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.
UK court says SABMiller shareholders can be split into two classes
The marriage of the world's largest beer makers was agreed last year with an offer of 44 pounds per share in cash for general shareholders and a discounted cash-and-stock offer aimed at the largest two - Altria Group and Bevco - to help them avoid large tax bills.
The agreement grew contentious this summer after a fall in the British currency increased the value of the cash-and-stock offer above that of the cash offer. AB InBev sweetened its offer in July after several shareholders, including activist hedge funds, pressured SABMiller to seek a new deal.
Both brewers' boards have recommended AB InBev's "final" offer, and SAB requested that Altria and Bevco -- which have already signalled their support -- be treated as a separate class.
Justice Richard Snowden said on Tuesday it was an understandable request since it lowered the risk of delays or challenges from dissenting shareholders who might have challenged the vote as unfair given that Altria and Bevco has agreed to a different offer arrangement.
With the judge's ruling, the deal will require 75 percent approval by SAB shareholders, excluding Altria and Bevco, which together control about 40 percent of the shares.
"I have jurisdiction to order a meeting of public shareholders to be summoned that does not include Altria and BevCo," Snowden told the court.
Altria and Bevco, a vehicle of Colombia's Santo Domingo family, will therefore give their support separately, SABMiller and AB InBev said.
Prominent investor Aberdeen Asset Management had voiced opposition to the revised offer, saying it still undervalued the brewer of beers including Castle Lager, which has a strong presence in fast-growing markets of Latin America and Africa.
SAB also said more details about the implementation of the deal were expected to be published along with transaction documents on Aug. 26.
There are planned meetings of shareholders of each company on Sept. 28. If approved, the deal is expected to close on Oct. 10.
The new entity will be almost wholly controlled by executives from AB InBev, maker of beers including Budweiser and Stella Artois.
SAB's shares were down marginally at 4,375 pence at 1159 GMT while AB InBev's stock was up 1 percent at 112.10 euros. ($1 = 0.7663 pounds) (Reporting by Martinne Geller in London; additional reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain and Esha Vaish in Bengaluru; editing by Keith Weir and Susan Thomas)
23 Aug. 2016