Preliminary Results for the year ended 30 September 2019
RESILIENCE IN TOBACCO AND ADDITIONAL REVENUE GROWTH FROM NGP
“2019 has been a challenging year with results below our expectations due to tough trading in Next Generation Products (NGP). We are implementing actions to drive a stronger performance in the coming year.
“Our resilient tobacco value creation model continues to produce high margin sales growth and is well-placed to deliver sustained profitable growth in the years ahead.
“Although we grew NGP revenues by around 50 per cent, this was below the level we expected to deliver. Our delivery was also impacted by an increasingly competitive environment and regulatory uncertainty in the USA. Growth in Europe was also slower, despite achieving leading retail shares in several markets. We have taken the learnings from this year to reset our NGP investment plans for 2020, prioritising the markets and categories with the highest potential for sustainable, profitable growth. We will scale up investment as the visibility on returns and regulatory uncertainties improves.
“Our priority going forward is to optimise the profit and cash generation from our tobacco assets, while improving growth in NGP with greater discipline and a more tightly focused business model that will create long-term value for shareholders.”
|Overview - Adjusted Basis||Full Year Result||Change|
|Total tobacco volume||bn SE||244.2||255.5||-4.4%||-4.4%|
|Tobacco net revenue2||£m||7,713||7,510||+2.7%||+1.1%|
|NGP net revenue2||£m||285||187||+52.4%||+48.1%|
|Tobacco & NGP net revenue2||£m||7,998||7,697||+3.9%||+2.2%|
|Asset Brand net revenue2||£m||5,269||4,977||+5.9%||+4.4%|
|Tobacco & NGP adjusted operating profit||£m||3,531||3,557||-0.7%||-2.8%|
|Distribution adjusted operating profit||£m||232||212||+9.4%||+9.9%|
|Total adjusted operating profit||£m||3,749||3,766||-0.5%||-2.4%|
|Adjusted earnings per share||pence||273.3||272.2||+0.4%||-1.6%|
|Adjusted net debt||£m||(11,376)||(11,474)|
|Overview - Reported Basis||Full Year Result||Change|
|Basic earnings per share||pence||106.0||143.6||-26.2%|
|Dividend per share||pence||206.6||187.8||+10.0|
|Reported net debt||£m||(11,970)||(11,899)|
See page 3 for basis of preparation and page 13 for the reconciliation between reported and adjusted measures.
1 Constant currency removes effect of exchange rate movements on the translation of the results of our overseas operations.
2 2018 revenue restated following adoption of IFRS 15.