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British American Tobacco is engaged in tobacco and nicotine products. This includes Co.'s Next Generation Products, comprising its vapour and tobacco heating products, and its oral tobacco and nicotine products such as moist snuff and snus. Co.'s U.S business (Reynolds American) brand portfolio which includes Newport, Camel and Pall Mall. These, and other brands including Doral, Misty and Capri, are manufactured in a variety of styles and marketed throughout the U.S. Co. has other international and local cigarette brands including Vogue, Viceroy, Kool, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven A, Benson & Hedges, John Player Gold Leaf, State Express 555 and Shuang Xi.
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Smoore Tech is a leading e-cigarette and component manufacturer in China. The company was delisted from the venture board in China, the NEEQ. The company has started book building to raise up to USD 918m to list in Hong Kong. In our previous notes, we have looked at the company's background, its brief financials, and its shareholders. We were impressed by the company's stellar growth in the past and its technology-driven business. The company is the number one e-cigarette OEM player in the world with the US being its largest source of revenue. We also looked at the latest regulatory landscape...
Smoore Tech is a leading e-cigarette and component manufacturer in China. The company was delisted from the venture board in China, the NEEQ, and is seeking a listing in Hong Kong to raise up to USD 400 million. In our previous notes, we have looked at the company's background, its brief financials, and its shareholders. We are impressed by the company's stellar growth in the past and its technology-driven business. The company is the number one e-cigarette OEM player in the world with the US being its largest source of revenue. The company has a capacity expansion plan in the next three yea...
Although 1H20 earnings are expected to contract, weighed by the MCO, BAT’s outlook remains firmly intact. We think investors would look beyond this earnings blip and instead look to its near completed restructuring exercise and over the longer term, regulation on vaping and e-cigarettes. The addressable vaping market is significant and we are convinced BAT UK’s existing line-up of products could be well received locally. Maintain BUY. Target price: RM14.95.
ECGS notes that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM will be held as an electronic meeting only. Consequently, it will not be possible to attend the AGM in person. In general, Prosus is in compliance with the Dutch regulations relating to the organization and procedures of the AGM. Under ITEM 2 an advisory vote on the Company’s executive remuneration report is requested. ECGS notes that the total variable salary granted in the year under review, corresponding to 1062% of annual base salary, exceeds the maximum threshold under its guidelines. Accordingly, ECGS recommends to vote OPPOS...
The general meeting is convened to approve a sale of Direct Energy, Centricans North American energy supply, services and trading business, to NRG Energy for $3.625 billion in cash (equivalent to approximately £2.85 billion) on a debt free, cash free basis. We agree that the proposed cash offer is reasonable considering the current market circumstances and the group’s needs in urgent action in light of the Covid-19 impact on earnings and unbearable indebtedness. The disposal of Direct Energy will simplify the group’s structure and will allow focusing on a new strategy enabling the transition t...
Le rapport spécial des commissaires aux comptes ne comporte aucune convention, ni nouvelle, ni ancienne. L'absence de conventions au rapport spécial est, sauf opéra on non signalée aux commissaires aux comptes, le signe d'une bonne autonomie du projet de l'entreprise et d'une meilleure intégrité économique du groupe, surtout pour un groupe familial (résolution 4). Proxinvest estime que le taux d'indépendance du Conseil est très insuﬃsant (23%). Notons toutefois qu'André Delion, membre libre de conﬂits d'intérêts potentiels, assure désormais la présidence du Conseil depuis le 22 août 2019.Quan...
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