British American Tobacco Plc: Preliminary Announcement - Year Ended 31 December 2007

    LONDON, Feb. 28 /CNW/ -


                                        2007            2006          Change

    Revenue                       GBP10,018m       GBP9,762m             +3%
    Profit from operations         GBP2,905m       GBP2,622m            +11%
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     per share                       108.53p          98.12p            +11%
    Dividends per share               66.20p          55.90p            +18%

    The reported profit from operations was 11 per cent higher at
GBP2,905 million, or 7 per cent higher if exceptional items are excluded.
However, profit from operations, at comparable rates of exchange and excluding
exceptional items, would have been 11 per cent higher, with all regions
contributing to this strong result.
    Group volumes from subsidiaries were 684 billion, a decrease of
1 per cent, mainly as a result of the high level of trade buying in some
markets at the end of 2006, supply chain disruptions in the Middle East and
the loss of StiX in Germany. The four Global Drive Brands achieved an overall
volume growth of 10 per cent, which led to share improvements in many markets.
The reported Group revenue increased by 3 per cent to GBP10,018 million but,
at comparable rates of exchange, would have increased by 5 per cent as a
result of more favourable pricing and an improving product mix.
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share rose by 11 per cent, principally as a
result of the strong growth in profit from operations, partly offset by the
adverse impact from foreign exchange movements. Basic earnings per share were
higher at 105.19p (2006: 92.08p).
    The Board is recommending a final dividend of 47.60p, which will be paid
on 7 May 2008. This, together with the interim dividend, will take dividends
declared in respect of 2007 as a whole to 66.20p, an increase of 18 per cent.
    The Chairman, Jan du Plessis, commented, "British American Tobacco has
had another very good year, with increased profit and share growth in many
markets. At a time of considerable economic and financial uncertainty around
the world, the Group is in good shape. Over the past five years, we have
delivered significant shareholder value with a total return of 294 per cent
compared to 89 per cent for the FTSE 100 as a whole."

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+44-207-845-1180; Sharon Woodcock, +44-207-845-1519; Press Office: David
Betteridge, Kate Matrunola, Catherine Armstrong, +44-207-845-2888

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