Copenhagen, 19 August 2021
Interim report, 1 January - 30 June 2021
Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S reports strong Q2 results and raises full year guidance
In the second quarter of 2021, Scandinavian Tobacco Group delivered a strong organic growth in net sales and EBITDA. The results were primarily driven by a continued high demand in handmade cigars in the US, a favourable market mix and synergies from the integration of Agio Cigars. The second quarter of last year was negatively impacted by the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic making comparisons relatively easy.
CEO Niels Frederiksen: “We deliver a strong quarterly performance with growth in both net sales and EBITDA driven by strong sales of handmade cigars in the US and a favorable mix. We expect continued high demand for handmade cigars for the rest of the year and we are raising our financial expectations for 2021 to reflect that. Additionally, we continue to implement our “Rolling towards 2025” strategy and show good progress on the transformation of the company”.
The current high consumption of handmade cigars in the US combined with a strong market mix have driven the extraordinarily strong net sales growth during the first half of 2021. Growth is still expected to taper off during the second half of the year as year-on-year comparisons are more difficult especially in the third quarter and as the market mix is expected to normalize somewhat. However, the full year is now expected to be stronger than previously anticipated, although the risks remain higher than normal due to COVID-19.
The financial outlook for 2021 is revised to:
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A conference call will be held on 25 August 2021 at 10.00 CEST. Dial-in information and an accompanying presentation will be available at investor.st-group.com around 09:00 CEST.