HCTF sold over 4.5 billion cigarettes in 2010, said the JT Group, which puts the nominal value of HCTF at approximately USD 450 million (EUR 337 million). This values the transaction at 9.9 times of HCTF’s 2010 underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization.
JT expects the acquisition to have little impact on the group’s consolidated account for the fiscal year ending March 2012.
The southern region of the Republic of Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011, with the name of South Sudan. Thereafter, the Republic of Sudan renamed itself into "North Sudan" in August. (ci/pi)