Copenhagen, 17 May 2023
Interim Report, 1 January - 31 March 2023
Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S Reports First Quarter Results and Maintains Full-Year Outlook for 2023
For the first quarter of 2023, Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (the “Group” or “Scandinavian Tobacco Group”) delivered 1.3% net sales growth and an EBITDA-margin of 24.1%, with the guidance for the full year 2023 maintained. Uncertainties relating to key assumptions like consumer behaviour and cost inflation remain moderately high, however year-on-year impacts from cost inflation are expected to decline over the coming quarters.
Consumer demand for handmade cigars in the US in the quarter is still perceived as resilient, although volume declines remained above its structural decline trend as overflow from the exceptionally strong two years during the pandemic trails off. Price increases across most product categories supported the financial performance.
CEO Niels Frederiksen: “STG remains on track to deliver on the 2023 guidance with results for the first quarter being up against strong comparisons in 2022. We have stabilized our production issues, but we are still recovering from this impact as well as cost inflation into 2023, affecting margins negatively. The Group is making good progress on our ambition to grow the size of the company with two transactions announced within the last few months.”
Dividend for 2022
At the Annual General Meeting on 13 April 2023, the proposal for an increase in the ordinary dividend of 10% to DKK 8.25 per share was approved.
Financial guidance 2023 unchanged
For the financial year 2023, the guidance is maintained.
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A conference call will be held on 18 May 2023 at 10.00 CEST. Dial-in information and an accompanying presentation will be available at investor.st-group.com/investor around 09:00 CEST.