Vector Group Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2011 Financial Results

Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, revenues were $1.133 billion, compared to $1.063 billion for 2010. The increase in revenues in 2011 was primarily due to increased unit sales of approximately 2.7% in 2011 compared to 2010 and increased prices in 2011. The Company recorded operating income of $143.3 million for 2011, compared to operating income of $111.3 million for 2010. Net income for 2011 was $75.0 million, or $0.93 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $54.1 million, or $0.67 per diluted common share, for 2010. The results for 2011 included pre-tax gains from the 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 a loss on extinguishment of debt of $1.2 million. Adjusting for these items, net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $53.3 million or $0.66 per diluted share. The results for 2010 included pre-tax charges of $16.2 million related to litigation judgment expense and another $3.0 million settlement charge and $11.5 million of pre-tax gains from changes in fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt. Adjusting for these items, the Company’s operating income for 2010 would have been $130.5 million and the Company’s net income for 2010 would have been $58.7 million, or $0.73 per diluted common share.

Fourth quarter 2011 revenues were $292.8 million, compared to fourth quarter 2010 revenues of $277.6 million. The increase in revenues in 2011 was primarily due to increased prices in 2011 as unit sales declined by 0.4%. The Company recorded operating income of $36.0 million in the 2011 fourth quarter, compared to operating income of $29.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income for the 2011 fourth quarter was $7.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $12.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share, in the 2010 fourth quarter. 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 these items, net income for the three months ended December 31, 2011 was $11.1 million or $0.14 per diluted share. The results for the three months ended December 31, 2010 included a $1.8 million pre-tax settlement charge and $1.2 million of pre-tax charges from changes in fair value of derivatives embedded within convertible debt. Adjusting for these items, the Company’s operating income for the 2010 fourth quarter would have been $31.1 million and the Company’s net income for the 2010 fourth quarter would have been $13.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted common share.

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