| Company Announcement|
Copenhagen, 14 March 2019
Annual Report 2018
Full Year Results in Line with Guidance. 4.3% Increase in Proposed Ordinary Dividend to DKK 6.00 per Share
For the full year 2018, Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S delivered net sales of DKK 6,718 million and EBITDA before special items*of DKK 1,304 million. This corresponds to 0.4% organic growth in net sales and 3.5% organic growth in EBITDA - and is in accordance with the financial guidance for the year. The Board of Directors proposes an ordinary dividend of DKK 6.00 per share, an increase of 4.3% compared to 2017.
CEO of Scandinavian Tobacco Group Niels Frederiksen says: "2018 was a good year for Scandinavian Tobacco Group. We delivered on the financial targets for the year, saw good progress on the strategy and took significant steps in the development of our company with the launch of Fuelling the Growth, a Groupwide transformational program that will increase our commercial competitiveness and deliver net savings at a run-rate of DKK 250 million by the end of 2021 and will support our financial ambition of 3-5% average annual organic growth in EBITDA."
"Our biggest category - the handmade cigars category - continues to perform well and remains an important growth driver for our company. In 2018, we strengthened our position across the value chain in the handmade cigars category as we had a record year in the branded business, acquired online retailer Thompson Cigar and expanded our brick and mortar cigar superstore network. With these steps we are well-positioned for future growth and development in this category."
Financial Guidance 2019
* Change of terminology: EBITDA before special items (adjusted EBITDA) and special items (non-recurring items).
The annual report for 2018 is available for download on: investor.st-group.com.
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and webcast will be held on 14 March 2019 at 10:00 AM CET.
Presentation materials will be available online approximately one hour before the webcast on investor.st-group.com.
Denmark: +45 32 72 75 18
The UK: +44 (0) 203 009 5710
The US: +1 917 720 0178
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