British American Tobacco Plc

British American Tobacco:

  • is the world’s second largest quoted tobacco group by global market share, with brands sold in more than 180 markets

  • has a solid portfolio of addictive products with more than 250 brands, including Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall

  • has a high level of exposure to the developing world, selling in more than 180 markets, with leadership in more than 50 markets

  • was able to increase prices even in a downturn. Tobacco, as smokers will confirm, is not a discretionary item.

Why a tobacco company should be in your retirement portfolio.

BAT's five most important markets, include Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Australia and Canada - all commodity-based economies. This provide BAT with extra benefits because the local currencies strengthen as well as the economy, when commodity prices pick up.


What about British American Tobacco?

Many investors dismiss British American Tobacco as a “boring old company”. Others dismiss BAT altogether on ethical grounds.

Putting ethical concerns aside, who wouldn't want to be selling a product that people are actually addicted to, and for which there is no real substitute?

BAT’s customers keep coming back for more to feed their addiction. Sometimes they trade down to buy cheaper brands, which are often produced by the same company.

Some customers quit the smoking habit but most just keep on buying, even when their income falls during a recession.

British American Tobacco product range is for millions of people a 'need to have' rather than a 'nice to have' product.

And what about British American Tobacco's Dividend Record?

British American Tobacco enjoys solid revenues and earnings. The company also offers an unbroken record of increasing dividends:

  • Click here for a write up on British American Tobacco dividend history and prospects as from May 1999.

  • Click here for a write up on British American Tobacco dividend history and prospects as from May 2005.

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British American Tobacco Plc:

British American Tobacco Dividends:

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BAT 2010 9 months earnings up, volumes down

On October 27th, 2010, British American Tobacco announced its nine month trading statement While the Group increased overall market share across …

28 July 2010 - BAT trading and dividend update

On July 28th, 2010, British American Tobacco issued its half year results to 30 June with the interim dividend up 19.0 per cent to 33.2pence. RNS Number …

BAT 2009 year-end results
final dividend up

On February 25th, 2010, British American Tobacco announced 2009 year-end results lifting its final dividend pay out by 16.2 per cent to 71.6 pence a share. …


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