Exhibit 99.1


RICHMOND, Va. - October 25, 2018 - Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announces its 2018 third-quarter and nine-months business results and tightens its guidance for 2018 full-year adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS).

“Altria delivered excellent third-quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share growth of 20% and continued to return large amounts of cash to our shareholders. Our tobacco businesses are successfully executing against their strategies, while making strategic investments to drive long-term success,” said Howard Willard, Altria’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe our year-to-date performance positions us well to deliver on our full-year plans. As a result, we are tightening our guidance range to $3.95 to $4.03, representing a growth rate of 16.5% to 19%.”

As previously announced, a conference call with the investment community and news media will be webcast on October 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Access to the webcast is available at www.altria.com/webcasts and via the Altria Investor app.

Altria Headline Financials1
($ in millions, except per share data)
Q3 2018
Change vs.
Q3 2017
Q3 YTD 2018
Change vs.
Q3 YTD 2017
Net revenues
Revenues net of excise taxes
Reported tax rate
(3.9) pp
(6.1) pp
Adjusted tax rate
(12.0) pp
(12.4) pp
Reported diluted EPS
Adjusted diluted EPS
1 “Adjusted” financial measures presented in this release exclude the impact of special items. See “Basis of Presentation” for more information.

Cash Returns to Shareholders
In August 2018, Altria’s Board of Directors (Board) increased the regular quarterly dividend by 14.3% to $0.80 per share. Altria’s current annualized dividend rate is $3.20 per share, representing an annualized dividend yield of 5.2% as of October 19, 2018.
Altria paid over $1.3 billion in dividends in the third quarter.

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The following information was filed by Altria Group, Inc. (MO) on Thursday, October 25, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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