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- KT&G reported global cigarette sales of 87.1 billion pieces in 2015
- International sales grew to a record of 46.5 billion pieces in 2015, exceeding the domestic sales for first time
- Its domestic sales volume in 2015 is equivalent to 58.4% of the market
- KT&G reached its overall sales record in 2012, when it sold 100.4 billion pieces


KT&G is the leading cigarette manufacturer in South Korea, and until late 2002 it was the sole domestic manufacturer of cigarettes in South Korea and controlled by the government. Its privatization was finally completed in 2002 and its monopoly rights removed. The company has been developing its international sales by growing its presence in export markets and in 2015 international sales exceeded its domestic volume for the first time. After it was privatized, the company began to diversify into pharmaceuticals and real estate as well as into health foods and beverages. 

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Date Published: 2016-12-31 

Report: Tobacco Company Profile - KT&G



1 Introduction
2 Key Company Facts
3 Corporate Structure
3.1 Ownership
3.2 Organisation
4 Financial Highlights
5 Cigarette Business Review
5.1 Overview
5.2 South Korea
5.3 International Markets
6 Other Tobacco Business
6.1 Cigars
7 Non-Tobacco Business
8 Company Strengths, Strategies & Performance
9 Appendix
9.1 What is this Report About?
9.2 Product Category Coverage
9.3 Methodology
9.4 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Key Company Facts
Table 2: KT&G Subsidiaries, 2015
Table 3: KT&G: Consolidated Financial Highlights, Won Billion, 2005-2015
Table 4: KT&G: Consolidated Balance Sheet, Won Million, 2011-2015 (1) Assets
Table 5: KT&G: Consolidated Balance Sheet, Won Million, 2011-2015 (2) Liabilities
Table 6: Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Won Million, 2011-2015
Table 7: KT&G: Operating Results by Business, KT&G and KTC, Won Billion, 2011-2015
Table 8: KT&G: Global Cigarette Sales & Share Development, Billion Pieces, 2000-2015
Table 9: South Korea: Market Size, Company Share & Sales Volume, 2000-2016f
Table 10: KT&G: Brand Shares, % Volume, 2009
Table 11: Domestic Brand Portfolio, 2015
Table 12: KT&G: Overseas Cigarette Sales Breakdown, Billion Pieces, 2010-2015
Table 13: KT&G: International Sales by Region, % Volume, 2003-2015
Table 14: KT&G: Overseas Plants, Capacity, Employees, Key Brands, 2015
Table 15: KT&G: Export Brand Portfolio, 2015
Table 16: KT&G: Cigars, Brand Portfolio

List of Figures

Figure 1: KT&G - Organization Chart, 2013
Figure 2: Methodology


Tobacco Company Profile - KT&G is an analytical company report provides extensive and highly detailed current and future market trends in the cigarette market. It covers market size and structure along with per capita and overall consumption. Additionally, it focuses on brand data, retail pricing, prospects, and forecasts for sales and consumption.



Language Code: EN 
Region: Global 
Report Type: Industry Report 
Industry: Food, Drink and Tobacco 
Sector: Tobacco 
Pages: 33 

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The global economy is the economy of all the world's countries. The total world population now stands at over 7 billion and the global unemployment rate is 9% with approximately half the world's population paid less than $2 a day. 

The global economy is picking up again after five years of uncertaintity and slow economic growth. The IMF is predicting global growth of 3.7% in 2014 rising to 3.9% in 2015. However, much uncertainity remains. Low inflation in developed economies means that these economies take longer to deal with debt burdens and are at increases risk of deflation. 

The second half of 2013 saw growth in the US and European economies (particularly UK, Germany and France).  

Growth in the US has been helped by cheaper energy from fracking , renewables and more oil and gas exploration. This cheaper energy is bring manufacturing jobs back to the US and helping to boost domestic demand. Recent winter weather conditions have hampered growth in the construction sector and have slowed demand in the construction equipment sector which saw exports drop by 25% in 2013. Growth should pick up in this sector with continued federal investment in infrastructure, new residential house builds and refurbishment and the energy boom.

In Europe growth is expected to be uneven with growth being slow in stressed economies such as Portugal and Greece but confidence picking up in UK, Ireland and even Spain showing some improvement.

Developing economies such as China and India will continue to have strong growth in 2014 and 2015. China has benefitted from increased investment with the Chinese govenment now focused on quality growth of 7.5% in 2014. India which is less reliant on exports expects growth of 5.4% in 2014 and 6.4% in 2015.

Much uncertainity still remains in the global economy with greater optimism needed to stabilise growth.


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The tobacco industry is worth approximately a half a trillion dollars with the top US tobacco companies posting profits of $35billion according to The Tobacco Atlas. 

China is the largest producer and consumer of tobacco. However, the Chinese government has recently cracked down on smoking in public places in an effort to curb the practice which is placing a huge burden on the Chinese health system.

Despite international government restrictions on smoking tobacco consumption has continued to rise due to increased consumption in developing countries.

One of the main threats to the industry is the development of the e-cigarette which has seen sales jump to almost US$1billion in five years. This new and healthier means of consuming nicotine plus an increased crackdown by governments globally pose the biggest threats to the industry.

Research and Experts provide information on the latest trends and statistics on the tobacco industry.

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The Tobacco Atlas

Economist article on the Tobacco Industry

World Health Organisation report on the Tobacco epidemic


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The Tobacco industry has been suffering since the 1990's as a result of government intervention in many countries to control the levels of addiction amongst citizens. However, the tobacco industry has remained one of the most profitable industries in the world with companies adept at moving into new markets and adapting to new technology. The electronic cigarette is most disputive product in this sector.  Plimsoll have published an extensive report on TOBACCO MANUFACTURERS (Global) market and delivers a comprehensive individual analysis on the top 250 companies, including ALTADIS CANARIAS SA., BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO ESPANA SA and BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO NEDERLAND B.V.. 

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