SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 11, 2019
ALTRIA GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
6601 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
On February 15, 2019, Altria Group, Inc. (the Company) issued 1,250,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 1.000% Notes due 2023 (the 2023 Notes), 750,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 1.700% Notes due 2025 (the 2025 Notes), 1,000,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 2.200% Notes due 2027 (the 2027 Notes) and 1,250,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 3.125% Notes due 2031 (the 2031 Notes and, together with the 2023 Notes, the 2025 Notes and the 2027 Notes, the Notes). The Notes were issued pursuant to an Indenture (the Indenture), dated as of November 4, 2008, among the Company, Philip Morris USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (PM USA), and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as trustee (the Trustee). Each series of Notes is guaranteed by PM USA. PM USAs guarantees were issued pursuant to the Indenture and are evidenced by guarantee agreements made by PM USA in favor of the Trustee for the Notes (the Guarantee Agreements).
The Notes are the Companys senior unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with all of the Companys existing and future senior unsecured indebtedness. The Guarantee Agreements are PM USAs senior unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with all of PM USAs existing and future senior unsecured indebtedness.
On February 11, 2019, the Company and PM USA entered into a Terms Agreement (the Terms Agreement) with the several underwriters named therein (the Underwriters), pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue and sell the Notes to the Underwriters. The provisions of an Underwriting Agreement, dated as of November 4, 2008 (the Underwriting Agreement), are incorporated by reference in the Terms Agreement.
Interest on the 2023 Notes is payable annually on February 15 of each year, commencing February 15, 2020, to holders of record on the preceding January 31. Interest on the 2025 Notes, the 2027 Notes and the 2031 Notes is payable annually on June 15 of each year, commencing June 15, 2020, to holders of record on the preceding May 31.
The 2023 Notes will mature on February 15, 2023, the 2025 Notes will mature on June 15, 2025, the 2027 Notes will mature on June 15, 2027 and the 2031 Notes will mature on June 15, 2031.
The Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a Prospectus dated October 26, 2017 (Registration No. 333-221133) and a Prospectus Supplement dated February 11, 2019 in connection with the public offering of the Notes.
The descriptions of the Underwriting Agreement, the Terms Agreement and the Guarantee Agreements are qualified in their entirety by the terms of such agreements themselves. Please refer to such agreements and the form of Notes, each of which is incorporated herein by reference and is an exhibit to this report as Exhibits 1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|1.1||Underwriting Agreement, dated November 4, 2008 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 1.1 of the Companys Registration Statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-155009))|
|1.2||Terms Agreement, dated February 11, 2019, among the Company, PM USA and the several underwriters named therein|
|4.1||Guarantee Agreement 1.000% Notes due 2023|
|4.2||Guarantee Agreement 1.700% Notes due 2025|
|4.3||Guarantee Agreement 2.200% Notes due 2027|
|4.4||Guarantee Agreement 3.125% Notes due 2031|
|4.5||Form of 1.000% Notes due 2023|
|4.6||Form of 1.700% Notes due 2025|
|4.7||Form of 2.200% Notes due 2027|
|4.8||Form of 3.125% Notes due 2031|
|5.1||Opinion of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|ALTRIA GROUP, INC.|
|Name:||W. Hildebrandt Surgner, Jr.|
|Title:||Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel|
DATE: February 15, 2019