Reynolds American is a holding company whose operating subsidiaries include a cigarette manufacturer, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; a smokeless tobacco products manufacturer, American Snuff Company, LLC; the manufacturer of the cigarette brand, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; Niconovum AB and Niconovum USA, Inc., marketers of nicotine replacement therapy products; and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, a manufacturer and distributor of digital vapor cigarettes. Co.'s operating segments are: RJR Tobacco, which includes several cigarettes brands such as CAMEL and PALL MALL; American Snuff, which brands include GRIZZLY and KODIAK; and Santa Fe, which brand include NATURAL AMERICAN SPIRIT.
RAI’s moat is dug by the addictive nature of cigarettes, the strength of portfolio of brands, and the scale of operations. Reynolds' few growth opportunities is in its American Snuff smokeless tobacco, a segment that has been growing for several years. We expect it to continue its growth for several years as smokeless tobacco provides a more socially acceptable alternative to cigarettes.
The fate of the Reynolds American and Lorillard merger is now in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission. The company issued positive guidance for profits. Management's earnings-per-share range for 2015. The expansion of vapor products will be a major growth driver in the years ahead. The electronic cigarette market in the U.S., now estimated at about $3 billion. The stock is trading at fair value and the dividend yield is below historical levels.
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Strong foothold in the growing smokeless tobacco market in the US
Growth momentum in Camel and Pall Mall brands
Strong brand portfolio
Overexposure to the declining US cigarette market
RAI's involvement in numerous litigations
Increasing excise taxes
Stringent regulations on manufacturing and sales of tobacco products
Counterfeit cigarettes and growing illicit trade
Growing demand for electronic cigarettes
Growing snus and other smoke-free tobacco products market
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