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West Indian Tobacco

The West Indian Tobacco Company Limited (West Indian Tobacco) is a public company whose shares are listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and held by over 3000 shareholders

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The West Indian Tobacco Company Limited (West Indian Tobacco) is a public company whose shares are listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and held by over 3000 shareholders. The company was established in 1904 by Mr. John Phillips, businessman and founder of the tobacco business in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1948, the manufacturing plant was transitioned from Port-of-Spain to Champ Fleurs.

Currently this plant supplies 25 brands in 137 stock keeping units (SKU’s) both to the local Trinidad and Tobago market, and regionally to 16 CARICOM Members and Associate countries. These include: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

The Company’s mission is to sustain its market leadership position and to be the number one manufacturing centre in the Caribbean.  Locally we distribute through third party distribution to approximately 7000 outlets around Trinidad and Tobago. Our local product portfolio is made up of three main brands, Dunhill, DuMaurier and Broadway in 14 stock keeping units.

Corporate Governance

Our Statement of Business Principles and our Standards of Business Conduct underpin our commitment to high standards of corporate behaviour. Conducting our business with honesty, integrity and transparency is not only the right thing to do, but is also critical to the continuing development of a business that is responsible, successful and sustainable in the long term. The Standards require all staff to act with high standards of business integrity, to comply with all laws and regulations wherever our companies operate and to ensure that our business standards are never compromised for the sake of results.

Board of Directors

Anthony E Phillip

ANTHONY E PHILLIP

CHAIRMAN

Anthony E Phillip joined West Indian Tobacco in 1973 as a Manager in its Production Department and was appointed Production Manager/Director in 1984, after completing a period of secondment to British American Tobacco Kenya Limited. He was appointed Managing Director in 1998 and following his retirement in 2006, became Chairman in 2007. He was also Chairman and Managing Director of British American Tobacco (Malawi) Limited (1994-1998), and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, Carib Brewery and Caribbean Development Company Limited. Mr Phillip, who began his career as an Industrial Chemist at Caroni Limited, holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from The University of the West Indies.

Laurent Meffre

LAURENT MEFFRE

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Before his appointment as managing Director Mr Meffre has served in several senior roles within the British American Tobacco Group, including Lagos, Nigeria as General Manager, West African markets where he had responsibility for 25 markets. Mr Meffre also held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of British American Tobacco Ghana, Benin and Cameroon. Over his 22 years in the British American Tobacco Group, he has amassed a wide range of experience in the key functional areas of Strategic Planning, Marketing, Operations and Human Resource Management. Mr Meffre brings this expertise to ensure continued sustainability of The West Indian Tobacco footprint, as it continues to serve 24 Caribbean markets through its British American Tobacco Associates.

Ingrid L-A Lashley

INGRID L-A LASHLEY

DIRECTOR

Ingrid L-A Lashley was appointed a Director in August 2008 and the Chairman of the Audit Committee in March 2009. Ms Lashley is currently the Chairman of the Bourse Group and National Enterprises Limited, in which capacity she sits on the Boards of the Investee Companies. She also holds directorships in the Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago Limited and the Angostura Group. Ms Lashley serves as a member of the Licensing Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago. An experienced banker, Ms Lashley is the holder of a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and also carries the designations of Certified Management Accountant, Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant.

Diana Hernandez Gonzalez

DIANA HERNANDEZ GONZALEZ

DIRECTOR

Diana Hernandez Gonzalez was appointed a Director in January 2020. Ms Hernandez has over 14 years of experience in the BAT Group, having worked in Mexico, Canada, Colombia, United Kingdom and Venezuela in the finance function. Prior to 1 January 2020, Ms Hernandez was the head of the finance function for BAT’s Group interest in Mexico and Central America and currently heads the finance function for BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean and Northern Latin America. She holds a Degree in Finance Management from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico.

Ranjit R Jeewan

RANJIT R JEEWAN

DIRECTOR

Ranjit R Jeewan was appointed a Director in November 1986 and has been a member of the Board’s Audit Committee since 1990. Mr Jeewan has worked in the tobacco industry since 1968 and headed the Finance function of West Indian Tobacco for 16 years until his retirement in 2002. During this period, he was seconded on overseas assignments within the BAT Group to the United Kingdom and Singapore. Following his retirement, Mr Jeewan held directorships in the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and the Trinidad and Tobago Central Depository. He also held the Chairmanship in each of these companies.

Juan Carlos Restrepo Piedrahita

JUAN CARLOS RESTREPO PIEDRAHITA

DIRECTOR

Juan Carlos Restrepo Piedrahita was appointed a Director in November 2019. Mr Restrepo Piedrahita brings with him over 14 years of experience within the BAT Group having worked in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. Mr Restrepo Piedrahita currently heads the Legal and External Affairs function for the BAT subsidiary in Colombia and is also responsible for the anti-illicit engagement efforts in the Caribbean and Northern Latin America. Mr Restrepo Piedrahita acted as the Presidential Security Advisor in Colombia from 2016 to 2018 where he provided advice on all issues related to national security, public safety and cyber defence. He holds both a Law degree as well as a Master’s in International Contracting Regime from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and a further Master’s in National Defence and Security from Escuela Superior de Guerra de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia.

Isha P Reuben-Theodore

ISHA P REUBEN-THEODORE

DIRECTOR

Isha P Reuben-Theodore was appointed a Director in November 2014. Mrs Reuben-Theodore currently heads the Finance function at West Indian Tobacco and has over 16 years of experience in the tobacco industry both locally and within the BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Company’s Pension Plan. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants U.K. (FCCA), with over 20 years’ experience in various aspects of finance with emphasis on Financial Management and Financial Reporting, Accounting and Auditing. She holds memberships in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute.

Arturo Rodriguez Lordmendez

ARTURO RODRIGUEZ LORDMENDEZ

DIRECTOR

Arturo Rodriguez Lordmendez was appointed a Director in February 2020. He brings with him 25 years of experience within the BAT Group, having managed the Operations function in more than 10 countries spanning the continent of Africa, the Americas as well as the United Kingdom, where he led the unit responsible for the global strategy and development initiatives for the Operations function. He currently heads the Operations function for BAT Group’s interest in the Caribbean, Canada and Northern Latin America. He holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria in Mexico.

Danielle F Chow

DANIELLE F CHOW

DIRECTOR

Danielle F Chow offers herself for election as a Director at the March 2020 Annual Shareholders meeting. She is an attorney-at-law, who has operated locally and in the wider Caribbean at a strategic level in the private sector over the last 30 years, largely in multinational environments. Mrs Chow had over 20 years’ experience in the tobacco industry at various management positions in the legal, government affairs, human resource, security and sustainability functions. She is a former Company Secretary and Director of West Indian Tobacco as well as the Chairman of its Pension Plan. Mrs Chow is currently a Commissioner of the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago and a Director and Audit Committee Member of Unilever Caribbean Limited. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from The University of West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, and is a member of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute.

Annual Reports

Legislation in Trinidad and Tobago governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

2019 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2019 (14,377 kb) 

2018 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2018 (5,553 kb) 

2017 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2017 (4.9 mb) 

2016 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2016 (28.1 mb) 

2015 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2015 (9.9 mb) 

2014 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2014 (4.0 mb) 

2013 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2013 (4.5 mb)

2012 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2012 (5.3 mb)

2011 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2011 (4.8 mb)

2010 Annual Report

West Indian Tobacco Annual Report 2010 (5.1 mb)

Financials

2020

Published Account June 2020 (187 kb) 

Published Account Mar 2020 (1,025 kb) 

2019

Audited Financial Results 2019 (187 kb) 

Published Account Sept 2019 (213 kb) 

Published Account June 2019 (203 kb) 

Published Account Mar 2019 (189 kb) 

2018

Audited Financial Results 2018 (193 kb) 

Published Accounts Sept-18 (202 kb) 

Published Account Mar-18 (189 kb) 

2017

The WITCO - Financial Results (172 kb) 

Preliminary Year End Results (94 kb) 

Financial Results Q1 2017 (200 kb) 

2016

Preliminary Year End Results (94 kb) 

Financial Results - Dec 2016 (197 kb) 

Financial Results Q3 2016 (191 kb) 

Financial Results Q2 2016 (187 kb) 

Financial Results Q1 2016 (190 kb) 

2015

Preliminary Year End Results (105 kb)

Financial Results Q3 2015 (203 kb)

Financial Results Q2 2015 (208 kb)

Financial Results Q1 2015 (207 kb)

2014

Interim Results Ended 31 March (606 kb)

Interim results for 6 months (91 kb)

Interim Results for 6 months- Page 2 (205 kb)

Financial Results Q2 (208 kb)

Financial Results Q3 (206 kb)

Preliminary announcement of results (66 kb)

Audited Financial Results 2014 (212 kb)

Notices / Press Releases

General Note: Please be advised that The Trinidad and Tobago Central Depository Limited (TTCD) has been appointed Registrar, Transfer Agent and Paying Agent of West Indian Tobacco with effect from April 20th 2017. Current and Former Shareholders who have misplaced or in possession of Uncashed Dividend Cheques are kindly asked to contact the Company's Registrars at 1 (868) 625 5107 – 9 Extensions 225  and 242  to arrange re-validation of same.

2020

Annual meeting of Shareholders of the West Indian Tobacco Company Limited 2019

Notice to Shareholders- Final Dividend 2019 (55 kb) 

Notice - Mrs Danielle Chow (55 kb) 

Supplemental Notice of Annual Meeting (63 kb) 

Amended Notice of Annual Meeting.pdf (371 kb) 

Shareholder Letter (711 kb) 

Amended Notice of Annual Meeting (371 kb) 

Proxy Form (589 kb) 

Management Proxy Circular (169 kb) 

Notice to Shareholders- Interim Dividend 2019 (229 kb) 

Notice of Appointment - MD (1,166 kb) 

Notice to Shareholders 4th Interim Dividend (90 kb) 

Postponement of Annual Meeting (417 kb) 

Notice - Mr Jean-Pierre du Coudray (204 kb) 

Notice - Mr. Laurent Meffre (465 kb) 

Notice - Mr Claudio Wulf and Mr Arturo Rodriguez (311 kb) 

Notice - Mr. Arturo Campero González and Ms. Diana Hernandez Gonzalez (61 kb) 

2019

Notice Mr Juan Carlos Restrepo (114 kb) 

Notice To Shareholders_3rdDiv (80 kb) 

Notice To Shareholders_2ndDiv (370 kb) 

Notice To Shareholders_1stDiv (370 kb) 

2018

Notice To Shareholders (423 kb) 

Ad Market Info Re Share Split (310 kb) 

Ad Material Change - Oct 2018 (255 kb) 

Notice To Shareholders_3rdDiv (371 kb) 

Notice Arturo Campero (205 kb) 

NoticeToShareholders_1stDiv2018 (408 kb) 

The Notice to Shareholders (426 kb) 

Material Change - Jan 2018 (50 kb) 

2017

Change of Register (64 kb) 

First Dividend 2017 (410 kb) 

Dividend Announcement (421 kb) 

Material Change - Jan 2017 (70 kb) 

Material Change - Apr 2017 (63 kb) 

Unaudited Interim Results - Jun 2017 (205 kb) 

Dividend Announcement - Aug 2017 (471 kb) 

Unaudited Interim Results - Sep 2017 (204 kb) 

Dividend Announcement - November 2017 (593 kb) 

2016

Material Change - Nov 2016 (94 kb) 

Material Change - July 2016 (92 kb) 

Third Dividend 2016 (32 kb) 

Second Dividend 2016 (59 kb) 

First Dividend 2016 (59 kb) 

2015

Final Dividend 2015 (32 kb) 

Third Dividend 2015 (35 kb)

Second Dividend 2015 (31 kb)

First Dividend 2015 (31 kb)

Material Change (121 kb)

Order of the Board (May 2015) (46 kb)

Order of the Board (July 2015) (48 kb)

2014

Final Dividend 2014 (58 kb)

First Dividend 2014 (609 kb)

Notice - New Director (162 kb)

Notice - Material Change 2014 (629 kb)

2013

Final Dividend 2013 (328 kb)

Second Dividend 2013 (194 kb)

First Dividend 2013 (142 kb)

2012

Final Dividend 2012 (197 kb) 

Third Dividend 2012 (112 kb)

Second Dividend 2012 (110 kb)

First Dividend 2012 (166 kb)

2011

Final Dividend 2011 (194 kb)

Second Dividend 2011 (154 kb)

First Dividend 2011 (216 kb)

2010

Final Dividend 2010 (147 kb)

Third Dividend 2010 (130 kb)

Second Dividend 2010 (988 kb)

First Dividend 2010 (129 kb)

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