CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Statements included in this communication that are not historical in nature, including financial estimates and statements as to regulatory approvals and the expected timing, completion and effects of the proposed transactions (the Proposed Transactions), relating to the consummation of the previously announced Proposed Transactions with Reynolds American, Lorillard, Inc. (Lorillard), Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (Imperial) and British American Tobacco p.l.c., constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this communication and in documents incorporated by reference, forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the benefits of the Proposed Transactions, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, expectations, beliefs, intentions and future strategies, and other statements that are not historical facts, that are signified by the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “possible,” “potential,” “should” and similar expressions. These statements regarding future events or the future performance or results of the combined company inherently are subject to a variety of risks, contingencies and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those described in or implied in the forward-looking statements.
Among the risks, contingencies and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements or could result in the failure of the Proposed Transactions to be consummated or, if consummated, could have an adverse effect on the results of operations, cash flows and financial position of Reynolds American, are the following: the failure to obtain necessary shareholder approvals for the Proposed Transactions; the failure to obtain necessary regulatory or other approvals for the Proposed Transactions; the failure to satisfy required closing conditions or consummate the Proposed Transactions in a timely manner; the occurrence of any event giving rise to the right of a party to terminate a Proposed Transaction; the obligation to consummate the Proposed Transactions even if financing is not available or is available on terms other than those currently anticipated, including financing less favorable to Reynolds American than its current commitments, due to the absence of a financing condition in connection with the Lorillard transaction; the possibility of selling the brands and other assets currently expected to be divested or which otherwise might be divested on terms less favorable than the Imperial transaction, due to the absence of a condition in connection with the Lorillard transaction that the Imperial transaction be consummated; the obligation to consummate the Proposed Transactions even if there are adverse governmental developments with respect to menthol in cigarettes; the possibility of management distraction as a result of the Proposed Transactions; the failure to realize projected synergies and other benefits from the Proposed Transactions; Reynolds American’s obligations to indemnify Imperial for specified matters and to retain certain liabilities related to the divested brands and other assets; and the effect of the announcement of the Proposed Transactions on the ability to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel, maintain relationships with suppliers, and on operating results and businesses generally. Discussions of additional risks, contingencies and uncertainties are contained in Reynolds American’s and Lorillard’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC).
Due to these risks, contingencies and other uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of such statements. Except as provided by federal securities laws, Reynolds American is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC
Reynolds American will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include the Joint Proxy Statement of Reynolds American and Lorillard that also constitutes a prospectus of Reynolds American. Reynolds American and Lorillard plan to mail to their respective shareholders the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus in connection with the Proposed Transactions. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REYNOLDS AMERICAN, LORILLARD, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Reynolds American and Lorillard through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Reynolds American by contacting Reynolds American Investor Relations at email@example.com or by calling (336)741-5165 or at Reynolds American’s website at www.reynoldsamerican.com, and will be able to obtain free copies of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Lorillard by contacting Lorillard Investor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (336)335-7000 or at Lorillard’s website at www.lorillard.com.
NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the acquisition, the merger or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
Reynolds American and Lorillard and certain of their respective directors and executive officers and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies from the respective shareholders of Reynolds American and stockholders of Lorillard in respect of the Proposed Transactions contemplated by the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the respective shareholders of Reynolds American and stockholders of Lorillard in connection with the Proposed Transactions, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. Information regarding Reynolds American’s directors and executive officers is contained in Reynolds American’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, which is filed with the SEC. Information regarding Lorillard’s directors and executive officers is contained in Lorillard’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, which is filed with the SEC.