British American Tobacco Plc. (BTI: Quote,BATS.L) reported that its fiscal 2012 profit attributable to Owners of the parent increased to 3.841 billion pounds from 3.095 billion pounds in the prior year. On a per share basis, earnings per share improved to 197.1 pence from 156.2 pence in the previous year.
Profit before taxation increased to 5.648 billion pounds from 4.931 billion pounds last year.
Adjusted earnings per share was 207.5 pence, up from 194.6 pence in the prior year.
Revenue for the year declined to 15.19 billion pounds from 15.40 billion pounds last year. However, Revenue at constant currency rose 4% to 15.999 billion pounds from 15.399 billion pounds in the prior year.
The company said that its Board recommended a final dividend of 92.7 pence per ordinary share of 25pence for the year ended 31 December 2012. If approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 25 April 2013, the final dividend will be payable on 8 May 2013 to shareholders registered on either the UK main register or the South African branch register on 15 March 2013.
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