Imperial Tobacco Preliminary Results 2010: Interview with Alison Cooper

Tuesday, Nov 02 2010 by

Chief Executive Alison Cooper discusses the company's full year results and underlines her commitment to deliver on a sales-focused strategy.

This is your first set of full-year results as CEO, so how do you assess them?

They're a strong set of results, demonstrating the success of our strategy. We have growth in our brands, growth in our products, and growth in our mature and emerging markets coming through. And that's delivered net revenue growth of 3 per cent, just over £7bn, and also adjusted operating profit growth of just over £3bn - a 5 per cent growth in the year. This translates into earnings growth of 11 per cent and dividend growth of 15 per cent. And we made further excellent progress on reducing our debt, down by £1.5bn to £9.3bn at the end of the year...

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Imperial Tobacco Group PLC (Imperial Tobacco) is a tobacco company. The Company’s portfolio consists of Growth, Specialist and Portfolio Brands. Its growth brands include Davidoff, Gauloises Blondes, JPS, West, Fine, News, USA Gold, Bastos, Lambert & Butler and Parker & Simpson. Its specialist brands consist of a range of cigarette, fine cut tobacco, paper, and cigar and smokeless tobacco brands. Portfolio Brands are a mix of local and regional offerings that fulfil a variety of roles. Imperial Tobacco comprises two distinct businesses: Tobacco and Logistics. The Tobacco business comprises the manufacture, marketing and sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products, including sales to (but not by) the Logistics business. The Logistics business comprises the distribution of tobacco products for tobacco product manufacturers, including Imperial Tobacco, as well as a range of non-tobacco products and services. more »

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