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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Candy-flavored tobaccos target Florida children

Florida’s Collier County Health Department is worried about candy-flavored tobacco that, as they say, targets children. Candy is one of the tobacco companies’ favorite strategies on Halloween. Fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes were prohibited according to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009. Nevertheless, menthol cigarettes and other smokeless products are amongst some of the products not included. … Continue reading

Monday, October 29, 2012

British American Tobacco revenues grow

British American Tobacco has announced 4 percent growth in earnings at consistent rates of exchange in the nine months ended September 2012 regardless of lower company volumes. The earnings growth was influenced by permanent good pricing. According to the BAT, announced income decreased 1 percent‚ negatively affected by exchange rate actions and organic income growth at permanent currency was 3 … Continue reading

Tobacco products to face higher taxes

The Ministry of Health has suggested that the Government raises the price of tobacco for smokers in order to reduce the high smoking rates of smokers and passive smokers in Vietnam. The suggestion requires a higher level of duty on all tobacco products and for the lowest price for cigarettes marketed in duty free shops to be more tightly controlled. … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

JTI launches new edition for Amber Leaf

Amber Leaf announced about Japan tobacco’s intention to extend its range. In November, JTI will launch new Amber Leaf Blonde. The newest edition of Amber Leaf includes a paler colored, cigarette-like blend of premium quality Virginia tobacco that offers a smoother taste to current adult smokers. New Amber Leaf Blonde can be purchased from 1st November. The new product will … Continue reading

Monday, October 22, 2012

JTI launches limited edition packs for Silk Cut

Japan Tobacco International made an announcement about the releasing of three limited edition pack designs for Silk Cut cigarettes. Silk Cut is the company’s premium tobacco brand belonging to the lower tar type. The modern packs will be presented across the country utilizing packs of Silk Cut Purple, Blue and Silver 20s from the beginning of November. These cigarettes will … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Davidoff - Targeted launch for premium cigarettes

Imperial Tobacco, a Bristol-based British tobacco company, made an announcement about the addition of Davidoff iD cigarettes to its value-priced cigarette portfolio. Now Davidoff iD is sold in selected areas of the south-east of England. The tobacco company used an American blend of tobacco in order to produce Davidoff iD cigarettes. This new style of Davidoff brand is available in … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International is an approximately $157 billion dollar firm marketing cigarettes in almost 160 countries. The firm does not deal with the sale of cigarettes in the U.S., unlike another tobacco company, Altria. The tobacco company positions nearly 18.5x trailing earnings estimates, and almost 16x forward earnings estimates. The corporation’s income margin is 27 percent, and its operating margin … Continue reading

Friday, October 5, 2012

British American Tobacco PLC

British American Tobacco p.l.c. (British American Tobacco, BAT) is the world’s most international tobacco group, operating in many countries. BAT has 4 major cigarettes brands such as Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The company’s other key brands include Vogue, Viceroy, Rothmans, Kool and Benson & Hedges. Beginning with December 31, 2011, BAT’s brands were marketed in about 180 … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BAT explores alternatives as cigarette market dips

British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second-largest cigarette group by sales, is making an investment of £100m to create a line of smoking alternatives as smoking bans and increased taxes convince smokers to give up the habit. Nicandro Durante, the Chief Executive Officer of British American Tobacco, said that the tobacco firm was intending to create lower-risk alternatives to regular … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chesterfield Introduces Superkings at Superlow Price

Philip Morris International made an announcement about the enrichment of Chesterfield cigarette brand range. The tobacco company introduced a new style of Chesterfield brand – Superking size Red and Menthol. The launch of new cigarettes will be maintained with an essential trade communications programme this autumn. Superking size Red and Menthol are natural enrichment for the Chesterfield cigarette brand which … Continue reading

Monday, October 1, 2012

Big Tobacco: Altria Group

Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. It offers cigarettes primarily under the Marlboro brand; smokeless tobacco products under the Copenhagen, Skoal, Red Seal, Husky, and Marlboro Snus brands; cigars principally under the Black & Mild brand; and pipe tobacco.



The company also produces and sells blended table wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest names; and distributes Antinori and Villa Maria Estate wines, and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in the United States. In addition, it maintains a portfolio of leveraged and direct finance leases in rail and surface transport, aircraft, electric power, real estate, and manufacturing.

The company sells its tobacco products primarily to wholesalers, including distributors; large retail organizations, such as chain stores; and the armed services. Altria Group, Inc. markets its wine products to restaurants, wholesale clubs, supermarkets, wine shops, and mass merchandisers. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

The tobacco sector also has some of the highest average operating margins. The good thing is the fact Altria Group, Inc. has demonstrated a solid 42.23% operating margin over the last 12 months, but the bad thing is the fact that MO's operating margin only ranks third among the group.

In terms of the other three companies the numbers are all very good. Lorillard, Inc. is the leader of the pack, considering the fact the company demonstrated an operating margin of 44.52%, and Philip Morris came in a close second by demonstrating an operating margin of 43.44%. It should be noted that Reynolds American placed last among the four companies featured simply because the company had only managed to demonstrate an operating margin of 32.92%.