NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 10, 2009--
Philip Morris International Inc. [NYSE/Euronext Paris: PM] (PMI)
announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 100%
of the shares of privately owned Colombian cigarette manufacturer,
Productora Tabacalera de Colombia, Protabaco Ltda. (Protabaco), for $452
Protabaco is the second largest tobacco company in Colombia, with an
estimated 2008 volume of 6.1 billion cigarettes and an approximate
market share of 31.8%. The Company reported net revenues of
approximately $107.6 million in 2008. Its leading brands include Mustang,
Premier and President.
“We are extremely pleased to reach this agreement with Protabaco in
order to continue to build our business in this important and strategic
market,” said Miroslaw Zielinski, President of PMI’s Latin America and
Canada Region. “This strategically compelling transaction will provide
PMI with an excellent opportunity to further develop Protabaco’s strong
brand portfolio and reflects the continuing confidence we have in the
future of Colombia, its economy and the tobacco industry.”
In 2005, PMI acquired Compañía Colombiana de Tabaco S.A. (Coltabaco).
Since then, PMI has continued to invest in Coltabaco, its employees and
its infrastructure, as well as in social and economic programs in
Colombia, including investments in the tobacco growing sector.
“This is an excellent development for Protabaco and our employees,” said
Jaime Delgado, General Manager Protabaco. “PMI is well known as a
successful manufacturer and marketer of quality tobacco products and we
believe they are in an excellent position to continue to develop our
strong brands and strong organization.”
The transaction, which is subject to competition authority approval and
final confirmatory due diligence, is projected to be immediately
marginally accretive to PMI’s earnings per share and is expected to
close within the next six months.
About Philip Morris International Inc.
Philip Morris International (PMI) [NYSE / Euronext Paris: PM] is the
leading international tobacco company, with seven of the world’s top 15
brands including Marlboro, the number one cigarette brand
worldwide. PMI has more than 75,000 employees and its products are sold
in approximately 160 countries. In 2008, the company held an estimated
15.6% share of the total international cigarette market outside of the
U.S. For more information, see www.pmintl.com.
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