Press Release

March 4, 2005 at 12:00 AM EST

Vector Group Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend


Will Also Distribute 10,947,448 Ladenburg Thalmann Shares to Vector Stockholders

MIAMI, FL, March 4, 2005 -- Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) announced today that it has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.40 per share. Additionally, Vector will distribute 10,947,448 shares of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. common stock (AMEX: LTS) to holders of Vector common stock through a special dividend. Vector will receive the Ladenburg shares as a distribution from New Valley Corporation (NASD: NVAL), its 55.1% owned subsidiary. Both the quarterly cash dividend and the special dividend of the Ladenburg shares are payable on March 30, 2005 to holders of record as of March 18, 2005.

The special dividend will be accomplished through a pro rata distribution of the Ladenburg shares. Vector stockholders will receive 0.24 of a Ladenburg share for each share of Vector. Vector stockholders will receive, through an independent agent, a pro rata cash distribution for fractional shares.

The distributions will be taxable to Vector stockholders for Federal, state and local tax purposes first as a dividend to the extent of Vector’s earnings and profits for the current tax year. Thereafter, the distributions will be treated as a non-taxable return of capital to the extent of the stockholder’s tax basis in Vector common stock, with any remaining amount being taxed as a capital gain. The final determination of Vector’s earnings and profits, and, thus, the amount of the distribution that may be taxable as a dividend, cannot be made until determination of Vector’s year-end results.

Under applicable tax laws, the value for tax purposes of the distribution will be determined by the trading price of the Ladenburg shares on the date of distribution to stockholders. Notwithstanding the above information, stockholders are advised to consult with their own tax advisors on this matter.

Vector Group is a holding company that indirectly owns Liggett Group Inc., Vector Tobacco and a controlling interest in New Valley Corporation. Additional information concerning the company is available on the company's website,