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Loews Corporation Reports Net Income for the First Quarter of 2004

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 29, 2004--Loews Corporation (NYSE:LTR;CG) today reported consolidated net income (including both the Loews Group and Carolina Group) for the 2004 first quarter of $43.6 million, compared to $190.0 million in the 2003 first quarter. Income before net investment losses attributable to Loews common stock amounted to $286.2 million in the first quarter of 2004 compared to $218.3 million in the comparable 2003 quarter. Net income attributable to Loews common stock includes net investment losses of $277.0 million (after tax and minority interest) due primarily to an impairment loss of $368.3 million (after tax and minority interest) for CNA's planned sale of its individual life insurance business, compared to net investment losses of $56.6 million (after tax and minority interest) in the comparable period of the prior year. The life business sale is expected to provide additional statutory capital of approximately $500.0 million to CNA.

Results for 2004 reflect improved underwriting performance for the property and casualty operations of CNA Financial, the Company's 91% owned subsidiary, and income contribution from Texas Gas, which was acquired in May of 2003.

Net income and earnings per share information attributable to Loews common stock and Carolina Group stock is summarized in the table below.


                                                 Three Months Ended
                                                       March 31,
                                                 --------------------
 (In millions, except per share data)                 2004      2003
                                                 --------------------

Net income attributable to Loews common stock:
   Income before net investment losses            $  286.2  $  218.3
   Net investment losses (a)                        (277.0)    (56.6)
                                                 --------------------
   Income from continuing operations                   9.2     161.7
   Discontinued operations-net                           -      (0.3)
                                                 --------------------
 Net income attributable to Loews common stock         9.2     161.4
 Net income attributable to Carolina Group stock      34.4      28.6
                                                 --------------------
 Consolidated net income                          $   43.6  $  190.0
                                                 ====================

 Net income per share:
   Loews common stock                             $   0.05  $   0.87
   Carolina Group stock                           $   0.59  $   0.72


    (a) Includes an impairment loss of $368.3 (after tax and minority
        interest) in 2004 related to CNA's planned sale of its
        individual life insurance business.

Net income attributable to Loews common stock for the first quarter of 2004 amounted to $9.2 million or $0.05 per share, compared to $161.4 million or $0.87 per share in the comparable period of the prior year.

Net income attributable to Carolina Group stock for the first quarter of 2004 was $34.4 million or $0.59 per Carolina Group share, compared to $28.6 million, or $0.72 per Carolina Group share in the first quarter of 2003. The Company is issuing a separate press release reporting the results of the Carolina Group for the quarter ended March 31, 2004 and 2003.

Consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2004 amounted to $3.5 billion compared to $3.9 billion in the comparable 2003 quarter. The decline in revenues reflects CNA's sale of its Group Benefits business and the impact of the planned sale of the individual life insurance business.

At March 31, 2004, the book value per share of Loews common stock was $61.23, compared to $60.92 at December 31, 2003.

At March 31, 2004, there were 185,486,300 shares of Loews common stock outstanding and 57,966,750 shares of Carolina Group stock outstanding. Depending on market conditions, the Company from time to time purchases shares of its, and its subsidiaries', outstanding common stock in the open market or otherwise.

The Company has two classes of common stock, Carolina Group stock, a tracking stock intended to reflect the economic performance of a group of the Company's assets and liabilities, called the Carolina Group, principally consisting of the Company's subsidiary Lorillard, Inc. and Loews common stock, representing the economic performance of the Company's remaining assets, including the interest in the Carolina Group not represented by Carolina Group Stock. At March 31, 2004, the outstanding Carolina Group stock represents a 33.43% economic interest in the economic performance of the Carolina Group.

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, April 29, 2004. A live broadcast of the call will be available online at the Loews Corporation website (www.loews.com). Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (877) 692-2592. An online replay will be available at the Company's website following the call.

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results of CNA has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, April 29, 2004. A live broadcast of the call will be available online at the CNA website (http://investors.cna.com). Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (800) 474-8920. An online replay will be available at CNA's website following the call.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements contained in this press release which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and subject to a variety of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected by management of the Company and CNA. A discussion of the important risk factors and other considerations that could materially impact these matters as well as the Company's overall business and financial performance can be found in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and readers of this release are urged to review those reports carefully when considering these forward-looking statements. Copies of these reports are available through the Company's website (www.loews.com). Given these risk factors, investors and analysts should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.


Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Financial Review

                                        Three Months Ended March 31,
                                        ----------------------------
                                               2004         2003 (a)
                                        ----------------------------
                                        (Amounts in millions, except
                                                per share data)



Revenues:
Insurance premiums and net investment
 income (b)                               $   2,244.4   $   2,741.2
Manufactured products (c)                       808.2         884.0
Other                                           438.6         320.6
                                        ----------------------------
Total                                         3,491.2       3,945.8
                                        ----------------------------

Expenses:
Insurance claims & policyholders'
 benefits                                     1,620.3       1,869.8
Cost of manufactured products sold (c)          487.5         481.2
Other (d)                                     1,305.2       1,312.4
                                        ----------------------------
Total                                         3,413.0       3,663.4
                                        ----------------------------

                                                 78.2         282.4
                                        ----------------------------

Income tax expense                               45.4          93.1
Minority interest                               (10.8)         (1.0)
                                        ----------------------------
Total                                            34.6          92.1
                                        ----------------------------

Income from continuing operations                43.6         190.3
Discontinued operations-net                         -          (0.3)
                                        ----------------------------
Net income                                 $     43.6    $    190.0
                                        ============================

Net income attributable to:
Loews common stock:
Income from continuing operations          $      9.2    $    161.7
Discontinued operations-net                         -          (0.3)
                                        ----------------------------
Loews common stock                                9.2         161.4
Carolina Group stock (e)                         34.4          28.6
                                        ----------------------------
                                           $     43.6    $    190.0
                                        ============================

Income per share of Loews common stock (f)
Income from continuing operations          $     0.05    $     0.87
Discontinued operations                             -             -
                                        ----------------------------
Net income                                 $     0.05    $     0.87
                                        ============================

Net income per share of Carolina Group
 stock (f)                                 $     0.59    $     0.72
                                        ============================

Weighted number of shares outstanding:
Loews common stock                             185.47        185.45
Carolina Group stock                            57.97         39.91

(a) Amounts have been reclassified to discontinued operations as a
    result of the sale of a hotel property in 2003.
(b) Includes investment losses of $416.2 (including an impairment loss
    of $565.9 related to CNA's planned sale of its individual life
    insurance business) and $95.6 for the respective periods.
(c) Includes excise taxes of $156.1 and $156.9 paid on sales of
    manufactured products for the respective periods.
(d) Includes a $28.0 charge ($17.1 after taxes) in 2003 to resolve
    indemnification claims and trademark matters in connection with
    the 1977 sale by Lorillard of its international business.
(e) Represents 33.43% and 23.01% of the economic interest in the
    Carolina Group for the three months ended March 31, 2004 and 2003.
(f) Earnings per common share-assuming dilution is not presented
    because securities that could potentially dilute basic earnings
    per common share in the future would have been insignificant or
    antidilutive for the periods presented.



Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Additional Financial Information

                                      Three Months Ended March 31,
                                   --------------------------------
                                            2004            2003
                                   --------------------------------
                                              (in millions)

Revenues:
CNA Financial                          $   2,722.6     $   2,921.6
Lorillard (a)                                775.7           851.9
Loews Hotels                                  80.7            73.0
Diamond Offshore                             185.9           152.0
Texas Gas                                     86.0               -
Investment income-net and other (b)           56.5            42.9
                                   --------------------------------
                                           3,907.4         4,041.4
                                   --------------------------------
Investment (losses) gains:
CNA Financial (c)                           (455.0)          (76.1)
Corporate and other                           38.8           (19.5)
                                   --------------------------------
                                            (416.2)          (95.6)
                                   --------------------------------
Total                                  $   3,491.2    $    3,945.8
                                   ================================

Income Before Taxes:
CNA Financial                          $     289.1    $      184.1
Lorillard (e) (f)                            152.4           203.9
Loews Hotels                                  11.3             8.5
Diamond Offshore                             (16.1)          (28.8)
Texas Gas                                     43.1               -
Investment income-net and
 other (b)(d)                                (41.8)          (36.8)
                                   --------------------------------
                                             438.0           330.9
                                   --------------------------------
Investment (losses) gains:
CNA Financial (c)                           (455.0)          (76.1)
Corporate and other                           38.8           (19.2)
                                   --------------------------------
                                            (416.2)          (95.3)
                                   --------------------------------

Loews common stock                            21.8           235.6
Carolina Group stock (g)                      56.4            46.8
                                   --------------------------------
Total                                   $     78.2      $    282.4
                                   ================================

Net Income:
CNA Financial                           $    194.2      $    123.4
Lorillard (e) (f)                             93.0           124.8
Loews Hotels                                   6.9             5.4
Diamond Offshore                              (6.9)          (12.1)
Texas Gas                                     26.0               -
Investment income-net and other (b)
 (d)                                         (27.0)          (23.2)
                                   --------------------------------
                                             286.2           218.3
                                   --------------------------------
Investment (losses) gains:
CNA Financial (c)                           (302.2)          (43.9)
Corporate and other                           25.2           (12.7)
                                   --------------------------------
                                            (277.0)          (56.6)
                                   --------------------------------

Income from continuing operations              9.2           161.7
Discontinued operations-net                      -            (0.3)
                                   --------------------------------
Loews common stock                             9.2           161.4
Carolina Group stock (g)                      34.4            28.6
                                   --------------------------------
              Total                     $     43.6     $     190.0
                                   ================================

(a) Includes excise taxes of $156.1 and $156.9 paid on sales of
    manufactured products for the respective periods.

(b) Consists primarily of corporate investment income, interest
    expenses, the operations of Bulova Corporation and other
    unallocated expenses.

(c) Includes an impairment loss of $565.9 ($368.3 after tax and
    minority interest) related to CNA's planned sale of its individual
    life insurance business for the three months ended March 31, 2004.

(d) Includes additional interest expense of $17.0 ($11.1 after taxes)
    for the the three months ended March 31, 2004 related to charges
    from the April 12, 2004 early redemption of $300.0 principal
    amount of the Company's 7.625% notes.

(e) The Loews Group's intergroup interest in the earnings of the
    Carolina Group declined from 76.99% in 2003 to 66.57% in 2004 due
    to the sale of Carolina Group stock by Loews in November of 2003.

(f) Includes a $28.0 charge ($17.1 after taxes) in 2003 to resolve
    indemnification claims and trademark matters in connection with
    the 1977 sale by Lorillard of its international business.

(g) Represents 33.43% and 23.01% of the economic interest in the
    Carolina Group for the three months ended March 31, 2004 and 2003.

Carolina Group Reports Net Income for the First Quarter of 2004

NEW YORK--April 29, 2004--Loews Corporation (NYSE:LTR) today reported Carolina Group net income for the 2004 first quarter of $103.0 million, compared to $124.4 million in the 2003 first quarter. Net income for the first quarter of 2003 included a $28.0 million charge ($17.1 million after taxes) to resolve indemnification claims and trademark matters in connection with the 1977 sale by Lorillard of its international business. Net income attributable to Carolina Group stock (NYSE:CG) for the first quarter of 2004 was $34.4 million, or $0.59 per share of Carolina Group stock, compared to $28.6 million, or $0.72 per share in the prior year.

The increase in net income attributable to Carolina Group stock for the first quarter of 2004, as compared to the corresponding period of the prior year, reflects the sale by Loews Corporation of 18,055,000 shares of Carolina Group stock in November of 2003, partially offset by the lower overall results of the Carolina Group. Net income per share of Carolina Group stock was not impacted by the sale of Carolina Group stock in November of 2003. Carolina Group stock represents a 33.43% and 23.01% economic interest in the Carolina Group for the three months ended March 31, 2004 and 2003, respectively.

Net sales for the Carolina Group were $767.9 million in the first quarter of 2004, compared to $844.2 million in the 2003 first quarter. The decline in net sales reflects increased sales promotion expenses and a decrease in unit sales volume of 1.4%.

Net income attributable to the Loews Group intergroup interest for the first quarter of 2004 amounted to $68.6 million, compared to $95.8 million in the comparable period of the prior year. The decline reflects the November of 2003 sale of Carolina Group stock discussed above and the lower overall results of the Carolina Group.

Results of operations of the Carolina Group include interest expense of $24.6 and $29.5 million, net of taxes, for the three months ended March 31, 2004 and 2003, respectively, on notional intergroup debt. At March 31, 2004, $1.998 billion principal amount of notional intergroup debt was outstanding.

The Carolina Group stock, commonly called a tracking stock, is intended to reflect the economic performance of a defined group of the Company's assets and liabilities, referred to as the Carolina Group, principally consisting of the Company's subsidiary Lorillard, Inc. The Carolina Group, a notional group, is not a separate legal entity. The purpose of this financial information is to provide investors with additional information to use in analyzing the results of operations and financial condition of the Carolina Group, and this financial information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial information of Loews Corporation.

As of March 31, 2004, there were 57,966,750 shares of Carolina Group stock outstanding representing a 33.43% economic interest. Depending on market conditions, the Company, for the account of the Carolina Group, from time to time may purchase shares of Carolina Group stock in the open market or otherwise.

Loews Corporation has issued a separate press release reporting its consolidated results for the first quarter of 2004, which accompanies this press release.

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, April 29, 2004. A live broadcast of the call will be available online at the Loews Corporation website (www.loews.com). Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (877) 692-2592. An online replay will be available at the Company's website following the call.


Carolina Group
Financial Review
                                                 Three Months Ended
                                                      March 31,
                                               -----------------------
                                                     2004        2003
                                               -----------------------
                                                (Amounts per millions
                                                except per share data)

Net sales (a)                                      $767.9      $844.2

Cost of sales (a) (b)                               467.3       466.5
Selling, advertising and administrative (c)         100.0       134.7
                                               -----------------------

Total operating costs and expenses                  567.3       601.2
                                               -----------------------

Operating income                                    200.6       243.0
Investment income                                     8.5         8.8
Interest expense                                    (40.3)      (48.2)
                                               -----------------------

Income before income taxes                          168.8       203.6
Income taxes                                         65.8        79.2
                                               -----------------------

Net income                                          103.0       124.4
Earnings attributable to the Loews Group
 intergroup interest (d)                             68.6        95.8
                                               -----------------------

Income attributable to Carolina Group
 shareholders (e)                                   $34.4       $28.6
                                               =======================

Per share of Carolina Group stock (f)               $0.59       $0.72
                                               =======================

Weighted number of shares outstanding               57.97       39.91
                                               =======================

   (a) Includes excise taxes of $156.1 and $156.9 for the three
       months ended March 31, 2004 and 2003.

   (b) Includes charges of $201.1 and $197.5 ($122.7 and $120.7 after
       taxes) to accrue obligations under the State Settlement
       Agreements for the respective periods.

   (c) Includes a $28.0 charge in 2003 ($17.1 after taxes) to resolve
       indemnification claims and trademark matters in connection
       with the 1977 sale by Lorillard of its international business.

   (d) The Loews Group's intergroup interest in the earnings of the
       Carolina Group reflected share equivalents amounting to
       115,445,000 shares of 173,411,750 share and share equivalents
       outstanding in 2004 and share equivalents amounting to
       133,500,000 shares of 173,750,000 share and share equivalents
       outstanding in 2003. As of March 31, 2004, there were
       57,966,750 shares of Carolina Group stock outstanding.

   (e) Represents 33.43% and 23.01% of the economic interest in the
       Carolina Group for the three months ended March 31, 2004 and
        2003.

   (f) Earnings per common share-assuming dilution is not presented
       because securities that could potentially dilute basic
       earnings per share in the future would have been insignificant
       or antidilutive for the periods presented.


Carolina Group
Supplemental Information

The following information regarding unit volume shipped by Lorillard
 Tobacco Company to its direct buying customers by brand follows (all
 units in thousands):

                                                Three Months Ended
                                                     March 31,
                                             -------------------------
                                                    2004         2003
                                             -------------------------

Full Price Brands

Total Newport                                  7,379,958    7,471,365
Total Kent Family                                210,449      268,989
Total True                                       160,764      192,744
Total Max                                         11,307       13,608
Total Satin                                        2,094        2,826
Total Triumph                                        528        1,017
                                             -------------------------

Total Full Price Brands                        7,765,100    7,950,549
                                             -------------------------

Price/Value Brands

Total Old Gold                                   218,814      246,345
Total Maverick                                   155,562       82,674
                                             -------------------------

Total Price/Value Brands                         374,376      329,019
                                             -------------------------

Total Domestic Cigarettes                      8,139,476    8,279,568

Total Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions           211,864      192,018
                                             -------------------------

Grand Total                                    8,351,340    8,471,586
                                             =========================

Notes:

   1. This information is unaudited and is not adjusted for returns.

   2. Domestic unit volume includes units sold as well as promotional
      units, and excludes volumes for Puerto Rico and U.S.
      Possessions.

   3. Unit volume for a quarter is not necessarily indicative of unit
      volume for any subsequent period.
   4. Unit volume is not necessarily indicative of the level of
      revenues for any period.

CONTACT: Loews Corporation
Peter W. Keegan, 212/521-2950
or Candace Leeds, 212/521-2416
or (Investor Relations)
Joshua E. Kahn, 212/521-2788

SOURCE: Loews Corporation