Philip Morris International Inc. (PM – Free Report) reported weaker-than-expected first-quarter 2017 results, wherein both earnings and revenues lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Shares were down 3.4% in the pre-market trading. The weak results were primarily due to lower cigarette volume and certain timing factors.

Adjusted earnings per share of 98 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.03 by 4.85% in first-quarter 2017. However, it was flat from the year-ago quarter. While the company benefited from strong pricing, lower cigarette volumes related to low-price brands in specific markets however led to the decline. Notably, currency did not impact earnings in the quarter.

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Revenues & Margins

Net revenue, excluding excise taxes, was $6.1 billion, which was down 0.3% (up 1.7% excluding unfavorable currency of $120 million) in the first quarter. Revenues were way behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.4 billion by 5.6%. Revenues benefited from favorable pricing across all regions, especially Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EEMA) and Asia, but were partly offset by unfavorable volume/mix in the regions of European Union (EU), EEMA and Latin America & Canada.

Revenues from combustible products declined 6.6% (down 4.3% excluding negative currency) to $5.6 billion. On the contrary, Reduced Risk Products (RRPs) reported a whooping increase from last year quarter, stemming from the shift of customer preference away from tobacco products.

Total cigarette and heated tobacco unit shipment volume fell 9.4% to 178.0 billion units, due to a tough year-over-year comparison as well as low-price volumes in specific markets, including Pakistan and Philippines. Last year, the results were benefited from the favorable estimated impact of the leap year.

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