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Philip Morris Meeting Mixes Tobacco Profit and Protests

It was a meeting of big numbers.

Philip Morris International emphasized its 2008 profit: $16.3 billion on the sale of 850 billion cigarettes outside the United States.

But antitobacco advocates in the audience chose to cite the estimated 5.4 million people around the globe who died last year from smoking-related causes.

The meeting in Midtown Manhattan was the first annual shareholder event since Philip Morris split off its international unit last year as a separate business from the American tobacco operations.

Louis C. Camilleri, the chairman of Philip Morris International, noted that profits rose from a range of price increases, even as sales of cigarette units were virtually flat. Highlighting figures previously released, Mr. Camilleri said the company’s revenue was up 6.6 percent last year, to $25.7 billion, excluding excise taxes.

“We have demonstrated our ability to use pricing in order to improve profitability even in recessionary times,” Mr. Camilleri said. First-quarter 2009 sales increased another 6.3 percent, he said, “driven by price increases across a broad range of markets.”

While many in the audience of about 200 shareholders seemed pleased with the data, about 30 dissidents in the room used the event to protest smoking’s toll.

One woman asked for a minute of silence for people who died last year from smoking-related causes.

The ballroom fell silent.

Then Mr. Camilleri said, “Thank you” and took the next question, from a supportive shareholder, whom he promised handsome dividends. He said the company, midway through a two-year, $13 billion share repurchase program, would return more than 65 percent of earnings to stockholders this year.

During the meeting, six people in the audience, their heads covered with black hoods, held signs about the death toll from smoking.

Among items up for vote, shareholders approved Mr. Camilleri’s eligibility for $9.4 million in incentive pay for 2008, making his total compensation $32 million, up from the $24 million in compensation Mr. Camilleri made the previous year, as chairman of Philip Morris’s parent, Altria.

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