Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

First quarter 2011 revenues were $260.4 million, compared to $222.1 million for 2010. The Company recorded operating income of $31.5 million for 2011, compared to operating income of $31.0 million for 2010. Net income for 2011 was $19.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $11.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted common share, for 2010.

For the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company’s tobacco business had revenues of $260.4 million, compared to $222.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. Operating income was $36.4 million for the first quarter 2011, compared to $34.9 million for the first quarter of 2010.

Conference Call to Discuss First Quarter 2011 Results

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. (ET) to discuss first quarter 2011 results. Investors can access the call by dialing 800-859-8150 and entering 37413326 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 May 6, 2011 through May 20, 2011. To access the replay, dial 877-656-8905 and enter 37413326 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.
             

VECTOR GROUP LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

Unaudited
 
Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended
March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
 
Revenues* $ 260,378 $ 222,087
 
Expenses:
Cost of goods sold* 205,177 169,911
Operating, selling, administrative and general expenses   23,725     21,158  
Operating income 31,476 31,018
 
Other income (expenses):
Interest expense (24,928 ) (18,805 )
Change in fair value of derivatives embedded within
convertible debt (575 ) (2,714 )
Equity income from non-consolidated real
estate businesses 4,904 4,571
Gain on the sale of investment securities available for sale 13,035 4,664
Gain on liquidation of long-term investment 4,136 -
Gain on sale of townhome 3,135 -
Other, net   839     126  
 
Income before provision for income taxes 32,022 18,860
Income tax expense   12,649     6,922  
 
Net income $ 19,373   $ 11,938  
 
Per basic common share:
 
Net income applicable to common shares $ 0.25   $ 0.16  
 
Per diluted common share:
 
Net income applicable to common shares $ 0.25   $ 0.14  
 
Cash distributions and dividends declared per share $ 0.40   $ 0.38  

*Revenues and Cost of goods sold include excise taxes of $127,634 and $111,193, respectively.

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