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The cigar maker of Winston cigarettes and Backwoods cigars have reported higher profits in the first half of the year. Now, tobacco and vape supplier Imperial is betting on higher cigarette prices and strong demand for tobacco alternatives over the next six months.
During the past several years, vape suppliers, manufacturers and factories all over the world has all suffered slow growth and market share losing. Imperial also gets involved in this. At 2021, This vape supplier has unveiled a turnaround plan to stop the market share losing. In this plan, it focuses on its five key markets and increases investment in next-generation products (NGP). This is considered less harmful to health.
Since the turnaround plan start to implement, Imperial is getting better. This tobacco and vape supplier gets a profit rose 0.8% to 1.6 billion pounds ($2 billion) in the six months ended March 31. In addition, its sales up 0.3% to 15.41 billion pounds.
What’s more, sales of Imperial’s NGP brands, which include heated tobacco Pulze and Blu e-cigarettes, rose 19.8% at constant exchange rates.
“Imperial’s current strategy is akin to rolling out ‘me too’ type products across a range of European markets – but losses are increasing again. This will need to shift to strong sales or proper innovation if it is to have appeal over the long-term,”
said Chris Beckett, head of equity research at Quilter Cheviot.
Imperial’s results were broadly in line with expectations following an update last month. In the update, this tobacco and vape supplier highlights the impact of exiting the Russia business and cooling demand after the COVID -19 pandemic peaks. However, the stock share price changes little Tuesday.
“We expect the year-on-year effect of consumer buying patterns to normalise in the second half,” Imperial said in a statement, adding that cost inflation, a stronger dollar and increased NGP investment continue to be overhangs.
“This (the second half) will be a truer test of how resilient smokers remain to price rises,” Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Derren Nathan said.
As for other tobacco and vape supplier, less harm to human body and environment is always the main developing direction. We should consider more about this direction. This is not only helpful for the vape industry future development. This is also helpful for human body and environment.