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Universal Corp  (UVV)
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    Sector  Consumer Non Cyclical    Industry Tobacco
 

Universal's

Competitiveness


 

UVV Sales vs. its Competitors Q4 2016




Comparing the results to its competitors, Universal reported Total Revenue increase in the 4 quarter 2016 by 14.4 % year on year.
The sales growth was above Universal's competitors average revenue growth of 1.99 %, recorded in the same quarter.

List of UVV Competitors

With net margin of 8.53 % company achieved higher profitability than its competitors.

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Net Income Comparison


Universal Corp Net Income in the 4 quarter 2016 grew year on year by 22.41 %, faster than average growth of Universal's competitiors of 22.41 %

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Universal's Comment on Competitors and Industry Peers


Competition among leaf tobacco suppliers is based on the ability to meet customer specifications in the growing, buying, processing, and financing of tobacco, and on the price charged for products and services. Competition varies depending on the market or country involved. The number of competitors varies from country to country, but there is competition in most areas to buy and sell the available tobacco. Our principal competitor is Alliance One International, Inc. (“Alliance One”). Alliance One operates in most of the countries where we operate. Based on our estimates, we do not believe that worldwide market shares differ substantially between the two companies. Most of our major customers are partially vertically integrated, and thus also compete with us for the purchase of leaf tobacco in several of the major markets.
In most major markets, smaller competitors are very active. These competitors typically have lower overhead requirements and provide less support to customers and farmers. Due to their lower cost structures, they can often offer a price on products that is lower than our price. However, we believe that we provide quality controls and farm programs that add value for our customers in an increasingly regulated world and make our products highly desirable. For example, we have established worldwide farm programs designed to prevent non-tobacco related materials from being introduced into the green tobacco delivered to our factories. In addition, we have established programs for sustainable tobacco production which include promoting Good Agricultural Practices that encompass crop quality, environmental stewardship, and agricultural labor practices. We believe that our major customers increasingly require these services and that our programs increase the quality and value of the products and services we offer. We also believe that our customers value the security of supply that we are able to provide due to our strong relationships with our farmer base and our global footprint.

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Competitiveness By Company's Divisions



  

Total Segment Market Share Q4 2016

Universal Corp achieved revenue growth of 14.4 % in Total segment, and improved market share, to approximate 43.54 %.



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