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British American Tobacco PLC (BATS) is a world-renowned cigarette and tobacco manufacturing, marketing and retailing company. Headquartered in London, England, it is the second-largest cigarette producer in the world. The firm’s product portfolio includes, among others, cigars, e-cigarettes, moist snuff and snus and tobacco-free nicotine pouches. The company supports 90,000 contracted farmers and operates 44 factories in 41 countries.
The business’ most famous brands include Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans. In total, British American Tobacco has more than 200 brands that are delivered to over 200 markets across the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Middle East regions.
British American Tobacco has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BATS and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. The company also has secondary listings on the New York Stock Exchange, the Nairobi Securities Exchange, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
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In 1902, the firm was formed as a joint venture between the United Kingdom's Imperial Tobacco Company and the United States' American Tobacco Company.
Throughout its history, British American Tobacco has pursued an assertive acquisition strategy, buying up a number of different companies to diversify its business portfolio and expand its market presence. Some of the most prominent purchases made by the firm were Duvanska Industrija Vranje and Ente Tabacchi Italiani in 2003, Tekel in 2008, Bentoel Group in 2010, Productora Tabacalera de Tabacos S.A. in 2011 and Reynolds American in 2017. The company’s most recent acquisition was that of Twisp (PTY) Ltd in September 2019.
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British American Tobacco went public on the London Stock Exchange in 1998.
For almost 20 years from its IPO, with the exception of occasional, short-lived negative fluctuations, the company’s stock had been mainly in the uptrend, peaking at £55.91 per share in May 2017. However, it then started falling sharply, and by January 2019, the BATS stock quote hit a low of £23.92 per share.
Ever since then, BATS shares have experienced lots of volatility, characterised by multiple price fluctuations. The stock ended 2019 trading around £32.31, after wobbling in a range of £26 and £31 through the year. The company’s share price saw a steep decline in March 2020, when it dropped as low as £23.82.
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