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Philip Morris International Inc.
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
Altria Group, Inc.
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Constellation Brands, Inc.
MGM Resorts International
Wynn Resorts, Limited
Molson Coors Beverage Company
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Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Boyd Gaming Corporation
Red Rock Resorts, Inc.
RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc.
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The lawsuit was filed by law firm Morgan & Morgan, whose lawyer John Yanchunis has also represented some Yahoo users in a breach of 3 billion accounts between 2013 and 2016. MGM Resorts said on Thursday that last summer it "discovered unauthorized access to a cloud server that contained a limited amount of information for certain previous guests". Technology website ZDNet reported that the personal details of more than 10.6 million guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels were published on a hacking forum this week.
The company is selling off a controlling stake in Victoria’s Secret and losing its longtime CEO Leslie Wexner, That should allow it to focus on its successful Bath & Body Works brand.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether the Marlboro maker adequately disclosed the risks to its shareholders when it spent $12.8 billion in 2018 for a 35% stake in the start-up, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Friday. The SEC has issued subpoenas to Juul and the e-cigarette maker has responded, according to the person familiar with the matter. Juul has turned over documents including correspondence with Altria and financial projections Juul shared with Altria before the deal, the person said.
(Bloomberg) -- Altria Group Inc. shares dipped Friday after a report in the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had opened a probe into the cigarette maker’s $12.8 billion investment into vaping company Juul Labs Inc.Shares of Altria closed Friday at $45.89 in New York, up 0.7% after gaining as much as 1.4% earlier in the day. The Journal said the SEC is probing whether Altria adequately disclosed the risks of the investment. The tobacco company has written its position down to $4.2 billion amid new restrictions on Juul’s business and scrutiny over whether the vaping company hooked a new generation of young users on nicotine. Judy Burns, an SEC spokeswoman, declined to comment. Representatives for Juul and and Altria declined to comment.Altria invested in Juul in late 2018, valuing the vaping startup at about $38 billion at the time. In announcing the most recent writedown, Altria said it had narrowed the terms of its cooperation with Juul, saying it would no longer give it marketing help and would instead focus solely on assisting Juul through its growing regulatory challenges.Juul can only keep selling its products in the U.S. if it submits an application to the Food and Drug Administration by May 12 -- and if the agency eventually approves it.Altria has been “highly disappointed” in its Juul investment, CEO Howard Willard said in January. When the tobacco giant first made its investment, “Juul was the market share leader and market growth leader” in vaping, he said.K.C. Crosthwaite, a former Altria executive who is now Juul’s CEO, has said that he is focused on building the e-cigarette maker for the long-term by preparing premarket tobacco product applications to earn authorization in the U.S. Juul’s latest internal valuation has put the company’s value at about $20 billion, according to an internal memo sent to staff and described to Bloomberg News.To contact the reporter on this story: Drew Armstrong in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Drew Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Alongside the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Swiss watchmaker Chopard was a newer name: IQOS, a "reduced risk" heated-tobacco device sold by cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. Across Europe, Asia and South America, the tobacco firm has affixed the IQOS brand to music festivals and art exhibits. Throughout Europe, it has partnered with "IQOS friendly" bars and restaurants - closed to cigarettes but open to IQOS.
Pernod Ricard, the maker of Jameson whiskey and Absolut vodka, cut its annual profit growth outlook for 2019-2020 on Thursday, as it said China’s coronavirus epidemic was likely to have a “severe” impact on its third-quarter performance. The French spirits maker, which generates 10% of its global sales in China, said it couldn't predict the “duration and extent of the impact,” but stressed it remained confident on overall strategy. “In our view Pernod Ricard deserves credit for attempting to quantify the impact, which few other companies we follow have done,” said James Edwardes Jones, analyst at RBC Capital Markets.
Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has been downgraded by JP Morgan over intensifying competition from hard seltzer in the U.S. and the impact of the coronavirus.
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Alongside fashionable brand names like Mercedes-Benz and Chopard on the red carpet backdrop at Germany's Bambi Awards last year: IQOS. That's Philips Morris' alternative cigarette that heats up but doesn't burn ground-up tobacco. A study by tobacco researchers at Stanford University says such promotions are part of the company's "normalization" strategy. That strategy, it says, aims to scrub the company's image as a maker of cigarettes that cause cancer ... and market its smoking alternatives as youthful, upscale lifestyle products. The Stanford professor who led the study says Philip Morris is trying to resurrect the glory era of smoking by associating IQOS with a glamorous and stylish lifestyle. Last year, a Reuters investigation found that Philip Morris had used young online personalities to promote IQOS. That prompted the company to admit that it had violated its own policy that prohibits it from using youth-oriented celebrities or models who are or appear to be under 25. But the Stanford study says IQOS marketing continues to substantially stray from those corporate standards by using youth-oriented social media channels, trendy pop music festivals and celebrity influencers. In Israel, the brand was present at a Tel Aviv University student music festival last year where the minimum age for admission was 16. Philip Morris partners with Altria to sell IQOS in about 50 countries including the U.S. They've pledged to regulators that they would market it only to adult smokers. But in other countries, the Stanford study says the company uses what it calls "coaches" and "ambassadors" to market IQOS. In Romania and Russia, THAT MEANS RECRUITING ATTRACTIVE WOMEN AS YOUNG AS 19 TO MARKET THE DEVICE, ACCORDING TO JOB LISTINGS REVIEWED BY REUTERS. Philip Morris did not respond to questions about its business relationships with the establishments that promote the device and display its branding.