Imperial Tobacco - 2011 Half-Year Results Interview with CEO and FD

By Imperial Tobacco Plc, PRNE
Monday, May 9, 2011

LONDON, May 10, 2011 - Imperial Tobacco today announced tobacco net revenues up 3 per cent,
earnings per share up 7 per cent, an increase in the dividend of 16 per cent
plus a GBP500 million share buyback programme which starts with immediate

In a video interview with financial broadcaster,
Imperial Tobacco Chief Executive Alison Cooper discusses the key elements of
the companies half year results and underlines the value of the total tobacco
portfolio as a growth driver.

"Total tobacco is a unique asset for Imperial. It's all about what
consumers want. And clearly consumers are responding in changing
environments… we have the portfolio to respond to those consumer changes,
to make the most of every consumer occasion. So it's a very key growth
element for Imperial and one we're increasingly focusing on."

Summing up the performance at the half year, she says the company will
not lose focus on costs and cash.

"We've demonstrated our commitment today to returning cash to
shareholders and we'll continue to do what Imperial has always done, which is
to focus on creating shareholder value."

Reflecting on the financial details, Robert Dyrbus, Finance Director,
says they are confident about the future.

"In the current year, the move to a 50% payout ratio means that dividends
per share are growing faster than earnings per share, and we've announced
that will continue in 2011/12 and beyond."

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