Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
Beer market of Vietnam: “Young tiger”Vietnam is one of the few big beer markets that continue to grow steadily. The beer popularity results from its low price, street consumption culture, and social motives. The outlooks of beer market as well as the Vietnamese economy inspire optimism, though the country is heavily dependent on export of goods. The state regulation can be called liberal, but the key risk for brewers is harbored in intensive rising of excise. Within TOP-4 there are two leaders, Sabeco and Heineken that grow at the fastest rates. The first company effectively employs its capacities, the second one focuses on marketing technologies. Almost 80% of the market belongs to century-old brands, yet the middle class and the youth are shifting their interest toward international premium that is growing taking share from the mainstream.
Analysis of beer market in China (on Russian)
Beer market of Ukraine: big three losing weightIn 2016, fast increase of excises and resulting price spike stood in the way of the beer market stabilization. Most of competition (as well as mass sorts) moved to the economy segment of the market. The biggest losses were incurred by the leading three, especially Obolon, which again experienced pressure after reallocation of Efes market share. However, one should already speak of TOP-4. Group Oasis CIS (PPB) became a strong player and competitor to transnational companies. Besides the net sales of many regional medium breweries look rather good and 16-fold cost reduction wholesale trade license for craft brewers opens up a possibility of rapid growth in 2017.
SABMiller play for Foster’s expected to drag on for months
Foster's shares have jumped to trade 6 percent above SABMiller's offer, rejected on Tuesday, with investors betting that SABMiller may have to raise its original bid by at least 10 percent to seal the deal.
"SABMiller is the logical buyer," said John Grace, portfolio manager at Ausbil Dexia, which owns a 0.5 percent stake in Foster's, according to Thomson Reuters data.
"They've got intentions to grow their global market share and Foster's presents an attractive opportunity. They're trying to engage with the board to come to an agreement. So it's early days," he said.
Foster's is alluring for its 50 percent market share in Australia, where its Victoria Bitter, Pure Blonde and Cascade beers help it earn some of the best margins in the developed world.
Others own the Foster's brand offshore, including SABMiller, which owns the brand in India.
Brokers have speculated that SABMiller, which brews Peroni, Grolsch and Miller, would have to offer at least A$5.25 to draw Foster's into talk, and would have to pay at least A$5.40 to clinch the deal. Foster's shares last traded at A$5.19.
"They'll have to up the price a little bit," said a portfolio manager at a Sydney-based fund that owns Foster's shares, declining to speculate on what would be a fair price.
"The beer volume's been down. They're trying to turn it around. So you're buying at the bottom of the cycle. Why would you give it away?"
SABMiller is seen as the only likely bidder, with others seen as too laden with debt to get involved. Key potential suitors have signalled they were not interested, including world no.3 brewer Heineken , Japan's Asahi Breweries and Denmark's Carlsberg (CARLb.CO).
SABMiller has got to know the Australian market through its Pacific Beverages joint venture with Coca-Cola Amatil , so it has a good view on the turnaround potential in the business.
It is known for its discipline on acquisitions, having last year walked away from bidding for Mexico's FEMSA, bought by Heineken in an all-share deal worth $7.6 billion, including net debt, which valued the maker of Dos Equis beer at 11.2 times trailing EBITDA.
At an enterprise value of A$11.2 billion, SABMiller's bid for Foster's is already at 11.8 times trailing EBITDA.
It has agreed to pay C-C Amatil up to A$380 million for its stake in the joint venture, if it is successful with its bid for Foster's, which it needs to factor into how much it would be willing to pay for Foster's.
24 Jun. 2011