BAT shares

Background of British American Tobacco

  • British American Tobacco (JSE:BTI), is one of the top 5 tobacco companies in the world, owning popular tobacco brands like Palmal, Kent, Lucky Strike Dunhill, Kool, Benson and Hedges, Peter Stuyvesant and Rothmans. With its headquarters in London, BAT has global operations in more than 180 countries. BAT shares are for sale on the London Stock Exchange and have a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), with BAT share price flourishing.

  • Today, the cigarette maker controls almost 11% of the international cigarette market. 71% of BAT’s volumes are widely distributed in emerging and developing markets. The group is split into four regions: the Americas, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa). The company sold over 667 billion cigarettes in 2014, available to buy in more than 200 markets around the world, and employs more than 50 000 people.

  • 9 of the group’s 44 factories are located in Africa and BAT has had a presence in South Africa for more than 100 years. Established in 1976, the factory in Heidelberg is the eighth largest BAT factory in the world, producing more than 27 billion cigarettes a year for local and export markets.

British American Tobacco Shares Growth Driver

  • BAT has a long history of being one of the largest players in the tobacco industry and will continue to command this position for the foreseeable future. The group’s wide geographical scope and extensive product range (which it continues to expand) have allowed profits and BAT share price to flourish over the years. Cigarette sales in developed countries are continuing to decline year-on-year, but BAT has put more emphasis into targeting emerging markets, where sustained volume growth is predicted. Despite increasingly harsh regulation in many countries, the group has forecast strong performance over the coming years.

  • Barclays’ strategy is driven by four clear themes. As an African financial services provider, the group aims to buy into growth opportunities to connect Africa to international markets. Second, as a client-focused organisation, the primary focus is to make lives easier and to help customers prosper. Third, the group is simplifying business processes to better serve customers, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Finally, the group uses a dynamic workforce and information technology to connect clients with innovations such as online and mobile banking. Barclays Africa share price and performance largely hinges on the health of African economies, which has been struggling.

British American Tobacco Group Investor Tip

  • BAT’s global reach and geographical diversity makes it an attractive proposition for investors. Despite the tobacco industry facing challenges, BAT is continuing to buy into emerging markets and has forecast intense development of Next Generation products.

  • The live online stocks chart shows that BAT share price is currently at record levels, indicating that the tobacco industry is still booming. Add to this the new Next Generation product category, and investors who purchase BAT shares could be laughing all the way to the bank.

British American Tobacco Major Shareholders

The Capital Group Companies.
  • Sector

    Consumer Staples

  • Industry

    Consumer Products

  • Sub industry


How to buy British American Tobacco Group Shares

  • British American Tobacco : How to buy British American Tobacco Group Shares Online

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is British American Tobacco?

One of the 5 top tobacco companies in the world with its headquarters in London.

Can you buy British American Tobacco shares online?

The website of SA Shares makes it easy for you to buy JSE listed shares online.

 Is British American Tobacco a good share to buy?

When buying BAT shares you could be laughing all the way to the bank

When did British American Tobacco list on the JSE?

7 August 2008

Who are the major shareholders in British American Tobacco?

The Capital Group Companies.


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