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.
SINGAPORE: APB’s group revenue rises 20% in first nine month of 2011
Group revenue for the nine months stood at S$2.24 billion, up 20% or S$370 million as compared with the same period a year ago.
Mr Roland Pirmez, Chief Executive Officer, APB said, “Improvements in Group PBIT, APBE and revenue were mainly due to stronger demand for our brands in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. We also recorded an exceptional income of S$36.3 million with the recent divestment of interest in Kingway Brewery that further contributed to our ANP growth of 36%.”
In addition to driving organic growth in its existing markets to improve its earnings profile, the Group made strategic investments to further expand its regional network in recent months. Forging ahead with its premium brand strategy in China, APB commissioned its 50%-owned greenfield brewery, in Guangzhou in May 2011. It also extended its presence in the South Pacific by acquiring a 97.69% interest in Solomon Breweries Limited in June 2011.
Operations Review (YTD)
South & South East Asia (Singapore, Export Markets, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka)
Volume and PBIT for the region rose 25% and 37% respectively, boosted mainly by the acquisition of breweries in Indonesia in February 2010. Excluding the results from Indonesia from October 2010 to January 2011, PBIT grew 4%, driven by higher volumes in Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka as well as improved margins in Indonesia.
Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) & Thailand
Volume for the region grew 18%, led by continued growth momentum in Vietnam. Increased marketing also lifted volumes in Cambodia and Laos.
PBIT grew 20%, underpinned by higher volume and better margins in Vietnam. Excluding translation losses that arise mainly from the 18% devaluation in the Vietnamese dong, PBIT grew organically by 41%.
North Asia (China and Mongolia)
PBIT for the region fell 15% to S$1.8 million. The region incurred higher gestation losses from the newly-commissioned brewery in Guangzhou while improved margins and volumes were reported in Mongolia.
Oceania (New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia)
Volume and PBIT for the region grew 10% and 27% respectively. The strong performance was mainly attributed to contributions from the newly acquired brewery in New Caledonia. Excluding the results from New Caledonia from October 2010 to January 2011, PBIT grew 20% due to higher volumes and improved margins in Papua New Guinea.
Corporate office expenses were higher than same period last year mainly due to higher personnel expenses offset by higher royalty income and lower marketing expenditure.
Rising inflation in our main markets compounded by the recent global economic uncertainties may dampen consumer demand.
Strengthening of the Singapore Dollar against regional currencies, particularly the Vietnamese Dong, will continue to adversely affect the reported financial results of the Group.
The company share price has further appreciated in the last three months, resulting in a higher provision for employee share-based expenses. Taking the current share price as a reference, additional provisions will be required for the last quarter of the financial year.
13 Aug. 2011