The beer market dynamics in Russia is approaching zero, yet major brewers are divided into those who developed considerably in 2017 and those who considerably reduced their volumes. For instance, company Efes has managed to substantially extend their sales due to restrained pricing policy and activity in the modern trade. Heineken has also demonstrated an excellent performance promoted by significant increase of advertisement budgets launching a non-alcohol sort of the title brand and unusual activity in the economy market segment. Carlsberg and AB InBev have been focusing on margins and lost a market share of their inexpensive brands. Serious dependence on PET package and mass enthusiasm about Zhigulevskoe have negatively impacted the most of big regional brewers, that have been for the first time pressed by the leaders in the key sales channels, especially in Volga and Central regions. In the small business there has been a noticeable slowdown in appearing of new restaurant breweries, yet the number of craft breweries has been growing rapidly. In 2018, the beer market is likely to grow a little, while the share of AB InBev Efes may decrease due to the integration. ...
“Catalogue of Russian Beer Producers 2018” includes 1070 businesses ranging from large subsidiaries of international companies to rather small restaurant and craft microbreweries.The catalogue includes 32 large breweries, 75 regional breweries, 693 industrial mini- and microbreweries as well as 270 restaurant breweries. ...
Global hop marketA local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms.
Hop Market in RussiaGermany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.
Grupo Modelo’s total volume grows 12.4% in Q1 2011
During the first quarter of the year, total volume sold in the domestic market, including the imported brand portfolio, totaled 8.7 million hectoliters, an 11.5% increase compared to the same period of 2010. This is the result of a recovery in consumption levels and a low comparison base, since during the first quarter of the previous year volume decreased 5.7% because of atypical behavior due to various negative factors. It is worth mentioning, however, that even as compared to the first quarter of 2009 we had a positive growth of 5.2%.
Export volume reached 3.5 million hectoliters, an increase of 14.6%, fueled by double-digit growth in practically all regions. In the US we outperformed the import segment due to the good performance of all our brands at the consumer level and because our distributors are taking measures in anticipation of the start of our highest selling season. Exports represented 29.0% of the total sales mix, compared with the 28.5% recorded in 2010.
Net sales grew 9.6% totaling 19,251 million pesos. Domestic sales increased 11.5%, driven by the solid volume growth, while the price per hectoliter remained stable compared with the same quarter of 2010. At the end of February, we implemented a price increase in Mexico based on our revenue management system, aiming to maximize opportunities according to brands, presentations and territories. Net export revenues increased 9.2% because volume more than offset the 4.7% decrease in the peso price per hectoliter, which reflects the appreciation of the peso versus the dollar. However, the price per hectoliter in dollars showed a recovery of 0.8%. Export sales for the quarter in dollars totaled 606 million, a 15.5% growth compared to the prior year.
During the quarter, Crown Imports, LLC, registered net sales of 532 million dollars and an operating profit of 119 million dollars.
The cost of goods sold grew 5.7%, below the net sales growth. The total cost per hectoliter decreased 5.9% as a result of a greater absorption of fixed costs due to higher volume sales as well as favorable prices in some of our main inputs. Gross profit totaled 10,598 million pesos, a 12.9% increase with respect to the prior year. Gross margin expanded 170 basis points and stood at 55.1%.
Operating expenses increased 11.9%, due to higher distribution and marketing expenses as well as expenses in information technology associated to different projects being developed in the organization. Operating profit totaled 4,902 million pesos, a 14.2% growth compared to 2010. The operating margin reached 25.5%, an expansion of 110 basis points.
EBITDA (Operating income + Depreciation and Amortization – Equity income of Associates included in COGS) totaled 5,867 million pesos, a figure 14.6% higher than the one registered in 2010. This figure reflects a 10.4% increase in depreciation and amortization. The EBITDA margin stood at 30.5%, representing a 140 basis points growth compared with the previous year.
The Comprehensive Financing Result showed a one million peso gain compared with the 214 million peso cost registered in the first quarter 2010. This figure is consequence of a lower exchange rate loss generated in the period.
Other expenses and profit heading registered an expenditure of 494 million pesos, due to an increase in the employees’ profit sharing provision and the fixed asset write-offs.
Taxes for the quarter totaled 1,045 million pesos and the effective tax rate was 23.7%. Net majority income was 2,158 million pesos, a figure 3.1% higher than the one registered in 2010, and the margin stood at 11.2%.
As of March 31, 2011, Grupo Modelo’s cash and marketable securities accounted for 21.5% of total assets, which totaled 125,720 million pesos, representing a 4.3% increase over the last twelve months. The company’s financial position remained strong without long-term interest bearing debt, and short-term operational liabilities totaling 11,081 million pesos. Majority stockholders’ equity totaled 79,341 million pesos, representing a 4.5% growth compared to the prior year.
During the first quarter of 2011, Grupo Modelo invested 705 million pesos of internally generated resources, allocated to different areas of the organization.
On April 11, 2011, at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting a dividend of 7,210 million pesos was declared, which corresponds to 2.23 pesos per share for each of the 3,233,360,332 outstanding shares. The dividend payout ratio was 72.5%. The dividend will be paid in full, in one single payment, on April 20, 2011.
Anheuser-Busch International Holdings, Inc. received a dividend directly form Diblo for 2,184 million pesos as a result of its 23.25% stake in this company.
18 Apr. 2011