British American Tobacco Plc Ads (BATS) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by UBS Group

UBS Group reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of British American Tobacco Plc Ads (LON:BATS) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, www.boersen-zeitung.de reports. The brokerage currently has a GBX 4,000 ($52.27) price target on the stock.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on BATS. Goldman Sachs Group set a GBX 4,860 ($63.50) price objective on British American Tobacco Plc Ads and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Barclays reaffirmed an overweight rating on shares of British American Tobacco Plc Ads in a research note on Tuesday, March 12th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of British American Tobacco Plc Ads in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a GBX 3,210 ($41.94) price objective on British American Tobacco Plc Ads and gave the company a neutral rating in a research note on Monday, March 4th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of British American Tobacco Plc Ads in a research note on Wednesday, January 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of GBX 3,868.67 ($50.55).

LON:BATS opened at GBX 3,086.50 ($40.33) on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $65.59 billion and a P/E ratio of 11.73. The company has a current ratio of 0.78, a quick ratio of 0.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 72.33. British American Tobacco Plc Ads has a twelve month low of GBX 2,336.50 ($30.53) and a twelve month high of GBX 4,339 ($56.70).

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 21st will be paid a dividend of GBX 50.75 ($0.66) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 1.82%. This is a positive change from British American Tobacco Plc Ads’s previous dividend of $48.80. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 21st. British American Tobacco Plc Ads’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 0.77%.

In related news, insider Ben Stevens acquired 689 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 5th. The stock was bought at an average cost of GBX 2,883 ($37.67) per share, for a total transaction of £19,863.87 ($25,955.66).

About British American Tobacco Plc Ads

British American Tobacco p.l.c. provides cigarettes and other tobacco products worldwide. It manufactures vapour and tobacco heating products; oral tobacco and nicotine products, such as snus and moist snuff; cigars; and e-cigarettes. The company offers its products under the Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Rothmans, Vogue, Viceroy, Kool, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven A, Benson & Hedges, John Player Gold Leaf, State Express 555, and Shuang Xi brands.

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