GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE :LO ) today announced that at a special meeting of shareholders held earlier today, the Company's shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposal regarding Lorillard's combination with Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE :RAI ). The final results indicate that more than 98% of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the proposal, representing approximately 80% of all outstanding shares.
"I want to thank our shareholders for their continued support of this transaction, which will not only deliver significant value to Lorillard shareholders, but will also benefit our customers, consumers and employees," said Murray Kessler, Lorillard's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
As previously announced on July 15, 2014, Lorillard's Board of Directors approved a definitive agreement with RAI in which Lorillard shareholders will receive, for each Lorillard share, $50.50 in cash and 0.2909 of a share in RAI at closing. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approval and the additional customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement. Although no assurance can be given if and when the transaction will be completed because it remains subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.
About Lorillard, Inc.
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE :LO ), through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard Tobacco is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard Tobacco's flagship premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard Tobacco product line has four additional cigarette brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard, Inc., through its other subsidiaries, is also a leading global electronic cigarette company, marketed under the blu eCigs brand in the U.S. and U.K. Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, Old Gold and blu eCigs are the registered trademarks of Lorillard and its subsidiaries. Lorillard maintains its corporate headquarters and manufactures all of its traditional cigarette products in Greensboro, North Carolina.
This report contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which represent the current expectations and beliefs of management of Lorillard, Inc. ("Lorillard") concerning the proposed transaction involving Reynolds American Inc. ("Reynolds American") and Lorillard (the "transaction") and other future events and their potential effects on Lorillard, including, but not limited to, statements relating to anticipated financial and operating results, the companies' plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, cost savings and other statements, including words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "will," "should," "may," and other similar expressions. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Lorillard's management, are not guarantees of future results and are subject to a significant number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward looking statements. Those factors include, without limitation: the ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction or to satisfy other conditions to the transaction on the proposed terms and timeframe; the possibility that the transaction does not close when expected or at all, or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the transaction to achieve regulatory approval; the ability to realize the expected synergies resulting from the transaction in the amounts or in the timeframe anticipated; the ability to integrate Lorillard's businesses into those of Reynolds American's in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the impact of regulatory initiatives, including the regulation of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes and a possible ban or regulation of the use of menthol in cigarettes by the Food and Drug Administration, and compliance with governmental regulations; the outcome of pending or future litigation; health concerns, claims, regulations and other restrictions relating to the use of tobacco products and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke; the effect on pricing and consumption rates of legislation, including actual and potential federal and state excise tax increases, and tobacco litigation settlements; continued intense competition from other cigarette and electronic cigarette manufacturers; the continuing decline in volume in the domestic cigarette industry; changes in the price, quality or quantity of tobacco leaf and other raw materials available for use in Lorillard's cigarettes; reliance on a limited number of suppliers for certain raw materials; and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in Lorillard's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including Lorillard's Current Reports on Form 8-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. In particular, we refer you to "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Lorillard's 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 21, 2014, for additional information regarding the risks and uncertainties discussed above as well as additional risks and uncertainties that may affect Lorillard's actual results. The forward-looking statements in this report are qualified by these risk factors. Each statement speaks only as of the date of this report (or any earlier date indicated in this report) and Lorillard undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Investors, potential investors and others should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties.
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