The JT Group reported net revenue of ¥1.27 trillion ($9.55 billion) for the second quarter of 2022, up 10.7 percent over that reported in the comparable 2021 quarter. Core revenue at constant exchange rates increased by 3.7 percent to ¥1. 14 trillion. Adjusted operating profit at constant currency increased by 8 percent to ¥386.7 billion.
On a reported basis, adjusted operating profit increased by 15.8 percent to ¥414.9 billion. Operating profit increased by 18.9 percent to ¥383 billion. Profit increased by 17.3 percent to ¥264.1 billion.
“In the first half, the JT Group delivered a robust performance, mainly driven by strong pricing,” said JT Group President and CEO Masamichi Terabatake in a statement. “We are also encouraged by the Ploom X volume and share performance in Japan. In the second half of the year, we will be leveraging learnings from Japan for international Ploom X launches.
“We have revised our 2022 full year reported adjusted operating profit and profit guidance upwards, driven by favorable currency movements against the Japanese yen. However, the adjusted operating profit at constant FX is revised downwards considering higher input costs impacting our supply chain operations. Dividend per share guidance for full year remains unchanged at 150 yen per share. The interim dividend is 75 yen per share.
“Regarding Russia, while we continue to manufacture and distribute our products in full compliance with national and international sanctions, the operating environment is becoming increasingly complex. Under these circumstances, the JT Group continues to evaluate various options for its Russia business, including potentially transferring its ownership, and taking necessary decisions to address the changing situation in accordance with the group’s management principle.”