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British American Tobacco: Preliminary Announcement - Year En

新闻来源:AG88 发布时间:2018-10-03

LONDON, March 2 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ --

Summary

2006 2005 Change

Revenue - as reported gbp9,762m gbp9,325m +5%

Profit from operations - as reported gbp2,622m gbp2,420m +8%

- like-for-like gbp2,797m gbp2,607m +7%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share 98.12p 89.34p +10%

Dividends per share 55.90p 47.00p +19%

- The reported Group profit from operations was 8 per cent higher at

gbp2,622 million or 7 per cent higher on a like-for-like

basis, with Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Africa and Middle East

regions particularly contributing to this good result.

- Group volumes from subsidiaries increased by 2 per cent to 689 billion

on both a reported and like-for-like basis. The reported Group revenue

rose by 5 per cent to gbp9,762 million and also increased by 5 per

cent on a like-for-like basis. ThiAAAAcellent volume and revenue

growth was achieved across a broad spread of markets. The four Global

Drive Brands continued their impressive performance and achieveAAAAAAAA> overall volume growth of 17 per cent.

- Adjusted diluted earnings per share rose by 10 per cent to 98.12p, as

the higher net finance costs and minority interests were more than

offset by the improvement in profit from operations, the share of

associates' post-tax results, a lower tax rate and the benefit from the

share buy-back programme. The basic earnings per share was higher at

92.08p (2005: 84.34p).

- Following a review of the Group's capital structure, the Board has

decided that there is scope to increase significantly both the dividenAAAAAAAA> payout ratio and the share buy-back programme. The Board is

recommending a final dividend of 40.2p, which will be paid on 3 May

2007. This, together with the interim dividend, will take dividends

declared in respect of 2006 as a whole to 55.9p, an increase of 19 per

cent. In addition, the level of the share buy-back will rise from

around gbp500 million to some gbp750 million per year, starting

in 2007.

- The Chairman, Jan du Plessis commented, "2006 has been a good year anAAAAAAAA> I believe we can look ahead with confidence in our ability to achieve

further growth and value for shareholders. Over the past five years,

British American Tobacco has delivered an average annual total

shareholder return of 26 per cent, compared to 7 per cent for the FTSE

100."

For more information, please contact:

Investor Relations

Ralph Edmondson

Tel: +44-20-7845-1180

Rachael Brierley

Tel: +44-20-7845-1519

Press

David Betteridge, Kate Matrunola or Catherine Armstrong

Tel: +44-20-7845-2888

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