|Bid||631.50 x 0|
|Ask||633.00 x 0|
|Day's range||628.00 - 642.50|
|52-week range||536.00 - 725.00|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.99|
|PE ratio (TTM)||49.03|
|Earnings date||27 Feb 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.27 (4.20%)|
|Ex-dividend date||01 Aug 2019|
|1y target est||694.60|
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Imperial Brands Plc, the maker of Kool cigarettes, abandoned its forecast for earnings growth this year as a U.S. ban on some vaping flavors leads to a drop in sales of smoking alternatives.Adjusted earnings per share will drop about 10% at constant currency in the first half, the company said ahead of its annual meeting with shareholders Wednesday. Imperial said it expects a slight drop in full-year profit, giving up a target for low single-digit growth. The stock fell as much as 5.5%.Revenue from e-cigarettes and other smoking alternatives is set to decline significantly as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration bans certain vaping products as of Thursday, Imperial said. Demand for vaping products has also been dented by concern about safety after a spate of illness in the U.S. that’s largely been linked to products containing THC.Monday, the company named Stefan Bomhard, who leads U.K. luxury car distributor Inchcape Plc, to become its chief executive officer to replace Alison Cooper, who ran the cigarette maker for the past decade.Despite cost cuts, Imperial expects a net 40 million-pound ($52 million) reduction to profit due to the drop in demand this fiscal year, which ends in September. Tobacco companies have cut prices of vaping starter kits to as little as $1 in the U.S. in recent months in a fight to gain market share.The company said it’s writing down the value of flavored vaping product inventory, which will reduce earnings by a further 45 million pounds. The company has been offering deals such as 15 free Myblu flavored liquid pods for every 10 bought online in a last-minute sale in the U.S.What Bloomberg Intelligence Says:“Full-year expectations depend on a significant 2H recovery, which may depend on how global regulation develops.”\-- Duncan Fox, BI consumer goods analystImperial Brands’ New CEO Has Tough Decisions to Make: ReactImperial also said it’s still in negotiations to sell its premium cigar business. The company has been considering selling other assets as well.Michael R. Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, has campaigned and given money in support of a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco.(Updates with shares in second paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Mulier in Geneva at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at firstname.lastname@example.org, Marthe FourcadeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Cars and cigarettes have at least one thing in common these days: They are both being disrupted by more modern alternatives. So Stefan Bomhard, the chief executive officer of car dealer Inchcape Plc, should have some idea of what he’ll face when he takes the reins at U.K. cigarette maker Imperial Brands Plc.It isn’t easy to find executives willing to move to the much-aligned tobacco industry. But Bomhard looks a good CEO choice for Imperial, which sells Lambert & Butler cigarettes and Blu vapes. The company had decided to part ways with Alison Cooper in October, a week after a profit warning. She will now step down as with immediate effect.Bomhard did a solid job at Inchcape. While the shares are down about 18% since he became CEO in April 2015, underperforming the FTSE All-Share Index, conditions in car dealing haven’t been easy since Britain voted to leave the European Union and consumer confidence crumbled. It’s still a much better performance than the FTSE All-Share General Retailers Index.The downside is that Bomhard doesn’t have any tobacco experience. But this is less of an issue than it would be in, say, general retailing. Imperial will have plenty of executives with many years’ worth of knowledge of the traditional cigarette business, still the biggest and most profitable part of the group. And he should be able to pull on his prior experience with big global brands in the race to grab market share for Imperial’s new products, whatever they may be.The new chief executive spent his career in consumer goods before joining Inchcape, with roles at spirits company Bicardi, chocolate and candy maker Cadbury, and consumer-goods giant Unilever. That should put him in good stead as Imperial attempts to pivot to alternatives to traditional cigarettes, which could in turn, pave the way for it to diversify into dispensing other adult, highly regulated products, such as cannabis.When Bomhard takes up the role at a yet to be determined date, his first task will be to get to grips with the crisis in the U.S. vaping industry. The company is evaluating the impact of the recent Food and Drug Administration ban on flavors aside from menthol and tobacco for pod-based electronic cigarettes, the type it makes.Then Bomhard will have to work quickly to decide where best to focus Imperial’s attention, and investment. Although the group has strong positions in vaping and oral nicotine, it only entered the heat-not-burn market relatively recently. He must decide whether to expand in this category, which has not been drawn into the crisis in the U.S. vaping industry.He could also look at reshaping other aspects of Imperial’s business, including traditional cigarettes. The company is already seeking to raise up to 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) through disposals, including a sale of its premium cigar business. But he could go further, say selling off parts of the portfolio in Asia and Africa, and returning the proceeds to shareholders, or investing more in tobacco alternatives.Either way, Bomhard must take decisive action. Shares in Imperial have fallen more than 20% over the past year, and they trade at a 40% discount to Bloomberg Intelligence’s global tobacco manufacturing valuation peer group. The company even lags Altria Group Inc., which is reeling from its disastrous investment in vaping company Juul Labs Inc.Imperial has long been seen as an acquisition target, with Japan Tobacco Inc. tipped as the most obvious contender. Another possibility would be for Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco Plc to carve up Imperial’s empire between them along geographical lines. So if Bomhard doesn’t light up the Imperial share price, a bigger rival just might.To contact the author of this story: Andrea Felsted at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Melissa Pozsgay at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of 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/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Bombard replaces Alison Cooper, whose departure was announced last October. Bomhard joins the maker of Gauloises and Winston cigarettes after five years at the helm of British car dealer Inchcape and, prior to that, senior roles at Cadbury, Burger King and Unilever among other consumer goods groups.
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