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KT&G Corp.

South Korea

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Nov 17, 2017
Prev close: 116,000
Nov 17, 2017
Market cap:
Market cap(USD):
15,925.9B
14,511.8M
Shares: 137.29M

Currency in KRW

Company profile

Market(Ticker): KRX(033780)
Sector:
Industry:
Consumer Non-Durables
Tobacco
Full time employees: 4,102

Business summary

KT&G Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of tobacco products. It operates through the following business divisions: Tobacco, Health Functional Food, Foods, Tobacco Leaf, Pharmaceuticals, Tobacco Materials, Trading and Real Estates. The Health Functional Food division manufactures and sells red ginseng, red ginseng products and healthy foods. The Foods division provides groceries and beverages. The Tobacco Leaf division engages in the cultivation of tobacco leaf lands. The Pharmaceutical division manufactures and sells drugs, biotech drugs, non-pharmaceutical health complements, other related products, medical goods and equipments. The Tobacco Materials division engages in the manufacture and distribution of raw materials needed in production of tobacco. The Real Estates division offers rentals, sales and housing development. It was founded on April 1, 1987 and is headquartered in Daejeon, South Korea.

Company background

KT&G was founded as Korea Monopoly by the South Korean government in 1987. It was later privatized and listed on the South Korean stock market in 1999. It took its current name in 2002. The ginseng business was spun off to form a wholly owned subsidiary, Korea Ginseng.

Because KT&G produces tobacco and ginseng, one might expect the company name to stand for Korea Tobacco & Ginseng; however, it officially stands for Korea Tomorrow & Global.

KT&G no longer gets direct investment from the government; instead, government-affiliated small and midsize banks and national pension funds own stakes in it. It is known in South Korea as a company in which foreign investors have sizable interests.

The bulk of the company's earnings come from its tobacco business, which sells brands such as Esse, Bohem, This and Pine. The South Korean cigarette market has been contracting over the medium term as a smoking ban has been expanded both indoors and outdoors due to health concerns, and prices were raised sharply in 2015.

Sales abroad, on the other hand, are on the rise. The company is boosting exports and producing tobacco in Indonesia, Turkey, Russia and Iran.

KT&G also sells ginseng-based health food and beverages. Ginseng is commonly used as an ingredient for pharmaceuticals.

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Financial highlights

Dec 2016

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Revenue 4,503.27B
Gross profit 2,662.33B
Operating income 1,470.05B
Income before tax 1,585.76B
Net income 1,231.27B
EBITDA 1,628.24B
Diluted EPS 9,759
Dividends per share 3,600
Total assets 9,812.58B
Total liabilities 2,694.32B
Total equity 7,045.70B
Operating cash flow 1,547.34B

Currency in KRW

Revenue 3,881.50M
Gross profit 2,294.73M
Operating income 1,267.08M
Income before tax 1,366.81M
Net income 1,061.26M
EBITDA 1,403.42M
Diluted EPS 8.41
Dividends per share 3.10
Total assets 8,124.34M
Total liabilities 2,230.77M
Total equity 5,833.50M
Operating cash flow 1,333.70M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Dec 2016

PER 10.34
ROA 13.32%
ROE 18.57%
Operating margin 32.64%
Profit margin 27.34%

Key executive

  • President & Chief Executive Officer: Bok-In Baek
  • Managing Director & Head-Finance Division: Gyeong-Bo Kang
  • Managing Director, Head-Research & Development: Chang-Hyo Lee
  • Director & Vice President: Heung-Ryeol Kim
  • Executive Director: Jeong-Sik Jang

Share holders

  • National Pension Service of Korea(9.0%)
  • KT&G Corp.(8.0%)
  • Industrial Bank of Korea(6.9%)
  • First Eagle Investment Management LLC(4.8%)
  • Deutsche Asset Management Investment GmbH(3.1%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors(2.1%)
  • KT&G Corp. Employee Stock Ownership Association(2.1%)
  • Japan Tobacco Inc.(2.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(1.9%)
  • Thornburg Investment Management, Inc.(1.6%)

Address

  • Website: http://www.ktng.com
  • Address: 71 Beotkkot-gil, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon, 34337, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.42.939.5000

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