By Anthony O. Goriainoff

 

British American Tobacco said Wednesday that first-half pretax profit rose as revenue beat consensus driven by new categories, and backed its guidance for the year.

The FTSE 100 cigarette maker--which houses the Kent, Dunhill and Lucky Strike brands--said pretax profit was 5.3 billion pounds ($6.84 billion) compared with GBP3.06 billion for the first half of 2022.

Revenue for the period rose to GBP13.44 billion from GBP12.87 billion the year before. The company provided consensus of GBP13.32 billion.

Revenue from the company's new categories segment--which includes vaping products and oral tobacco--rose 29% to GBP1.66 billion, beating company-provided consensus of GBP1.57 billion.

The company said that revenue from non-combustibles now made up 17% of group revenue, up 180 basis points from 2022.

Still the company said that revenue in the U.S. fell 5.4% as cigarette volumes fell 5.7%. The market was negatively impacted by macroeconomic pressures affecting the industry, as well as the implementation of the flavor ban in California, it said.

The company said it expects organic constant currency revenue growth in the 3% to 5% range in 2023.

"While more focus is required in the U.S., our sequential performance improvement in the critical premium U.S. combustibles business since January 2023 is encouraging," Chief Executive Tadeu Marroco said.

 

Write to Anthony O. Goriainoff at anthony.orunagoriainoff@dowjones.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 26, 2023 02:47 ET (06:47 GMT)

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