Adjusting for these items, net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $53.3 million or $0.63 per diluted common share. Adjusted EBITDA (as described below and in Table 2 attached hereto) was $171.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to $157.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2011 was primarily attributable to higher margins in the tobacco segment.

Fourth quarter 2012 revenues were $277.6 million, compared to fourth quarter 2011 revenues of $292.8 million. The decline in revenues in 2012 was primarily due to decreased unit sales of approximately 8.6% in 2012 compared to 2011, which was partially offset by higher pricing. The Company recorded operating income of $37.4 million in the 2012 fourth quarter, compared to operating income of $36.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income for the 2012 fourth quarter was $16.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $7.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted common share, in the 2011 fourth quarter. The results for the three months ended December 31, 2012 included a pre-tax gain related to changes in the fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt of $13.5 million. Adjusting for this item, net income for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was $7.8 million or $0.09 per diluted common share. The results for the three months ended December 31, 2011 included pre-tax charges from changes in the fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt of $5.3 million. Adjusting for this item, the Company's net income for the 2011 fourth quarter would have been $11.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted common share. Adjusted EBITDA was $43.2 million for fourth quarter 2012 as compared to $39.5 million for fourth quarter 2011. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the three months December 31, 2012 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2011 was primarily attributable to higher margins in the tobacco segment.

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2012, the Company's tobacco business had revenues of $277.6 million and $1.085 billion, respectively, compared to $292.8 million and $1.133 billion for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2011, respectively. Operating income for the Company's tobacco business was $45.8 million and $176.0 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012, compared to $43.1 million and $164.6 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure that supplements discussions and analysis of its results of operations and enhances an understanding of its operating performance. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA provides investors and analysts with a useful measure of operating results unaffected by differences in capital structures, capital investment cycles and ages of related assets among otherwise comparable companies. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure to review and assess operating performance of the Company's business and management and investors should review both the overall performance (GAAP net income) and the operating performance (Adjusted EBITDA) of the Company's business. While management considers Adjusted EBITDA to be important, it should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as operating income, net income and cash flows from operations. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is susceptible to varying calculations and the Company's measurement of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to those of other companies. Attached hereto as Table 2 is information relating to the Company's Adjusted EBITDA for the years ended December 31, 2012, and 2011 and the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, including a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA for such periods.

Conference Call to Discuss Fourth Quarter and Full Year2012 Results

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. (ET) to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2012 results. Investors can access the call by dialing 800-859-8150 and entering 68635999 as the conference ID number. The call will also be available via live webcast at www.investorcalendar.com. Webcast participants should allot extra time before the webcast begins to register.

A replay of the call will be available shortly after the call ends on February 27, 2013 through March 13, 2013. To access the replay, dial 877-656-8905 and enter 68635999 as the conference ID number. The archived webcast will also be available at www.investorcalendar.com for 30 days.

Vector Group is a holding company that indirectly owns Liggett Group LLC and Vector Tobacco Inc. and directly owns New Valley LLC. Additional information concerning the company is available on the company's website, www.VectorGroupLtd.com.

TABLE 1

VECTOR GROUP LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012   2011 2012   2011
(Unaudited)  
Revenues* $ 277,563   $ 292,827 $ 1,084,546 $ 1,133,380
 
Expenses:
Cost of goods sold* 207,770 228,770 823,452 892,883
Operating, selling, administrative and general expenses 32,427   28,034   106,161   97,176  
Operating income 37,366 36,023 154,933 143,321
 
Other income (expenses):
Interest expense (31,435 ) (25,275 ) (110,102 ) (100,706 )
Change in fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt 13,544 (5,264 ) (7,476 ) 7,984
Acceleration of interest expense related to debt conversion (14,960 ) (1,217 )
Equity income from non-consolidated real estate businesses 8,795 2,369 29,764 19,966
Equity (loss) income on long-term investments (56 ) 231 (1,261 ) (859 )
Gain on sale of investment securities available for sale 2,699 1,640 23,257
Gain on liquidation of long-term investments 25,832
Gain on sales of townhomes 121 3,843
Other, net 323   1,385   1,179   1,736  
 
Income before provision for income taxes 28,537 12,289 53,717 123,157
Income tax expense 12,052   4,492   23,095   48,137  
 
Net income $ 16,485   $ 7,797   $ 30,622   $ 75,020  
 
Per basic common share:
 
Net income applicable to common shares $ 0.19   $ 0.09   $ 0.35   $ 0.89  
 
Per diluted common share:
 
Net income applicable to common shares $ 0.14   $ 0.09   $ 0.35   $ 0.89  

 

Cash distributions and dividends declared per share $ 0.40   $ 0.38   $ 1.54   $ 1.47  

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* Revenues and Cost of goods sold include excise taxes of $128,746, $140,924, $508,027 and $552,965, respectively.

 

TABLE 2

VECTOR GROUP LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA

(Dollars in Thousands)

 
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012   2011 2012   2011
(Unaudited)  
Net income $ 16,485   $ 7,797 $ 30,622 $ 75,020
Interest expense 31,435 25,275 110,102 100,706
Income tax provision 12,052 4,492 23,095 48,137
Depreciation and amortization 2,660   2,676   10,608   10,607  
EBITDA $ 62,632 $ 40,240 $ 174,427 $ 234,470
Change in fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt (a) (13,544 ) 5,264 7,476 (7,984 )
Gain on liquidation of long-term investments (b) (25,832 )
Equity income (loss) on long-term investments (c) 56 (231 ) 1,261 859
Gain on sale of investment securities available for sale (2,699 ) (1,640 ) (23,257 )
Equity income from non-consolidated real estate businesses (d) (8,795 ) (2,369 ) (29,764 ) (19,966 )
Gain on sales of townhomes (121 ) (3,843 )
Acceleration of interest expense related to debt conversion 14,960 1,217
Stock-based compensation expense (e) 3,129 806 5,563 3,183
Other, net (323 ) (1,428 ) (1,179 ) (1,779 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 43,155   $ 39,462   $ 171,104   $ 157,068  

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    a.   Represents income or losses realized as a result of changes in the fair value of the derivatives embedded in our convertible debt.
b. Represents gains recognized in connection with the liquidation of two of our long-term investments.
c. Represents income or losses recognized on long-term investments that we account for under the equity method.
d. Represents equity income realized from our investment in certain real estate businesses that are not consolidated in our financial results.
e. Represents amortization of certain stock-based compensation.

Contacts:

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Paul Caminiti/Jonathan Doorley/Emily Deissler
212-687-8080

Source: Vector Group Ltd.

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