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Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S: Interim report for the period 1 January - 30 June 2016

| Company Announcement |
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|No.40/2016 |
|31 AUGUST 2016 |
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| H1 1 january-30 june 2016 |
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Stable half year performance
impacted by new regulations


* Reported net sales of DKK 3,199 million (DKK 3,225 million) - organic
growth was 0.1%
* Reported EBITDA of DKK 632 million (DKK 634 million) - organic growth was
* Net profit of DKK 346 million (DKK 354 million)
* Cash flow from operating activities was DKK 304 million (DKK 429 million)
* Cost optimisation and efficiency programme progressing in accordance with
* Guidance for 2016 unchanged: Organic growth in net sales of 1-3% and
organic growth in EBITDA of 3-5%. Total capital expenditures around DKK 250

Highlights for the second quarter of 2016

* Reported net sales of DKK 1,699 million (DKK 1,748 million) - organic
growth was -1.5%
* Reported EBITDA of DKK 366 million (DKK 373 million) - organic growth was
* Net profit of DKK 208 million (DKK 206 million)
* Cash flow from operating activities was DKK 452 million (DKK 408 million)

Statement by CEO Niels Frederiksen:

"First half of 2016 showed stable overall performance. Our handmade cigar
business in the US continued to deliver strong growth based on market share
gains. In machine-made cigars our performance was impacted by short-term
fluctuations from new legislation in the EU. We continue to deliver on our
cost optimisation and efficiency programme, where we see a positive impact on
the margin in our machine-made cigar business.

Our second quarter, in particular, was impacted by EU's Tobacco Products
Directive. The late adoption of the directive into national legislation has
created short-term fluctuations in the markets and in our production. Noise
in the markets is foreseen to continue in the third quarter, but net sales
for the second half year are expected to show improved growth rates driven by
price increases and a normalisation of the current fluctuations and stock
movements in TPD related markets."

| For media enquiries: For investor enquiries: |
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|Kaspar Bach Habersaat Torben Sand |
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|Director of Group Communications Head of Investor Relations |
|+45 7220 7152 or +45 7220 7126 or |
Q2 2016 Interim Report


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Source: Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S via Globenewswire

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