British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) – Don’t Believe the Hype: Check The Facts

518 institutions hold shares in British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI), with 571.5k shares held by insiders accounting for 0.03% while institutional investors hold 5.76% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 2.29B, and float is at 2.28B with Short Float at 0.09%. Institutions hold 5.76% of the Float.

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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Orbis Allan Gray Ltd with over 20.16 million shares valued at $755.75 million. The investor’s holdings represent 7.84% of the BTI Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is FMR, LLC with 10.83 million shares valued at $406.03 million to account for 4.21% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Capital Research Global Investors which holds 9.63 million shares representing 3.75% and valued at over $361.05 million, while Capital International Investors holds 3.47% of the shares totaling 8.92 million with a market value of $334.47 million.

British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE: BTI) is -0.88% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $27.32 and a high of $42.28 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The BTI stock was last observed hovering at around $36.67 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.49% off its average median price target of $37.97 for the next 12 months. It is also 2.13% off the consensus price target high of $37.97 offered by 1 analysts, but current levels are 2.13% higher than the price target low of $37.97 for the same period.

Currently trading at $37.16, the stock is -0.64% and -1.49% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 2.41 million and changing 1.34% at the moment leaves the stock 1.86% off its SMA200. BTI registered -10.91% loss for a year compared to 6-month gain of 9.88%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $37.62 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $35.88.

The stock witnessed a -2.03% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 0.13%, and is -3.93% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.38% over the week and 1.34% over the month.

British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) has around 53185 employees, a market worth around $84.48B and $36.01B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 9.59 and Fwd P/E is 7.82. Profit margin for the company is 22.10%. Distance from 52-week low is 36.02% and -12.10% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (6.30%).

British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) is a “Hold”. 1 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 1.70, where 1 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 0 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

British American Tobacco p.l.c. is expected to release its quarterly report on 04/27/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.The EPS is expected to shrink by -5.10% this year.

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British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) that is trading 1.02% up over the past 12 months. Vector Group Ltd. (VGR) is 5.83% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has fallen -8.65% from the last report on Dec 30, 2020 to stand at a total of 2.26 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 1.12.

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