|Bid||1,712.20 x 0|
|Ask||1,713.80 x 0|
|Day's Range||1,685.40 - 1,713.40|
|52 Week Range||1,655.00 - 2,713.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.25|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||16.19|
|Earnings Date||Nov 5, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.88 (16.89%)|
|1y Target Est||3,018.82|
A health warning from tobacco giant Imperial Brands on Thursday (September 26) - not about its products, but its finances. Full-year profits and revenues will take a hit, the British firm said ... From a regulatory crackdown on vaping in the U.S. - where it makes nearly a third of its profits. Its shares slipped 12 per cent after the statement. The U.S. government has announced a move to pull flavoured e-cigarettes from stores amid a spike in teenage usage ... And earlier this week, a senior official from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported on an investigation .... Into a mystery vaping-related disease that has sickened hundreds of people and killed nine. Imperial dropped the word 'Tobacco' from its name in 2016 but still makes Winston, Gauloises and other cigarette brands. It's cutting, it says, revenue growth forecasts by roughly half to two per cent. Earnings per share will be flat. Elsewhere too vaping is facing a growing backlash. India and Brazil have imposed bans on products. And on Wednesday (September 25), US tobacco firms Philip Morris and Altria - the biggest investor in e-cigarette maker Juul - axed their merger talks.
The number of bosses leaving the FTSE 100 reached a record on Thursday after BHP (BHP) announced chief executive Andrew Mackenzie will leave after six years at the helm of the Anglo-Australian miner. A total of 20 bosses from the UK’s blue-chip index of top stocks have been replaced or announced their departures so far this year, according to research by AJ Bell. The same thing is happening across the Atlantic where 172 U.S. chief executives stepped down in October, the highest on record, according to recent research.
Imperial Brands on Tuesday issued a "cautious" forecast for the year and named a new chairman as the tobacco producer grapples with challenges in e-cigarette products and vaping. The maker of Winston and Gauloises cigarettes reported full-year revenue from tobacco and next-generation products - e-cigarettes and vapour-based devices - of 7.99 billion pounds ($10.29 billion), up 3.9% on a constant-currency basis. "2019 has been a challenging year with results below our expectations due to tough trading in Next Generation Products," outgoing CEO Alison Cooper said in a statement.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Imperial Brands PLC and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.
A British tobacco company, Dutch paint company, California-based dermatological company, and Maryland-based regional bank were among the securities that experienced the largest trading volume increases ...
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Imperial Brands Plc’s Alison Cooper is stepping down in a cloud of raspberry scented smoke.The timing isn’t surprising. It comes exactly a week after the British-based maker of Davidoff cigarettes and the Blu electronic device, lowered expectations for sales and profits after taking a hit in the U.S. vaping market. The warning brought to a head discussions about the company’s future leadership as the board conducts its search for a successor to Chairman Mark Williamson.Change is clearly needed. The shares of the smallest of the world’s major tobacco companies are roughly back where they were at the start of Cooper’s 9-year watch, having lost more than half of their value since a 2016 peak.Her successor faces a tall order. The new CEO will have to figure out how to make Imperial a strong force in tobacco alternatives. It currently ranks fourth in electronic smoking devices by units sold on a four-week basis. But in the heat-not-burn segment, its Pulze product is a relative newcomer in the Japanese market, where the products have taken hold more quickly than elsewhere. It’s important to have a clear strategy in each segment since no one really knows exactly where the market’s headed.Finding the right path forward won’t be easy, given the crisis engulfing vaping in the U.S., which has prompted efforts by President Donald Trump to ban flavored products and nicotine pads while some retailers including Walmart Inc. have stopped selling e-cigarettes.They must find a way through this. One option would be developing a boarder suite of tobacco alternatives alongside Imperial’s Blu vaping device. Stepping up development in heat-not-burn segment would also be wise.Rival British American Tobacco Plc has hedged its bets, with a presence in both vaping and the heat-not-burn segment. This is a model that Imperial should follow. But this would likely mean more investment.Duncan Fox, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, says Imperial can afford to spend more. First of all, it’s core business of traditional cigarettes — including local brands such as Winston in the U.S. — is cash generative. Plus, its 2 billion-pound ($2.5 billion) asset disposal program and decision to abandon its policy to increase its dividend by 10% annually should give it scope to act.The new chairman must also address corporate governance issues. Bloomberg News reported that investors and analysts had voiced concerns about Imperial’s earnings calculations and strategy.Imperial has long been seen as a takeover target, but it is now particularly vulnerable given the share price weakness and that industry consolidation is back on the agenda, even after Altria Group Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. called off their merger talks.Japan Tobacco Inc. is often mooted as the likely predator, although it would have to find a way to deal with competition constraints.If the new chairman and chief executive don’t raise their game on alternatives, then someone else might light up even more radical change for them.To contact the author of this story: Andrea Felsted at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Melissa Pozsgay at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Andrea Felsted is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She previously worked at the Financial Times.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Imperial Brands Plc Chief Executive Officer Alison Cooper will step down once a replacement is found, a move that comes as the cigarette maker grapples with a regulatory backlash against e-cigarettes and declining tobacco sales. The departure of Cooper, who has led the maker of Davidoff cigarettes for nine years, comes days after it issued a full-year profit warning blaming the U.S. regulatory crackdown on vaping. It also follows the impending departure of Chairman Mark Williamson, who in February announced that he would step down once a successor was found, citing new British guidelines on the length of board chair tenures.
Imperial Brands Plc Chief Executive Officer Alison Cooper will step down once a replacement is found, a move that comes as the cigarette maker grapples with a regulatory backlash against e-cigarettes and declining tobacco sales. The departure of Cooper, who has led the maker of Davidoff cigarettes for nine years, comes days after it issued a full-year profit warning blaming the U.S. regulatory crackdown on vaping. The smallest of the four major global tobacco players in the world, Imperial has been slow to react to the vaping craze in the United States, a market where it generates nearly 30% of its annual profit.
Imperial Brands PLC said Thursday that Chief Executive Officer Alison Cooper and the board have agreed that she will step down when a suitable replacement is found.
Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) have introduced comprehensive legislation to address the rise in tobacco and e-cigarette usage among young people. Shalala joins Yahoo Finance to discuss the bill, why vaping has become a nonpartisan issue, and how Juul and other vaping companies should be "ashamed" of the role they've played in the epidemic.
Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (OTC: CBWTF) announced Wednesday the closing of a transaction with Imperial Tobacco Group plc (OTC: IMBBY). “We are delighted to announce the closing of this transaction to formally mark the start of our strategic partnership with Imperial Brands,” Auxly CEO Hugo Alves said in a statement. “We believe there is considerable opportunity for growth and value creation for both companies.