We were proud to showcase our commitment to and progress in Next Generation Products (NGP) at a Capital Markets Day for investors and analysts on 25 October.
The event was held at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch, an area of London that in recent years has evolved into a hub for creative industries and the people who work in them.
The day included a NGP exhibition showing how our NGP portfolio – which includes Vapour and Tobacco Heating Products – is evolving to meet the needs of adult consumers seeking alternatives to traditional cigarettes.
We also shared our objectives for the growth of our NGP business. These are to generate NGP revenue of over £500 million* this year, and for this to double in 2018 to over £1 billion, rising to more than £5 billion in 2022. We expect the NGP business to be breaking-even by the end of 2018 and to deliver substantial profit by 2022.
The day’s line-up also included presentations and Q&A sessions on Reynolds American Inc., regulation, marketing and the performance of our international business.
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 NGP 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.”
You can read more about the Capital Markets Day in a press release issued on 25 October.
*Pro forma number reflecting 12 months of Reynolds in 2017.
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