British American Tobacco (BATS)

Sector:

Tobacco

Index:

FTSE 100

3,162.50p
   
  • Change Today:
    -57.00p
  • 52 Week High: 3,507.00p
  • 52 Week Low: 2,648.00p
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 2,293.89m
  • Volume: 4,913,144
  • Market Cap: £72,544m
  • RiskGrade: 98

Morgan Stanley sounds note of caution over tobacco in otherwise upbeat HPC review

By Abigail Townsend

Date: Monday 15 Jul 2019

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Morgan Stanley has backed the household, personal care and cosmetics sector - but sounded a note of warning about tobacco companies.
In a note assessing European staples, Morgan Stanley said that heading into the second half, \"we remain positive on the attractive HPC sector\".

It cited a number of reasons, including companies enjoying \"a margin sweet spot in the second half, as pricing sticks and volumes hold up. With the sector on record high margins but offering more subdued topline growth, we expect the margin windfalls to be reinvested for growth.\"

The bank also highlighted improved growth in emerging markets; management changes at a number of companies; and at least six of the companies it tracks, including Danone and Reckitt Benckiser, expecting an acceleration in growth in the second half.

But Morgan Stanley also said it was \"treading cautiously in tobacco, where we see sector-specific structural headwinds.\"

The bank said that Swedish Match, which is scheduled to publish second-quarter numbers on 18 July, was its \"most attractive pure play in EU/US tobacco\".

It continued: \"While we believe that a maximum nicotine level and a flavour ban will impact Swedish Match\'s US cigars business, we see the risk profile improving post the US-wide launch and growing success of [nicotine pouch brand] Zyn.

\"We remain \'overweight\' on Swedish Match and believe the markets continue to under-appreciate the superior pricing power, favourable demographics and Zyn optionality.\"

However, Morgan Stanley remains \'underweight\' on British American Tobacco, noting that the company had \"limited visibility on growth sustainability\" despite moving into fast-growing new categories like vaping.

The bank said: \"We like BAT\'s market leadership position in more than 50 markets, strong brands and diversified product range. However, in our view BAT is at risk from any potential implementation of a nicotine reduction policy before 2040.\"

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BATS Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 3,162.50p
Change Today -57.00p
% Change -1.77 %
52 Week High 3,507.00p
52 Week Low 2,648.00p
Volume 4,913,144
Shares Issued 2,293.89m
Market Cap £72,544m
RiskGrade 98

BATS Star Ratings

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32.17% above the market average32.17% above the market average32.17% above the market average32.17% above the market average32.17% above the market average
100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average
Income
85.05% above the market average85.05% above the market average85.05% above the market average85.05% above the market average85.05% above the market average
100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average
Growth
59.92% above the market average59.92% above the market average59.92% above the market average59.92% above the market average59.92% above the market average
100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average100.00% above the sector average

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Neutral 4
Sell 0
Strong Sell 0
Total 18
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