News Release25 October 2017
Capital Markets Day
British American Tobacco p.l.c. is today hosting a Capital Markets Day for investors and analysts in London. Presentations will include an update on our Next Generation Products (NGP), including an exhibition showcasing our NGP portfolio; our new US subsidiary, Reynolds American Inc. (“Reynolds”); Regulation; Marketing and an update on the performance of our International business.
During the day, we will share our objectives for the growth of our NGP business. These are to generate NGP revenue of over £500m* this year, and for this to double in 2018 to over £1bn, rising to more than £5bn in 2022. We expect the NGP business to be breaking-even by the end of 2018 and to deliver substantial profit by 2022.
We will provide an update on the performance of glo, our Tobacco Heating Product, which has continued its excellent growth in Japan, already achieving a national share in a leading convenience chain of more than 1.8% in only the second week of the national rollout, with share in Sendai now at 10.4%. In South Korea, share in handlers in Seoul has reached 3.5%, after nine weeks.
We will also update our estimate of the impact of foreign currency movements on our full-year numbers, including Reynolds. Assuming FX rates were to remain unchanged for the balance of the year, we would expect the translational currency tailwind to be 6.5% on operating profit and 5.5% on EPS. The transactional headwind remains around 2% on operating profit.
As stated at the Half-Year Report, the pricing environment in a number of our markets has been more difficult, notably in Russia, although recent developments are more encouraging.
The business continues to perform well and we remain confident of another good year of earnings growth at constant currency.
Commenting on the Capital Markets Day, Nicandro Durante, Chief Executive, said:
“We are very pleased to be sharing more details on the opportunities for BAT in NGPs and combustibles, and to introduce our new US subsidiary just three months after the completion of the Reynolds acquisition. We are proud to share our exciting future product pipeline across both the Tobacco Heating and Vapour categories and to provide shareholders with an opportunity to experience the products first-hand. Our NGP business has real momentum and our confidence is reflected in the financial objectives we have set out.”
The event will commence at 8.00am BST.
All presentations will be made available on BAT’s website http://www.bat.com/investorpresentations and on the Investor Relations App once the event has started.
*Pro forma number reflecting 12 months of Reynolds in 2017.
About British American Tobacco
British American Tobacco (BAT) is a global tobacco and nicotine products company. Its brands are sold in more than 200 markets and it employs around 55,000 people worldwide. BAT’s cigarettes are chosen by around one in eight of the world's one billion adult smokers and its five Global Drive Brands are Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans. Alongside its traditional tobacco business, BAT is developing a portfolio of innovative next generation tobacco and nicotine products to offer consumers a choice of potentially less risky alternatives to conventional cigarettes. BAT is market leader in over 55 countries and in 2016 the Group generated reported revenue of £14.75 billion and adjusted profit of £5.48 billion.
In July 2017, British American Tobacco p.l.c. acquired the remaining 57.8% of Reynolds American Inc. that BAT did not already own, creating a stronger, global tobacco and Next Generation Products company.
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