Imperial Brands

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Imperial Tobacco Group is a British company. It is the fifth largest company participating in the global tobacco market and controls 3.7 percent of the international cigarette market. [1] Imperial operates in more than 160 markets, and key growth markets are in Italy, Russia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. [2] [3] Top brands include West, Davidoff, John Player Special, and Gauloises. [4] In 2016, Imperial Tobacco was the world’s fifth-largest international cigarette company based on market share. [5]

Company Overview

Imperial Brands is a FTSE 100 company headquartered in Bristol in the United Kingdom. Imperial Brands consists of five distinct entities: Imperial Tobacco, Tabacalera, ITG Brands, Fontem Ventures and Logista. [6]

The core business is built around a tobacco portfolio that offers a comprehensive range of cigarettes (e.g. Davidoff, Gauloises), fine cut (e.g. Drum, Golden Virginia) and smokeless tobaccos (e.g. skruf), papers (e.g. Rizla) and cigars (e.g. Montecristo, Cohiba). Through the Fontem Ventures business, Imperial Brands are also developing a portfolio of brands beyond tobacco, including the e-vapour brand blu. [6]

Key Executives

Name Position Bio
Alison Cooper, BSC, ACA Chief Executive Officer Since being appointed as Chief Executive Alison has led the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainable sales growth strategy. Alison joined the Group in 1999 and, through a number of senior roles, has contributed significantly to the international expansion of the Group.

Appointment: Appointed Director in July 2007. Appointed Chief Executive in May 2010.

External Appointments: None.[7]

Oliver Tant, BSC, CA (SCOTLAND) Chief Financial Officer Oliver held a number of senior positions in a 32-year career at KPMG, including Global Managing Director Financial Advisory and Private Equity Division and Head of UK Audit. He was also a member of both the UK and German boards of KPMG. He brings to Imperial international experience in change management, organizational restructuring, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Appointment: Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013 and became Chief Financial Officer in November 2013.[7]

Matthew Phillips, LLB Chief Development Officer Matthew held a number of senior roles prior to his appointment to the Board as Corporate Affairs Director in June 2012 and has been integral to the development and implementation of the Group's strategy. In his current role he is responsible for Next Generation Product innovation, product science, smokeless tobacco, corporate development and corporate and legal affairs.

Appointment: Appointed Director in June 2012. Appointed Chief Development Officer, June 2015.[7]

Joerg Biebernick Division Director, Returns Joerg has considerable brand marketing and general management experience built during a 25-year career in Europe and the US. Prior to joining Imperial, Joerg served as President, Latin America for Kimberly Clark. He has also held senior positions working in the consumer goods sector for both Georgia Pacific and Procter & Gamble. In addition to managing the Returns Division, Joerg has responsibility for Market Repeatable Model and the Imperial Tobacco brand portfolio. Joerg joined Imperial in November 2017.[7]
Dominic Brisby Division Director, Growth Dominic leads the Growth Division, which includes selected markets in the EU, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and also incorporates the USA and Premium Cigar Division. He previously led the Returns Division. Prior to becoming a Division Director in 2013, Dominic held a number of international general management roles at Imperial and has been responsible for businesses in the Czech Republic, Poland and Iberia. Appointed Growth Division Director in November 2017.[7]
Richard Hill Group Commercial Director, Vapour Richard has 30 years of international experience in consumer goods and banking. After an early career leading sales & marketing teams in Europe, he performed global CFO roles in both Allied Domecq and Standard Chartered. He was President and CEO of SC First Bank, South Korea’s largest foreign investor and has held several public non-executive board positions. In his current role he leads the Fontem Ventures Amsterdam team, which is focused on the development of vapour commercial strategies and branding. Richard was appointed to his current role in April 2018. He previously headed up Group Transformation and HR, having joined Imperial in October 2016. [7]
Amal Pramanik Group Strategy Director Amal is a qualified executive coach and has mentored senior managers across the world on a variety of operational and leadership themes. His role includes overall responsibility for Group Transformation and HR. Appointed as Strategy Director in November 2017 having joined the Operating Executive in 2016.[7]
Walter Prinz Group Manufacturing & Supply Chain Director Walter has overall responsibility for all tobacco and Next Generation Product manufacturing and supply chain operations. He joined Reemtsma in 1987 and has held a number of senior roles. Prior to his appointment to the Operating Executive, Walter was Director of Product Development and Purchasing. Appointed Group Manufacturing, Research & Development Director in October 2010, taking on additional responsibility for Supply Chain in October 2014.[7]

In January 2019, Morgan Lee was appointed as the group’s market manager for Ireland. [8]

Board Members

Imperial Brands’ investors shown their anger at the re-appointment of company’s long-serving chairman. Almost a fifth of shareholders voted against Mark Williamson at the company's Annual General Meeting in 2019. [9] The Financial Reporting Council's revised corporate code came into effect in January 2019, requiring public companies in Britain to explain if a board chair has remain unchanged for more than nine years. Mark Williamson later resigned. [10]

Name Position Bio
Mark Williamson, CA (SA) Chairman of the Board Mark was Chief Financial Officer of International Power plc until 2012 and is experienced in managing relationships with the investor and financial communities. He is also a former Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Alent plc. He joined the Board in July 2007 and was appointed Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in February 2012. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board in January 2013 before being made Chairman in February 2014.

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Succession and Nominations Committee.

External Appointments: Chairman of Spectris plc; Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of National Grid plc. [7]

Alison Cooper, BSC, ACA Chief Executive Officer Since being appointed as Chief Executive Alison has led the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainable sales growth strategy. Alison joined the Group in 1999 and, through a number of senior roles, has contributed significantly to the international expansion of the Group. Appointed Director in July 2007. Appointed Chief Executive in May 2010. [7]
Oliver Tant, BSC, CA (SCOTLAND) Chief Financial Officer Oliver held a number of senior positions in a 32-year career at KPMG, including Global Managing Director Financial Advisory and Private Equity Division and Head of UK Audit. He was also a member of both the UK and German boards of KPMG. He brings to Imperial international experience in change management, organizational restructuring, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013 and became Chief Financial Officer in November 2013.[7]
Matthew Phillips, LLB Chief Development Officer Matthew held a number of senior roles prior to his appointment to the Board as Corporate Affairs Director in June 2012 and has been integral to the development and implementation of the Group's strategy. In his current role he is responsible for Next Generation Product innovation, product science, smokeless tobacco, corporate development and corporate and legal affairs. Appointed Director in June 2012. Appointed Chief Development Officer, June 2015.[7]
Therese Esperdy Non-Executive Director Therese has significant international investment banking experience having held a number of roles at JP Morgan including Global Chairman of JP Morgan’s Financial Institutions Group, Co-Head of Asia-Pacific Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Head of Debt Capital Markets, and Head of US Debt Capital Markets. She began her career at Lehman Brothers and joined Chase Securities in 1997 prior to the firm's merger with JP Morgan in 2000. Appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2016.

Committee Membership: Member of the Audit Committee and the Succession & Nominations Committee.

External Appointments: Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee of National Grid Plc.[7]

Simon Langelier Non-Executive Director Simon has significant international experience within the tobacco industry. He held a number of senior commercial positions during a 30-year career with Philip Morris International, including in Latin America, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition, he was President of their Next Generation Products & Adjacent Businesses. Appointed Non-Executive Director in June 2017.

Committee Membership: Member of the Audit Committee and the Succession & Nominations Committee.

External Appointments: Chairman of PharmaCielo Limited; Ambassador of Lancaster University.[7]

Steven Stanbrook Non-Executive Director Steven brings considerable international executive experience to the Board, gained in a number of FMCG companies. This includes 18 years at SC Johnson & Son Inc., most recently as Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for managing their international operations.

Steven is a partner of Wind Point Partners and a Director of both Autism Speaks and The Vollrath Company, LLC. Previously he held senior positions at Sara Lee Corporation, including as Chief Executive Officer of Sara Lee Bakery and at CompuServe Corp. He is also a former Non-Executive Director of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. and Hewitt Associates. Appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2016

Committee Membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Succession & Nominations Committee.[7]

Karen Witts, FCA Non-Executive Director Karen brings significant financial and management expertise to the Board. She is currently Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Kingfisher plc and was previously Chief Financial Officer of the Africa, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific Region, at Vodafone plc. Prior to that, Karen held a number of senior positions at BT, including Chief Financial Officer of BT Retail and Managing Director Operations Openreach. Appointed Non-Executive Director in February 2014 and Chairman of the Audit Committee in February 2017.

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Succession and Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

External Appointments: Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Kingfisher plc.[7]

Malcolm Wyman, CA (SA) Senior Independent Non-Executive Director As a qualified accountant and former Chief Financial Officer of SAB Miller plc, with responsibility for the group’s financial operations, corporate finance and development and group strategy, Malcolm brings not only a wealth of financial expertise but also considerable general management experience to the Board. He also meets the recent and relevant financial experience requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code. Appointed Non-Executive Director in October 2011, and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in February 2017. Appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in July 2018. Chairman of the Audit Committee from February 2012 to February 2017.

Committee Membership: Chariman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Succession and Nominations Committee.

External Appointments: Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and former Chairman of the Audit Committee of Nedbank Group Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.[7]

John Downing, MA, SOLICITOR Company Secretary John joined Imperial in 2005 having worked for the law firm Linklaters. He has had a number of senior legal roles in Imperial including playing a leading role in the Altadis acquisition and becoming Head of Group Legal in 2010. He has considerable experience in managing key corporate projects related to financing, business development and other commercial matters. In addition to his Group Company Secretary role, John also has responsibility for the Group's governance, Code of Conduct, security and information security.

Appointment: Appointed Company Secretary in June 2012.[7]

Investments in Unconsolidated Subsidiaries ("significant" > 20 percent):

Incorporated Subsidiaries (overseas, partly owned)

Subsidiary Name [2]:137-140 Country [2]:137-140 Principal activity [2]:137-140 Registered address [2]:137-140 Interest amount (percent) [2]:137-140
Be To Be Pharma, S.L Spain Distribution of pharmaceuticals C/ Trigo, 38 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca – 38914 Leganés, Madrid, Spain 60
Caribbean Investment Corporation, SA (i) Switzerland Dormant c/o Alb. – Louis Dupont-Willemin, Rue du Vieux Collège 10 bis, Ch 1211 Genève 3, 3194, Switzerland 50
CDM Tampa, LLC United States of America Retail c/o Corporation Service Company, 1201 Hays Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301, United States 50
Comercial Iberoamericana SA (i) Spain Wholesale and distribution of tobacco products Paseo de la Castellana, 143 – 10ºA, Madrid, 28046, Spain 50
Compagnie Agricole et Industrielle des Tabacs Africains SAS France Management company 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France 99.9
Compagnie Agricole et Industrielle des Tabacs de Cote D’Ivoire SA, IL (i) Cote D’Ivoire In liquidation BP 418 – Bouake, Cote d’lvoire, Cote d’Ivoire 74.6
Compagnie Réunionnaise des Tabacs SAS France, St Pierre (La Réunion) Manufacture of cigarettes ZI n° 2 – BP 256 – 97457 Saint Pierre Cedex, La Réunion 98.6
Compañía de Distribución Integral de Publicaciones Logista SLU (iv) Spain Distribution of published materials and other products C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings, S.A. (iii) Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Polska, sp. Z o.o. (SL) Poland Distribution of tobacco products in Poland Avenida Jerozolimskie 133/131, 02-304 Varsaw, Poland 60
Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista S.A.U. Spain Distribution of tobacco products in Spain C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Coprova SAS (i) France Distribution of Cuban cigars in the Caribbean 171 Avenue Jean Jaures – Paris CEDEX 19, 75927, France 50
Cuba Cigar, S.L. (i) Spain Distribution of Cuban cigars in the Canary Islands Avenida Andrés Perdomo S/N, Edificio de Zona Franca, Planta Baja, Puerto de la Luz (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), 35008, Spain 50
Cubacigar (Benelux) N.V. (i) Belgium Distribution of cigars in Belgium Reutenbeek, 5 – 3090 Overijse, Belgium 50
Cyberpoint, S.L.U. Spain Distribution of POS software C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Dalso, S.R.L. (i) Dominican Republic Distribution of Cuban cigars in Republic Dominican Avenida Gustavo Mejía Ricart esquina Avenida Abraham Lincoln, Torre Piantini, sexto piso, Ensanche Piantini, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic 50
Distribérica SA Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Distribución de Publicaciones Siglo XXI, Guadalajara Spain Distribution of published materials and other products in Spain Francisco Medina y Mendoza, 2, 19171 Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara, Spain 48
Distribuidora de Ediciones SADE, SAU Spain Distribution of published materials and other products in Spain Calle B, esquina calle 4, s/n. Sector B, Polígono Industrial Zona Franca, 08040 Barcelona, Spain 60
Distribuidora de las Rias SA Spain Distribution of published materials and other products in Spain Avda. Cerezos, Parcela D-28, Polígono Industrial PO.CO.MA.CO , 15190 Mesoiro, La Coruña, Spain 60
Distribuidora del Este S.A.U. Spain Distribution of published materials and other products in Spain Avenida Saturno, 11, 03007, Alicante, Spain 60
Distribuidora del Noroeste SL Spain Distribution of published materials and other products in Spain C/ Gandarón, 34, interior, Vigo, Pontevedra, 36214, Spain 60
Dronas 2002, SLU Spain Industrial parcel and express delivery service Energía, 25-29; Polígono Industrial Nordeste, Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, 08740, Spain 60
Empor – Importação e exportação, SA (i) Portugal Distribution of tobacco products in Portugal Rua João Santos, Lote 2, Lisboa, 1300-325, Portugal 50
Habanos Nordic AB (i) Sweden Distribution of Cuban cigars in Scandinavia August Barks gata 30B SE-42132 Västra Frölunda, Sweden 50
Imperial Tobacco Production Ukraine (i) Ukraine Manufacture of tobacco products in Ukraine ul. Akademika Zabolotnogo, 35, 03026, Kiev, Ukraine 99.9
Imperial Tobacco TKS a.d. (i) Macedonia Manufacture, marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Macedonia ul 11, Oktomvri 125, P O Box 37, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia 99.1
Imperial Tobacco TKS a.d. – Dege Kosove Kosovo Manufacture, marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Kosovo Ahmet Krasniqi, Obj.Redoni C1 B Nr 23, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo 99.1
Imprimerie Industrielle Ivoirienne SA (i) Cote D’Ivoire Printing company Zone Industrielle du Banco, Lots No 147-149-150, 01 BP 4124, Yopougon/Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 72.8
Infifon APS (i) Denmark Holding investments in subsidiary companies 21, INFIFON ApS, Harbour House, Sundkrogsgade, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark 50
Infifon Hong Kong Limited (i) China Distribution of Cuban cigars in China 21/F, Guangdong Investment Tower, 148 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong 50
Infifon I, BV (i) The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies Parklaan 34, Rotterdam, 3016 BC, Netherlands 50
Infifon II NV (i) Netherlands Antilles Distribution of Cuban cigars in Russia Van Engelenweg 23, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles 50
ITB Corporation y Cía., S.R.C. Spain Trademark owner Calle Antonio Maura número 9, Madrid, 28014, Spain 93.3
Jose Costa & Rodrigues, LDA Portugal Tobacco distribution through vending machines Rua de Santa Catarina, bloco E, Loja 20, 4720-352 Ferreiros AMR, freguesia de Ferreiros, Prozelo e Besteiros, Concelho de Amares, Portugal 60
La Mancha 2000, S.A., Sociedad Unipersonal Spain Logistics services Av. de la Veguilla, 12-Nave A- Parcela S-120, Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara, 19171, Spain 60
Lao Tobacco Limited (i) Laos Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Laos KM 8, Thadeua Road, P O Box 181, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic 53
Logesta Deutschland Gmbh, Sociedad Unipersonal Germany Long haul transportation in Germany Pilotystrasse, 4, 80538 München, Germany 60
Logesta France SARL France Long haul transportation in France Inmeuble Le Bristol, 27 Avenue des Murs du Parc, 94300 Vincennes, France 60
Logesta Gestión de Transporte SAU Spain Long haul transportation services in Spain C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Logesta Italia, S.R.L., Sociedad Unipersonal Italy Long haul transportation in Italy Via Valadier, 37 – 00193 Roma, Italy 60
Logesta Lusa LDA Portugal Long haul transportation in Portugal Expanso da Area Industrial do Passil, Edificio Logista, Lote 1A, Palhava, Alcochete, Portugal 60
Logesta Polska Sp Zoo Poland Long haul transportation in Poland Aleje Jerozolimskie 133/32, 02/304 Varsovia, Poland 60
Logista France Holding SA France Holding investments in subsidiary companies Inmeuble Le Bristol, 27 Avenue des Murs du Parc, 94300 Vincennes, France 60
Logista France SAS France Holding investments in subsidiary companies Inmeuble Le Bristol, 27 Avenue des Murs du Parc, 94300 Vincennes, France 60
Logista Italia Spa Italy Long haul transportation in Italy Via Valadier, 37 – 00193 Roma, Italy 60
Logista Pharma SA Spain Distribution of pharmaceuticals Industria, 53-65, Poligono Industrial Nordeste, 08740, Sant Andreu de la Barca, Barcelona, Spain 60
Logista Promotion et Transport SAS France Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in France Inmeuble Le Bristol, 27 Avenue des Murs du Parc, 94300 Vincennes, France 60
Logista, Transportes, Transitários e Pharma, Lda., Sociedad Unipersonal Portugal Industrial parcel delivery and pharmaceutical logistics in Portugal Expanso da Area Industrial do Passil, Edificio Logista, Lote 1A, Palhava, Alcochete, Portugal 60
Logista-Dis SAU Spain Sale of tobacco products in Spain C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
MABUCIG (Manufacture Burkinabe de Cigarette) Burkina Faso Manufacture of cigarettes in Burkina Faso Zone Industrielle de Bobo-Dioulasso, Secteur No 19, Rue 19.14 No adressage 55, B.P. 94 – Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso 72.7
Macotab SAS (Manufacture Corse des Tabacs) France, Bastia Manufacture and sales of cigarettes Route Nationale 193, Furiani, 20600, France 99.9
Manufacture de Cigarettes du Tchad SA T Chad Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Chad 0502 rue 1039, Arrondissement 1, N’DJamena, Chad 95
Midsid – Sociedade Portuguesa de Distribução, S.A., Sociedad Unipersonal Portugal Wholesale of tobacco and other products Expanso da Area Industrial do Passil, Edificio Logista, Lote 1A, Palhava, Alcochete, Portugal 60
MTOA SA (i) Senegal Manufacture and sales of cigarettes in Senegal Km 2-5 Bld du Centenaire de la commune de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal 97.3
My Von Erl. USA Distribution LLC (i) United States of America Sale of e-vapour products in the US 1013 Centre Road, Suite 403S, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, 19805 Delaware, USA 50
NITAF Limited, IL (i) Nigeria In liquidation 28, Ground Floor, Ajasa Street, Off King George V Road, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria 50
Promotora Vascongada de Distribuciones SA Spain Distribution of published materials and other products in Biscay and Santander C/ Guipúzcoa, 5, Polígono Industrial Lezama Leguizamón, 48450 Echevarri, Vizcaya, Spain 60
Publicaciones y Libros SA Spain Publishing company C/ Trigo, 39 – Polígono Industrial Polvoranca, Leganés, Madrid, 28914, Spain 60
Puro Tabaco SA (i) Argentina Distribution of Cuban cigars in Argentina and Chile Lavalle 445, Piso 1, Buenos Aires, Argentina 50
Reemtsma Kyrgyzstan OJSC (i) Kyrgyzstan Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in Kyrgyzstan 249 Ibraimov Street, Bishkek, Kyrghyz Republic, 720011, Kyrgyzstan 98.6
S3T Pte Ltd (i) Singapore Holding investments in subsidiary companies 80 Robinson Road, #02-00, 068898, Singapore 51
SACIMEM SA (i) Madagascar Manufacture of cigarettes in Madagascar 110 Antsirabe – Madagascar, Route d’Ambositra, BP 128, Madagascar 65.4
SITAB Industries SA (i) Cote D’Ivoire Manufacture of cigarettes in Cote D’Ivoire Rue de I’Industrie – Lot No 19, 01 – BP 607, Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire 80.5
SITAR Holding SAS France (La Réunion Island) Holding investments in subsidiary companies Z.I n2, B.P. 256, 97457 Saint Pierre, IIe de La Réunion, France 98.6
Société Africaine d’Impression Industrielle SA (i) Senegal Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Senegal route de Bel Air – Km 2200, Dakar, Senegal 99.8
Société Allumettiere Française SAS France Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes Inmeuble Le Bristol, 27 Avenue des Murs du Parc, 94300 Vincennes, France 60
Société de Distribution Sénégalaise SA (i) Senegal In liquidation Bld Felix Eboue, Dakar, Senegal 97.5
Société des Cigarettes Gabonaises SA (i) Gabon In liquidation 2381 bld Léon MBA, BP 2175, Libreville, Gabon 87.8
Société Industrielle et Agricole du Tabac Tropical SA (i) Congo Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Congo Avenue de la Pointe Hollandaise, Mpila, BP 50, Brazzaville, Congo 89.7
Société Ivoirienne des Tabacs SA (i) (iii) Cote D’Ivoire Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Ivory Coast Cocody-Nord, Quartier Gendarmerie, TF 5937, 01 B.P. 724, Abidjan 74.1
Société Marocaine des Tabacs SA Morocco Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Morocco Boulevard La Corniche, Anfa Place, Immeublep Bureaux Batiments Ousst, Casablanca, 20180, Morocco 99.9
SOCTAM SA (i) Madagascar Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Mali 15 Rue Geoges V, Mahajanga, Madagascar 50.5
Supergroup SAS France Wholesale of tobacco products Inmeuble Le Bristol, 27 Avenue des Murs du Parc, 94300 Vincennes, France 60
T2 Gran Canaria SA Spain Pharmaceutical products logistics in Canary Islands C/ Entreríos Nave 3; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35600, Spain 60
Top Cigars Corporation LLC (i) Russia Distributor of Habanos in Russia Dimitrovskoe shosse 167, 127204 Moscow, Russian Federation 50
Universal Brands, S.A. Spain Trademark owner Calle Antonio Maura número 9, Madrid, 28014, Spain 93.3
Von Erl. Gmbh (i) Austria Sale of e-vapour products in the US and Europe Alte Landstrasse 27, 6060 Hall in Tirol, Austria 50
Von Erl. USA LLC (i) United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 54 Merion Road, PO Box 72, Dover, 19904 Delaware, USA 50
Von Erl. USA Production LLC (i) United States of America Sale of e-vapour products in the US 1013 Centre Road, Suite 403S, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, 19805 Delaware, Universal 50
Xinet SA (i) Uruguay Distribution of Cuban cigars in Uruguay Ciudadela 1373, Montevideo, Uruguay 50

List of Significant Subsidiaries

Registered in England and Wales, Fully Owned

Subsidiary Name [2]:130-131 Principal activity [2]:130-131 Registered address [2]:130-131
Attendfriend Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
British Tobacco Company Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Congar International UK Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Fontem UK Limited In liquidation BDO LLP, Two Snowhill, Birmingham, B4 6GA, England
Imperial Brands Enterprise Finance Limited Provision of treasury services to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Brands Finance PLC Provision of treasury services to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Investments Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Altadis Limited Provision of finance to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Capital Assets (1) Provision of finance to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Capital Assets (2) Provision of finance to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Capital Assets (3) Provision of finance to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Capital Assets (4) Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Group Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Holdings (1) Limited (iv) Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Holdings (2007) Limited (iv) Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Holdings Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Initiatives Provision of finance to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco International Limited Export and marketing of tobacco products 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Lacroix Limited Provision of finance to other Group companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Limited Manufacture, marketing and sale of tobacco products in the UK 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Overseas (Polska) Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Overseas Holdings (1) Limited (viii) Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Overseas Holdings (2) Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Overseas Holdings (3) Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Overseas Holdings Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Overseas Limited (x) Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Pension Trustees (Burlington House) Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Imperial Tobacco Pension Trustees Limited (iv) Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
ITG Brands Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Joseph & Henry Wilson Limited Licensing rights for the manufacture and sale of tobacco products 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
La Flor de Copan UK Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Park Lane Tobacco Company Limited Dormant 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Rizla UK Limited Entity ceased trading 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Sinclair Collis Limited (iv) Distributor of tobacco products in England, Scotland and Wales 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England
Tabacalera de Garcia UK Limited Holding investments in subsidiary companies 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL, England

Incorporated Overseas (Wholly Owned)

Subsidiary Name[2]:131-137 Country[2]:131-137 Principal activity[2]:131-137 Registered address[2]:131-137
800 JR Cigar Inc United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey, 07981, USA
Altadis Canarias SAU (ii) Spain Marketing and sale of tobacco products in the Canary Islands Parque Empresarial Cristalia, Vía de los Poblados, 3, Edificio 7/8, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Altadis Emisiones Financieras SAU Spain Provision of finance to Altadis SA and its subsidiaries Parque Empresarial Cristalia, Vía de los Poblados, 3, Edificio 7/8, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Altadis Holdings USA Inc United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Altadis Luxembourg SA Luxembourg Holding investments in subsidiary companies Luna ArenA, Herikerbergweg 238, 1101 CM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Altadis Management Services Corporation United States of America Trademark service company 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309 USA
Altadis Mayotte SAS France, Mayotte Island Sales and distribution of tobacco products in Mayotte Island C/o SOMACO, BP 15 – Mamoudzou, 97600, Mayotte
Altadis Middle East FZCO United Arab Emirates Sales and marketing of tobacco products in the Middle East P.O. Box. No. 261718, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, 261718, United Arab Emirates
Altadis Ocean Indien SAS France (La Réunion Island) Sales and distribution of tobacco products in La Réunion Island ZI n° 2 – BP 256 – 97457 Saint Pierre Cedex, La Réunion
Altadis Retail Corporation United States of America Trademark owner 300 Delaware Avenue, Ste. 1230, Wilmington, DE, 19801, USA
Altadis S.A.U. Spain Manufacture, sales and distribution of tobacco products in Spain Parque Empresarial Cristalia, Vía de los Poblados, 3, Edificio 7/8, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Altadis Shade Company LLC United States of America Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in the USA 217 Shaker Road, Somers, CT, 06071, USA
Altadis USA Inc United States of America Manufacture and sale of cigars in the USA 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Association pour la Recherche sur les Nicotianées (ARN) France Research and development 48 rue Danton, Fleury-les-Aubrais, 45404, France
Athena IP Vermogensverwaltungs GmbH Germany Davidoff cigarette trademark owner Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Badische Tabakmanufaktur Roth-Händle GmbH Germany Trademark owner Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Cacique, SA – Comércio, Importaçao e Exportaçao Brazil Dormant Rua Marechal Deodoro, 690 – Centro Arapiraca, Alagoas, Brazil
Casa Blanca Inc United States of America Restaurant 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey, 07981, USA
Casa de Montecristo Inc United States of America Retail Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, DE, 19808, USA
Casa de Montecristo FL LLC United States of America Retail CT Corporation Systems, 1200 South Pine Island Road Plantation, Florida, 33324, USA
Casa de Montecristo TN LLC United States of America Retail C T Corporation System, 800 S. Gay Street, Suite 2021, Knoxville, TN 37929, USA
Casa de Montecristo TX LLC United States of America Retail Corporate Service Company, 211 E. 7th Floor, Suite 260, Austin, Texas, TX 78701, USA
CBHC Inc United States of America Dormant 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Cigar Savor Enterprises LLC United States of America Manufacture of tobacco products 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Commonwealth Brands Inc United States of America Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in the USA 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Commonwealth-Altadis, Inc United States of America Sales and distribution of tobacco products in the USA 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Congar International Corp (Delaware) United States of America Manufacturing and distribution of mass market cigars Road 14, Km. 72.2, Ave. Antonio R. Barcelo, Cayey, DE, PR 00736, USA
Connecticut Shade Corporation United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 1013, Centre Road, Wilmington, New Castle, DE, 19805, USA
Consolidated Cigar Holdings Inc (vii) United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Coralma International SAS France Holding investments in subsidiary companies 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
Cuban Cigar Brands BV (v) Netherlands Antilles Trademark owner N.V. Fides, 15 Pietermaai, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
Direct Products Inc (Inactive) United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309, USA
Dunkerquoise des Blends SAS France Tobacco processing 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
East Side Cigar, Inc United States of America Production and distribution of cigars Corporate Service Company, 80 State St, Albany, NY12207-2543, USA
Ets L Lacroix Fils NV/SA Belgium Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in Belgium Sint-Bavostraat 66, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium
Fontem (Beijing) Technology Solutions Limited (i) People’s Republic of China Research and development Units 701 and 702, Level 7, No 15 Southern Jiaodaokou Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Fontem Holdings 1 B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies 12th Floor, Barbara Strozzilaan 101, Amsterdam, 1083 HN, Netherlands
Fontem Holdings 2 B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies 12th Floor, Barbara Strozzilaan 101, Amsterdam, 1083 HN, Netherlands
Fontem Holdings 3 B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies 12th Floor, Barbara Strozzilaan 101, Amsterdam, 1083 HN, Netherlands
Fontem Holdings 4 B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies 12th Floor, Barbara Strozzilaan 101, Amsterdam, 1083 HN, Netherlands
Fontem Holdings B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies 12th Floor, Barbara Strozzilaan 101, Amsterdam, 1083 HN, Netherlands
Fontem International GmbH Germany Holding investments in subsidiary companies Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Fontem US, Inc. United States of America Sales and marketing of tobacco products in the US Suite 350, 1100 South Tryon Road, Charlotte, NC28203, USA
Fontem Ventures B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies 12th Floor, Barbara Strozzilaan 101, Amsterdam, 1083 HN, Netherlands
Huotraco International Limited Cambodia Production and marketing of tobacco products No 299, Preah Ang Duong Street, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daunh Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Imperial Brands Finance France SAS France Provision of finance to other Group companies 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
Imperial Nominees Limited (ii) New Zealand Trustee Company 124-130, Richmond Street, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
Imperial Tobacco (Asia) Pte. Ltd., Singapore Trading of tobacco related products 80 Robinson Road, #02-00, 068898, Singapore
Imperial Tobacco (Beijing) Limited (i) People’s Republic of China In liquidation Rm. 305 D-3F, Vantone Center, Jia No. 6 Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, PRC 100020, China
Imperial Tobacco Australia Holdings B.V. The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies Slachtedijk 28a, 8501 ZA, Joure, Netherlands
Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited Australia Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Australia John Player Special House, Level 4, 4-8 Inglewood Place, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, Australia
Imperial Tobacco Austria Marketing Service GmbH Austria Marketing of tobacco products in Austria Schulhof 6, A-1010 Vienna, Austria
Imperial Tobacco BH doo (i) Bosnia-Herzegovina Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Bosnia Sarajevo, ul Adema Buce 102, Bosnia
Imperial Tobacco Brasil Comércio de Produtos de Tabaco Ltda. Brazil Co-ordinating and monitoring of WEST licence productions and distribution of tobacco products 5th andar (floor), Av. Brig. Faria Lima 3.729, itaim Bib, Sao Paolo, 04538-905, Brazil
Imperial Tobacco Bulgaria EOOD (i) Bulgaria Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in Bulgaria 15 Henrih Ibsen str, Floor 4, Office 4, Sofia, 1407, Bulgaria
Imperial Tobacco China Limited (i) People’s Republic of China In liquidation Colombo 1 & Colombo 2, No 233 Tai Cang Road, Platinum Tower, Shanghai, 200020, China
Imperial Tobacco CR s.r.o. Czech Republic Sales and marketing of tobacco products in the Czech Republic Radlicka 14, Prague 5, 150 00, Czech Republic
Imperial Tobacco Denmark ApS Denmark Distribution of tobacco products in Denmark and Greenland Lyskaer 3 CD, 2730 Herlev, Denmark
Imperial Tobacco Distribution EOOD (i) Bulgaria Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Bulgaria 15 Henrih Ibsen str, Floor 4, Office 4, Sofia, 1407, Bulgariak
Imperial Tobacco Distribution Romania srl Romania Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Romania Nicolae Canea Street no. 140-160, EOS Business Park, 1st Floor North, 2nd District, Bucharest, Romania
Imperial Tobacco EFKA Management GmbH Germany Manufacture of tobacco products in Germany Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Imperial Tobacco España, S.L.U. Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies C/Via de los Poblados, 3 Edif. 7-8, Plantas 3a y 4a, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Imperial Tobacco Estonia OÜ Estonia Sales of tobacco products Valge 13, 11145, Tallinn, Estonia
Imperial Tobacco Finland Oy Finland Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Finland Poikluomantie 1-3, Piispanristi, 20760, Finland
Imperial Tobacco Germany Finance GmbH Germany Holding investments in subsidiary companies Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Imperial Tobacco Hellas S.A. Greece Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Greece 300 Klisthenous Str, 15344 Gerakas, Attikis, Athens, Greece
Imperial Tobacco Holdings (Netherlands) B.V. The Netherlands Provision of finance to other Group companies Slachtedijk 28a, 8501 ZA, Joure, Netherlands
Imperial Tobacco Holdings International B.V. The Netherlands Provision of finance to other Group companies Slachtedijk 28a, 8501 ZA, Joure, Netherlands
Imperial Tobacco Ireland Unlimited Company (v) Ireland Provision of finance to other Group companies 6th Floor, 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Imperial Tobacco Italia S.r.l. Italy Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Italy Via Luca Passi 22, Roma, 00166, Italy
Imperial Tobacco Italy S.r.l., Italy Holding investments in subsidiary companies Via Luca Passi 22, Roma, 00166, Italy
Imperial Tobacco Japan Kabushiki Kaisha Japan Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Japan 5-12-7 Shirokane dai, M6 Shirokane dai Building, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Imperial Tobacco Kyrgyzstan LLC (i) Kyrgyzstan Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Kyrgyzstan 3 Floor, Prime Business Park, 100/2 Furmanov Str, Medeuskiy District, Almaty, 050000, Kazakhstan
Imperial Tobacco Magyarország Dohányforgalmázo Kft (Imperial Tobacco Hungary) Hungary Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Hungary Váci út 141, 1138, Budapest, Hungary
Imperial Tobacco Management (1) Limited Guernsey Holding investments in subsidiary companies 1st & 2nd Floors, Elizabeth House, Les Ruettes Brayes, St Peter Port, GY1 1EW, Guernsey
Imperial Tobacco Management (2) Limited Guernsey Holding investments in subsidiary companies 1st & 2nd Floors, Elizabeth House, Les Ruettes Brayes, St Peter Port, GY1 1EW, Guernsey
Imperial Tobacco Management Luxembourg sarl Luxembourg Holding investments in subsidiary companies 56 Rue Charles Martel, L-2134, Luxembourg
Imperial Tobacco Marketing Sdn Bhd Malaysia Trading of tobacco products Symphony Corporatehouse SdnBhd, Level 8 Symphony House, Block D13, Pusat Dagangan Dana 1, Jalan PJU 1A/46, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Imperial Tobacco Mullingar Unlimited Company Ireland Manufacture of fine cut tobacco in the Republic of Ireland Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Imperial Tobacco New Zealand Limited New Zealand Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in New Zealand 124-130, Richmond Street, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
Imperial Tobacco Norway AS Norway Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Norway Ryensvingen 2-4, 0680, Oslo, Norway
Imperial Tobacco Polska Manufacturing SA Poland Manufacture of tobacco products in Poland Ul. Tytoniowa 2/6, Radom, 26-600, Poland
Imperial Tobacco Polska S.A. Poland Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in Poland Jankowice, ul. Przemyslowa 1, Pl-62-080, Tarnowo-Podgome, Poland
Imperial Tobacco Portugal SSPLC Portugal Advertising and support management 144, 7 DT, Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon, Portugal
Imperial Tobacco Sales & Marketing LLC Russia Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Russia Degtjarnyi pereulok 4-1, 125009 Moskau, Russian Federation
Imperial Tobacco SCG doo Beograd (i) Serbia Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in Serbia PC VSCE, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 6/XII Floor, Belgrade, 11070, Serbia
Imperial Tobacco Sigara ve Tutunculuck Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. Turkey Manufacture of tobacco products in Turkey Halide Edip Adivar Mahallesi, Darülaceze Cad. No:3, Akin Plaza Kat 7, Sisli, Istanbul, 34382, Turkey
Imperial Tobacco Slovakia a.s. Slovak Republic Sales and marketing of tobacco products in the Slovak Republic 7A Galvaniho, 824 53 Bratislava, Slovakia
Imperial Tobacco South Africa S.A. Panama Provision of services to other Group companies Regus Business Centre, River Park, River Lane, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Imperial Tobacco Taiwan Co Limited Taiwan Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Taiwan 14F, No 145, Sec 2, Jianguo N. Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan Province of China
Imperial Tobacco Taiwan Manufacturing Company Limited Taiwan Manufacture of tobacco products in Taiwan No 8 Cyunyi Road, Jhunan, MiaoLi County 350, Taiwan Province of China
Imperial Tobacco Tutun Urunleri Satis Ve Pazarlama A.S. Turkey Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Turkey Halide Edip Adivar Mahallesi, Darülaceze Cad. No:3, Akin Plaza Kat 7, Sisli, Istanbul, 34382, Turkey
Imperial Tobacco Ukraine (i) Ukraine Sales and marketing of tobacco products in Ukraine ul. Akademika Zabolotnogo, 35, 03026, Kiev, Ukraine
Imperial Tobacco US Holdings BV The Netherlands Holding investments in subsidiary companies Slachtedijk 28a, 8501 ZA, Joure, Netherlands
Imperial Tobacco Volga LLC (i) Russia Manufacture of tobacco products in Russia ul.Tomskaja 7, 400048 Volgograd, Russian Federation
Imperial Tobacco West Africa SAS (i) Cote D’Ivoire Holding investments in subsidiary companies Cocody-Nord, Quartier Gendarmerie, TF 5937, 01 B.P. 724 Abidjan
Imperial Tobacco Yaroslavl CJSC (i) Russia Manufacture of tobacco products in Russia 22, Pobedy St., 150040 Yaroslavl, 150040, Russian Federation
Imperial Tobacco Zagreb doo (i) Croatia Marketing and distribution of tobacco related products in Croatia Gradičanska 30, Zagreb, HR-10000, Croatia
IMPTOB South Africa (Pty) Limited South Africa Provision of services to other Group companies uite 107, Beacon Rock, 21 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga 4319, South Africa
International Marketing Promotional Services Limited Nigeria Sales and marketing and of tobacco products in Nigeria 13 A, Dapo Solanke Close – Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria
ITB Corporation Limited Bahamas Trademark owner Building of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas
ITG Brands Holdco LLC United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies 714, Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408, USA
ITG Brands, LLC United States of America Marketing and distribution of tobacco products in the USA Corporate Service Company, 211 E. 7th Floor, Suite 260, Austin, Texas, TX 78701, USA
ITG Holdings USA Inc (ix) United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies C/o The Corporation Trust Co, 1209 Orange Street, City of Wilmington, County of Newcastle, DE 19801, USA
ITI Cigars SRL Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies Parque Empresarial Cristalia, Vía de los Poblados, 3, Edificio 7/8, Madrid, 28033, Spain
ITL Pacific (HK) Limited Hong Kong Manufacture and sale of tobacco and tobacco related products Room 3907-09, 39th floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queens Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
J & R Tobacco (New Jersey) Corp United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey, 07981, USA
JAW-Invest Oy Finland Trademark owner Poikluomantie 1-3, Piispanristi, 20760, Finland
John Player & Sons Limited Ireland Sales and marketing of tobacco products in the Republic of Ireland 21, Beckett Way, Park West, Nangor Road, Dublin, 12, Ireland
John Player Ireland Pension Trustee Limited Ireland Trustee Company 21, Beckett Way, Park West, Nangor Road, Dublin, 12, Ireland
JR Cigar (DC) Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey, 07981, USA
JR Cigars.com, Inc. United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 405 East Market Street, P.O. Drawer 1960, Smithfield, North Carolina, 27577, USA
JR Mooresville, Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 405 East Market Street, P.O. Drawer 1960, Smithfield, North Carolina, 27577, USA
JR Tobacco NC, Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 405 East Market Street, P.O. Drawer 1960, Smithfield, North Carolina, 27577, USA
JR Tobacco of America Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 327, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, 27603, USA
JR Tobacco of Burlington Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 327, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, 27603, USA
JR Tobacco of Michigan Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 601, Abbott Road, East lansing, Ingham, MI, 48823, USA
JR Tobacco Outlet Inc United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey, 07981, USA
JSNM SARL France Trademark owner 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
La Flor de Copan SAS France Manufacture of cigars in Honduras 320, Rue Saint-Honore, Paris, 75001, France
Los Olvidados SRL Dominican Republic Manufacture and distribution of cigars 129, Independencia Street, Santiago, 51000, Dominican Republic
Max Rohr, Inc United States of America Trademark owner 300 Delaware Avenue, Ste. 1267, Wilmington, DE,19801, USA
MC Management, Inc. United States of America Provision of services to other Group companies 301 Route 10 East, Whippany, New Jersey, 07981, USA
Meccarillos France, SA Luxembourg Holding investments in subsidiary companies Route Des Trois Cantons 9, 8399 Windhof, Luxembourg
Meccarillos International, SA Luxembourg Holding investments in subsidiary companies Route Des Trois Cantons 9, 8399 Windhof, Luxembourg
Meccarillos Suisse, SA Luxembourg Holding investments in subsidiary companies Route Des Trois Cantons 9, 8399 Windhof, Luxembourg
Midtown Cigar, Inc. United States of America Sales of tobacco and tobacco related products Corporate Service Company, 80 State St, Albany, NY12207-2543, USA
Millennium Tobacco Unlimited Company Ireland Provision of finance to other Group companies 21, Beckett Way, Park West, Nangor Road, Dublin, 12, Ireland
Newglade International Unlimited Company Ireland Provision of finance to other Group companies 6th Floor, 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
Philippine Bobbin Corporation Philippines Manufacture of tobacco related products Cavite Economic Zone, Phase II, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines
PT Reemtsma Indonesia Indonesia In liquidation Pondok Indah Office Tower 3, 17th floor, JL Sultan Iskandar Mudakav V-TA, Pondok Indah, Jakarta 12310, Indonesia
Real Club de Golf la Herrería S.A. Spain Management of golf course CR. Robledo de Chavela, S/N. San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid, 28200, Spain
REEMARK Gesellschaft für Markenkooperation mbH Germany Dormant Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH Germany Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in Germany Max-Born-Straße 4, Hamburg, 22761, Germany
Robert Burton Associates Limited United States of America Marketing of papers in the US 5900 North Andrews Avenue, Ste. 1100, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, FL 33309, USA
Santa Clara Inc United States of America Distribution of cigars 327, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, 27603, USA
Skruf Snus AB Sweden Manufacture, marketing, sales of tobacco products in Sweden Kungsgatan 12-14, Floor 7, Stockholm, SE-111 35, Sweden
Société Centrafricaine de Cigarettes SA (i) Central African Republic Manufacture and distribution of cigarettes in Central African Republic Rue David Dacko, BP 1446, Bangui, Central African Republic
Société Centrafricaine de Distribution Sarl (i) Central African Republic Dormant Avenue Boganda Pk4, Bangui, Central African Republic
Société du Mont Nimba Sarl (i) Guinea Dormant BP 3391, Conakry, Guinea
Société Nationale d’Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs et Allumettes SAS (SEITA) France Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in France, and export of tobacco products 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
Société pour le Développement du Tabac en Afrique SAS France Purchasing company 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
System Designed to Africa Sarl Morocco Distribution of tobacco products Km 17, Route national de Rabat, Ain Harrouda, Morocco
Tabacalera Brands Inc United States of America Trademark owner 300 Delaware Avenue, Ste. 1267, Wilmington, DE 19801, USA
Tabacalera Brands SLU Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies Parque Empresarial Cristalia, Vía de los Poblados, 3, Edificio 7/8, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Tabacalera de Garcia Limited Bermuda Holding investments in subsidiary companies Claredon House, 2 Church Street, Hamilton, HM 11, Bermuda
Tabacalera de Garcia SAS France Manufacture of cigars in the Dominican Republic 320, Rue Saint-Honore, Paris, 75001, France
Tabacalera SLU Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies C/Via de los Poblados, 3 Edif. 7-8, Plantas 3a y 4a, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Tabacalera USA Inc United States of America Holding investments in subsidiary companies Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, DE, 19808, USA
Tahiti Tabacs SASU France, Papeete (Tahiti) Distribution of tobacco products in Denmark and Greenland PK 4, 300 Côté mer, 98701 Arue, BP 20692 Papeete, French Polynesia
Tobacco Products Fulfillments, Inc. United States of America Fulfilment services PK 4, 300 Côté mer, 98701 Arue, BP 20692 Papeete, French Polynesia
Tobaccor SAS (v) France Holding investments in subsidiary companies 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
Tobačna 3DVA, trgovsko podjetje, d.o.o. Slovenia Retail of products in Slovenia Cesta 24., junija 90, SI 1231 Ljubljana – Ĉrnuče, Slovenia
Tobačna Grosist d.o.o. Slovenia Marketing and distribution in Slovenia Cesta 24., junija 90, SI 1231 Ljubljana – Ĉrnuče, Slovenia
Tobačna Ljubljana d.o.o. (v) Slovenia Sales and marketing tobacco products in Slovenia Cesta 24., junija 90, SI 1231 Ljubljana – Ĉrnuče, Slovenia
Tobamark International SA France Trademark owner 143 bd Romain Rolland, Cedex 14, Paris, 75685, France
Urex Inversiones SA Spain Holding investments in subsidiary companies Parque Empresarial Cristalia, Vía de los Poblados, 3, Edificio 7/8, Madrid, 28033, Spain
Van Nelle Canada Limited (vii) Canada Import and distribution of tobacco and tobacco related products in Canada Suite 200, 389 Connell Street, Woodstock, NB, E7M 5G5, Canada
Van Nelle Tabak Nederland B.V. (x) The Netherlands Manufacture and sale of tobacco products in the Netherlands Slachtedijk 28a, 8501 ZA, Joure, Netherlands
Van Nelle Tobacco International Holdings B.V. The Netherlands Sale of tobacco and tobacco related products Slachtedijk 28a, 8501 ZA, Joure, Netherlands
West Park Tobacco Inc. United States of America Purchase company for USA tobaccos c/o CT Corporation System, 4701 Cox Road, Ste 301,Glen Allen/Richmond, VA 23060-6802, USA

Forecast

On March 2019, Imperial Brands released a pre-closing trading update confirming that the company is on track to meet constant currency net revenue and earnings expectations for the full year. [11]

Imperial Brands and British American Tobacco have had GBP 8.6 billion wiped off their stock market value as the United States FDA announcement to crack down on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes. [12] Imperial reported revenue from tobacco and next-generation products rose 2.1 percent to 7.73 billion pounds in the year to Sept. 30. That was better than analysts’ average estimate of 7.63 billion, according to a company-supplied consensus. For the year ahead, Imperial said it expects to deliver constant currency revenue growth at, or above, the upper end of a 1 to 4 percent growth range.[13]

Profitability

According to Imperial's website, Priority Growth Markets are characterised by large profit and/or volume pools with shares below 15 per cent and a real potential for long-term share and profit growth. The website lists the following countries: Italy, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia. [14]

Imperial has relatively large shares in Returns Markets, mostly above 15 percent. The focus is on managing strong positions in these markets, whilst driving sustainable profit growth. Priority Returns Markets include Australia, France,United Kingdom, Germany, Spain. [14]

Annual Trends

Tobacco Segment

(in millions GBP)

2017 [2]:91 2016 [15]:90 2015 [16]:85 2014 (Restated) [16]:85 2014 [17]:83 2013 [18]:98
Revenue 22,786 20,890 19,011 19,501 19,656 20,881
Net revenue 7,757 7,167 6,251 6,421 6,576 7,007
Operating profit 2,199 2,126 1,910 1,925 1,970 1,888
Adjusted operating profit 3,595 3,360 2,895 2,805 2,850 3,003
Adjusted operating margin percentage 46.3 46.9 46.3 43.7 43.3 42.9

Profits Per Reportable Segments

Growth Markets

Growth Markets

(in millions GBP)

2017 [2]:91-92 2016 [15]:90-91 2015 [16]:85-86 2014 (Restated) [16]:85-86 2014 [17]:83 2013 [18]:98-99
Total revenue 3,665 3,137 3,019 3,192 3,893 4,303
External revenue 3,602 3,085 2,970 3,145 3,846 4,253
Tobacco Net Revenue 1,768 1,568 1,449 1,513 2,113 2,254

Returns Markets North

Returns Markets North

(in millions GBP)

2017 [2]:91-92 2016 [15]:90-91 2015 [16]:85-86 2014 (Restated) [16]:85-86 2014 [17]:83 2013 [18]:98-99
Total revenue 13,533 12,537 12,332 12,939 12,939 13,527
External revenue 13,503 12,504 12,303 12,915 12,915 13,506
Tobacco Net Revenue 2,755 2,645 2,649 2,801 2,801 2,929

Returns Markets South

Returns Markets South

(in millions GBP)

2017 [2]:91-92 2016 [15]:90-91 2015 [16]:85-86 2014 (Restated) [16]:85-86 2014 [17]:83 2013 [18]:98-99
Total revenue 2,463 2,274 2,245 2,497 2,824 3,051
External revenue 1,748 1,598 1,576 1,753 2,080 2,222
Tobacco Net Revenue 1,569 1,477 1,446 1,600 1,662 1,824

USA

USA

(in millions GBP)

2017 [2]:91-92 2016 [15]:90-91 2015 [16]:85-86 2014 (Restated) [16]:85-86
Total revenue 3,125 2,942 1,415 873
External revenue 3,125 2,942 1,415 873
Tobacco Net Revenue 1,665 1,477 707 507

Acquisitions

Recent acquisitions Acquired Organization Name Acquiring Organization Name Announced Date Value

(in USD)

Nerudia acquired by Imperial Brands [19] Nerudia [19] Imperial Brands 1/11/2017 0.00
Rizla acquired by Imperial Brands [19] Rizla Imperial Brands 22/01/1997 0.00

Barjan - Mistic Electronic Cigarettes Brand acquired by Imperial Brands [19]

Barjan - Mistic Electronic Cigarettes Brand

Imperial Brands 12/11/2012 0.00
Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH acquired by Imperial Brands [19] Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH Imperial Brands 1/01/2003 0.00
Davidoff acquired by Imperial Brands [19] Davidoff Imperial Brands 1/08/2006 739 million

Shareholders

Name Number of ordinary shares Percentage of issued share capital
Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC [20] 13,535,355 1.42
Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc [20] 2,094,950 0.22

Imperial Brands has recently invested in a cannabis-focused biotech company that is researching how compounds in cannabis can be turned into medicine. [21]

Tobacco companies have received more than GBP 45 million investment from the United Kingdom's Lincolnshire County Council’s pension fund. The current investment (as of January 2019) for Imperial Brands sits at GBP 4.6 million. [22]

Market Share

In 2017, Imperial Tobacco grew market share in Russia [2]:17 and Poland [2]:18. In 2016, Imperial Tobacco was the world’s fifth-largest international cigarette company based on market share. [5]

Emerging Markets

Growth or Emerging Markets are mainly large profit or volume pools where Imperial Market typically have market shares below 15 percent and where the total tobacco approach provides many opportunities for share and profit growth both now and in the future.[2]:91

Growth Markets include: Iraq, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan (also includes premium cigar and Fontem Ventures)[2]:91

Factory Openings and Closures

Imperial Tobacco Group met with Reidsville tobacco manufacturing facility employees in November 2018 to discuss plans to move operations to its Greensboro manufacturing facility. The tobacco company says all of its cigarette production will shift to the company's Greensboro facility by 2020. [23]

Year Issue
2016 Closure of the Logrono (GBP 108 million) and Mullingar (GBP 21 million) factories. [15]:92
2014 Imperial Tobacco announced proposed closure of cigarette factories in Nottingham and Nantes. [17]:10

Dividends

Table below provides review of dividend payment history since 2014:

Ex-dividend Date Payment Date Amount (in p)
15 January 2015 15 February 2015 89.3[24]
28 May 2015 30 June 2015 21.4[24]
27 August 2015 30 September 2015 21.4[24]
19 November 2015 31 December 2015 49.1[24]
4 February 2016 31 March 2016 49.1p[24]
19 May 16 30 June 16 23.5[24]
18 August 2016 30 September 2016 23.5[24]
17 November 2016 30 December 2016 54.1[24]
16 February 2017 31-Mar-17 54.1[24]
18 May 17 30 June 17 25.85[24]
17 August 2017 29 September 2017 25.85[24]
16 November 2017 29 December 2017 59.51[24]
22 February 2018 29 March 18 59.51[24]
24 May 18 29 June 18 28.435[24]
23 August 2018 28 September 2018 28.435[24]

Products

Key Portfolio

The company’s tobacco portfolio offers a range of papers and cigars, fine cut, smokeless tobaccos and cigarettes. Through their subsidiary Fontem Ventures, Imperial Brands is also strengthening their range of tobacco free smoking products, including the e-vapour brand blu. The tobacco brands of Imperial Brands are sold in 160 countries worldwide, including the United States where it has a market share of six percent with their ITG brands: Maverick, Winston and Kool, where each of them accounts for some two percent respectively. The share of the company’s revenue in the United States accounted for some 20.6 percent in 2016, amounting to about 1.5 billion USD in that year. [5]

In 2017, the company's Growth Brands (Davidoff, Gauloises Blondes, JPS, West, Fine, News, Winston, Bastos, Lambert & Butler and Parker & Simpson) accounted for approximately 60.2 percent of Imperial Brands' Group sales volumes. [5]

Growth Brands [25]

  • Davidoff
  • Gauloises
  • P&S
  • News
  • West
  • Winston
  • L&B
  • Bastos
  • JSP
  • Fine

Specialist Brands[25]

  • Gitanes
  • Jade
  • Habana
  • Kool
  • Rizzla
  • blu
  • Cohiba
  • Montecristo
  • Drum
  • Golden Viginia
  • skruf
  • Backwoods

Heated Tobacco Products

A press release sent out on October 3 2018 by ResearchandMarkets.com noted Imperial Brands, in partnership with China National Tobacco, established a joint venture, Global Horizon Ventures Limited (GHVL) focused on long-term earnings potential and competitive position in the growing smokeless tobacco market. [26] Imperial said it will debut its first heated-tobacco product Pulze in Japan. The company predicted that such smoking alternatives may add as much as 1.5 billion pounds (USD 2 billion) in revenue in 2020. [12]

In Summer 2018, Imperial launched a product called myblu, in reaction Juul's entry into the US market. [27]

A 2014 report by Public Health England revealed that Imperial-owned cigarettes are sold in Lloyds and Boots pharmacies around the United Kingdom. This is against the advice of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. In 2014, Lloyds Pharmacy began selling Vype and Boots pharmacies began selling Puritane, the e-cigarette brand owned by Imperial tobacco’s subsidiary Fontem. [28]

Volumes

Volume of Cigarettes by Region

Volumes (in billions stick equivalent) 2017 2016 2015 2014 (Restated) 2014 2013
Group Volume 265.2 [2]:15 276.5 [15]:13 285.1 [16]:9 294.0 [17]:8 294.0 [17]:8 317.0 [18]:6
Growth Brands Volume 159.6 [2]:8 151.0 [15]:6 145.1 [16]:12 131.0 [17]:11 131.0 [17]:11 129.0 [18]:8
Growth Brands Volume (percent) 60.2 54.7 50.9 44.6 44.6 40.7

Marketing and External Relations

Global Campaigns

In February 2019, Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids and Netnografica LLC published the results of a two-year investigation into how the big tobacco companies, including Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, and Imperial Brands used social media influencers to promote their products online. [29]

In 2014, an Imperial Tobacco ad campaign promoting a free-to-download app listing smoking-friendly bars and venues has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for "normalising" and "condoning" smoking. Imperial Tobacco ran a series of poster ads under the name Smoke Spots, with no indication on the ads that the free app was provided by Imperial Tobacco. [30]

Events

In 2015, World Bank pulled out of the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Tax Forum, which was to be co-organized by a consortium funded by several transnational tobacco companies, including Imperial. [31]

Corporate Social Responsibility

In May 2014, Guardian reported Imperial Tobacco Group was amongst the companies purchasing tobacco grown in the United States. According to Guardian, these companies current approaches 'did not sufficiently protect children from hazardous work and some companies allow for lower standards of protection for children in their US supply chain than for children working on tobacco farms in other countries'.[32]

Imperial is a board member of the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT). [33] A report published in April 2018 by Human Rights Watch said there was widespread child labour in tobacco farms in Zimbabwe, where multinationals including Imperial buy tobacco. [34] The ECLT Board members include: International Tobacco Growers Association; Alliance One International; Altria Client Services; British American Tobacco; Contrax-Nicotex Tobacco; Hail & Cotton; Imperial Tobacco Group; Japan Tobacco International; Philip Morris International; Premium Tobacco; Scandinavian Tobacco Group; Sunel Ticaret Turk; Swedish Match; and Universal Leaf Tobacco. [35] The partnership has been ongoing since 2002 and seeks to eliminate child labour and promote workers’ rights in tobacco-growing communities in Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. [36]

In 2015, Imperial Tobacco contributed GBP 57,000 to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. [37]

Academic resource Tobacco Tactics provides an extensive overview of Imperial's 2014 Love Where You Live campaign here. [38]

In 2014, Imperial Tobacco Poland was presented with an award from the country's Business Centre Club, recognizing the significant contribution it makes to the nation’s economy. [39]

Sponsorship

Imperial Tobacco was one of the sponsors of the 2018 Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) Conference was held in November 2018under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, Lebanese President of the Council of Ministers, in Beirut, Lebanon. [40]

Marketing to Kids

The UK Advertising Standards Authority banned Imperial Tobacco’s posters for Rizla cigarette rolling papers for appealing to under-18s and suggesting that smoking is safe. [41]

Imperial Tobacco have designed and marketed smaller models of vapes that appeal to young people. The Vype E-Pod starter kit, which sells for CAD 45 online, is being advertised by Imperial Tobacco as a vape that looks small but “hits big”.[42]

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids investigation into over 100 social media campaigns by Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Brands revealed tobacco companies pay social media influencers on platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to advertise their products. [43]

An investigation exposing how tobacco companies market cigarettes on social media around the world revealed Imperial Tobacco products were seen near schools in 22 countries in a smaller number. Despite the findings a spokesman for Imperial Brands said to company ensures:

  "that our product and brand communications are not aimed at, or made appealing to, people under the age of 18 or non-smokers, and that we operate in accordance with local laws”. [44]

In the United States, investigations into Imperial Brands’ efforts to market to kids have uncovered an explosion of sweet-flavored tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes and cigars. [45]

In an interview with the Times, CEO of Imperial, Alison Cooper admitted that the company sends e-cigarettes to social media influencers. [46]

Political Spending

For a list of political contributions in the United States look here.

2016 2014 2012
Democrats [47] 12,500 4,000 19,500
Republicans [47] 27,900 74,000 75,200
Percentage Democrats [47] 31 5 21
Percentage Republicans [47] 69 95 79
Total [47] 40,400 78,000 94,700
Chamber Member Amount

(in USD) [47]

Senate Burr, Richard (R-NC) 8,000
Senate Scott, Tim (R-SC) 5,000
Senate Toomey, Pat (R-PA) 3,500
Senate Blunt, Roy (R-MO) 2,500
Senate Casey, Bob (D-PA) 2,500
Senate McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) 2,500
Senate Moran, Jerry (R-KS) 2,500
House Ellmers, Renee (R-NC) 2,000
House Guthrie, Brett (R-KY) 1,500
House Kelly, Mike (R-PA) 1,000
House Meehan, Patrick (R-PA) 1,000
House Murphy, Tim (R-PA) 1,000
House Boehner, John (R-OH) (2,600)

Reporting and regulation

Investigations

According to the Independent, British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International have all shifted their corporate structures to minimise their tax bills in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Bath found. Despite being headquartered in Britain, Imperial Brands paid an effective rate of just 13 per cent over the past seven years, during which corporation tax has varied between 20 per cent and 28 per cent. British American Tobacco is also based in the UK but paid “virtually no” corporation tax over the same period, including four consecutive years (2011-14) where it paid nothing at all, the paper found. [48]

Tobacco Litigation

A full list of tobacco industry litigation cases can be found here.

A Canadian court has upheld the bulk of a decision that ordered three tobacco companies to pay billions in damages. The judgment involves class action suits that were consolidated against Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald. [49] Imperial Tobacco is using Chapter 15 to protect tobacco stored in U.S. after losing an appeal of a Canadian court judgment. British American Tobacco’s Canadian unit has filed bankruptcy in the U.S. after losing the appeal. [50]

In February 2018, Dutch prosecutors rejected attempted murder case brought against the world's largest tobacco Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco by mother with lung cancer. [51]

Year Country Update
2006 Italy Imperial Tobacco is currently facing two claims in Italy. The first is against Logista, which is the subject of a challenge on grounds of jurisdiction and the admission of evidence. This challenge was heard in 2006 but judgment is still awaited. The second claim has been brought in the Court of Messina against Imperial Tobacco Italia and Reemtsma by two individuals claiming EUR800,000 in total. We have denied liability. [2]:50
2015 Morocco In June 2015, a claim was filed in the Casablanca Court by the heirs of a deceased individual against our Moroccan subsidiary,

Société Marocaine des Tabacs. The total amount of compensation sought was not specified. On 9 February 2016, the Casablanca Court found in favour of SMT and dismissed the claim. No appeal has been filed. [2]:50

NA Argentina Imperial Tobacco subsidiary, Société Nationale d’Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs et Allumettes SAS (SEITA), has been notified of a claim filed in the Court of Buenos Aires against Nobleza Piccardo by an individual smoker. Nobleza Piccardo has denied liability. Nobleza Piccardo manufactures and distributes two brands of cigarettes owned by SEITA in Argentina under the terms of a Licence Agreement. Nobleza Piccardo has sought to invoke an indemnity contained in the Licence Agreement, pursuant to which SEITA is responsible for any product liability to third parties. The amount claimed is ARS 8,980,200. The claim is currently in the evidence production period, during which all expert and witness evidence will be produced. [2]:50
2016 Russia In August 2016, a claim was filed in the Russian Court against 18 tobacco companies including JSC Imperial Tobacco Yaroslavl by an individual claiming RUB 523,480,297 and other amounts related to the profits of the defendants. Imperial was notified of the claim by the Russian Court in February 2017. The claim was dismissed in full at a hearing in April 2017. The claimant appealed the decision. The appeal was heard on 18 July 2017 by Moscow Court’s Judicial Panel for Civil Cases. The appeal was dismissed in full and the claimant has until 18 January 2018 to appeal the decision. [2]:50
NA The Netherlands Reports in the public media indicate that a complaint has been lodged with the Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands directed at the four major tobacco manufacturers, including Imperial Tobacco Benelux. Neither Imperial Tobacco Benelux nor any of its employees has been charged by the Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands, but we are monitoring developments. [2]:50
2017 Poland On 9 October 2017, Imperial Tobacco Polska SA (“Imperial Polska”) received notice that a claim has been filed against it in the

Regional Court in Poznań by an individual claiming PLN 1,000,000 by way of compensation for alleged smoking related health effects. Imperial Polska has not yet filed a Statement of Defence but it intends to deny liability. [2]:50

2016 United States A number of smoking and health-related claims have been brought against Imperial Tobacco Group Brands in the state courts. Imperial Tobacco Group Brands has the benefit of an indemnity from another manufacturer in respect of each of these claims. As a result, ITG Brands either has been dismissed, or is expected to be dismissed, without prejudice from each of the claims.[2]:50
2016 United States Imperial Tobacco is currently defending one e-vapour-related claim in the USA. This is a consolidation of two purported class actions (Diek and Whitney) seeking to recover unquantified damages, including punitive damages. A claim that had been brought by the Center for Environmental Health alleging violations of the California Safe Drinking and Toxic Enforcement Act ended. [2]:50

In 2015, tobacco companies including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group took the British government to court on Thursday, arguing that the UK’s “plain packaging” law, unlawfully takes away its intellectual property. [52]

Imperial Brands (majority share owner of Lao Tobacco Company) and Lao-China Hongta Good Luck Company Ltd.,violated the law by not printing pictorial health warnings on their cigarette packs. These two companies control over 80 percent of the cigarette market in Lao PDR. [53]

Partners and Allies

In 2017, the organization has paid between EUR 400,000 and EUR 499,999 on activities related to lobbying and registration fees within the EuropeanUnion. [6]

According to Transparency Register, in 2017 Imperial disclosed it was a member of the following associations:

  • Confederation of EC Cigarette Manufacturers [6]
  • European Smoking Tobacco Association [6]
  • European Cigar Manufacturers Association [6]
  • European Rolling Papers Association [6]
  • European Travel Retail Council [6]
  • Wirtschaftsrat [6]
  • Public Affairs Council [6]

Lobbying

Main European Union initiatives, policies and legislative files followed by the organization are:

  • The implementation of Directive 2014/40/EU on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture , presentation, and sale of tobacco and related products. [6]
  • Review of Directive 2011/64/EC, on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco. [6]
  • Review of Council Directive 2008/118/EC concerning the general arrangements for excise duty and repealing Directive 92/12/EEC [6]

The organization employs three part-time and four full-time lobbyists. The European Union Register lists the following employees:

Name Contract Status Start Date End Date
Valerio Forconi [6] Active 30 November 2018 30 November 2019
Dries Maebe [6] Active 30 November 2018 30 November 2019
Justyna Smok-Chajn [6] Active 13 March 2019 31 March 2020

In 2017, Fontem Ventures, affiliated with Imperial Tobacco used the services of Aspect Consulting for lobbying in Brussels [54] and Blue Star Strategies globally. [55] Politico reported that a petition calling for vaping products to be treated differently from tobacco, registered with the European Commission, received a EUR 10,000 contribution from Imperial Brands. [56]

Memberships

The website TobaccoTactics, offers an updated list of organizations Imperial Tobacco was a member or supporter of in 2017. The Austrian Public Affairs Association website lists Hanna Friedl and Jared Wiener from Imperial Tobacco Austria as members. [57]

Imperial Tobacco is a Gold member of the Scottish Grocers Federation, a front group 'promoting responsible community retailing by lobbying, communication, networking and advice.' As of 2018, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International were both listed as members on the organization's website. [58]

Politics

Scottish National Party accepted conference fees from Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco. Both companies were at the SNP Party Conference after buying "business day" passes advertised at GBP 1,750 each. [59]

In 2010, European Commission announced a multi-year agreement with Imperial Tobacco to work together in tackling the illicit trade in tobacco products. Under the legally binding agreement, ITL will work with the European Commission, its anti-fraud office OLAF, and Member States’ law enforcement authorities to help in the fight against contraband and counterfeit cigarettes. The Agreement included a USD 300 million contribution (over the next 20 years) by Imperial Tobacco. [60]

Consultancies, Banking and Finance

Name Contract Status Notes Notable Clients
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) (2017) Active PwC are Imperial Tobacco's auditors. [2]:43,71
  • Bank of America
  • American International Group
  • Chase
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Prudential Financial
  • IBM
  • United Technologies

[61]

KPMG (2017) TBC KPMG LLP UK prepared a report on Illicit tobacco in New Zealand for Imperial Tobacco New Zealand Limited.[62]

A KPMG conducted a study for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International that revealed one in every ten cigarettes consumed in the European Union in 2013 were illicit. [63]

  • Siemens
  • Dangote Group
  • The State of Hawaii [64]
Pinsent Masons LLP (2017) Active Pinsent Masons LLP provided legal advice in respect of the operation of the Group’s employee share plans. [2]:71
  • Transport for London
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • E.ON
Allen & Overy LLP (2017) Active Allen & Overy LLP is available to provide legal advice to Imperial Tobacco's Renumeration Committee as and when required. It was not used for remuneration-related advice during the financial year. Allen & Overy LLP also provided other legal services to the Group. [2]:71 NA

Marketing and Public Relations

Name Contract Status Notes Other Clients
MSQ Partners(2018) Active Blu, the vaping brand owned by Imperial Tobacco, has appointed MSQ Partners and Fold7-backed brand experience agency Hyperactive to work on the launch campaign. [65]
  • British Airways
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Nasdaq
  • Clinique
  • Close Brothers
  • CocaCola
  • Diageo
  • Proctor&Gamble
  • Unilever
  • Walmart
  • Peugeot
  • TalkTalk
  • Merck
  • Nivea Men
  • Her Majesties Government
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Hertz
  • Lotus[66]
Hyperactive (2018) Active Blu, the vaping brand owned by Imperial Tobacco, has appointed MSQ Partners and Fold7-backed brand experience agency Hyperactive to work on the launch campaign. [67]
  • Carlsberg
  • Argos
  • NPower
  • Guinness World Records
  • Eurostar
  • Chelsea FC
  • Tag Heuer
  • Beats By Dre[68]
Proximity (2015) NA In March 2014, Proximity picked up Imperial Tobacco’s global creative account. WPP’s Deepblue Networks was the incumbent. [69]
  • Cochlear
  • The Economist
  • Volkswagen
  • Dubai Tourism
  • Midas
  • Wateraid
  • Audi Spain
  • Me Bank
  • Foxtel[70]
FTI (2016) Active FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm. [71]
Aspect Consulting (2014) Active In 2017, Fontem Ventures, affiliated with Imperial Tobacco used the services of Aspect Consulting for lobbying in Brussels[73] and Blue Star Strategies globally. [74]
  • McCain
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Jacobs
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Georgia-Pacific[75]
Bell Pottinger (2017) Inactive Imperial Brands used Bell Pottinger for two decades until a scandal over Bell Pottinger's secret campaign to stir up racial tensions in South Africa came to surface. [76]

NA

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