SOFIA: British American Tobacco said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy a raft of cigarette brands from Bulgaria’s Bulgartabac for more than 100 million euros (US$106 million).
The acquisition of the Victory, Eva Slim and GD marques will lift BAT’s local market share to 40% from the current 12% BAT said.
The tobacco giant will also acquire distribution and retail assets in Bulgaria and within the wider Adriatic region.
Bulgaria’s tobacco market is worth almost a billion euros annually and the Balkan country has one of the highest smoking rates in the European Union.
BAT regional chief Richard Widmann said the country has a “very bright future”. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.