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Russia: Positions of Brewing Companies

The review contains an analysis of interim performance of brewers in the first half of 2019. There are rather dynamic changes behind a modest industry growth. Baltika is again experiencing a stage of volumes and market share slid due to competition with AB InBev Efes. Because of the price competition and presence expansion in the modern trade company #2. has come close to the leading position. At the same time sales of Heineken Russia have continued growing which makes the premium part of the portfolio heavier. The market premiumization trend had been also confirmed by import brands. MBC and Zavod Trekhsosenskiy have been the most successful among federal market players. The market share of independent regional brewers and Ochakovo have continued falling as they are being squeezed out by the market leaders at their competitive fields.

Ukrainian beer market 2019: companies and brands

In 2019 beer production and market have been still fluctuating about zero point. However, the past season was successful for brewers judging by the sales profitability. The price mix has improved due to rapid general market premiumization, as well as its particular aspect, the growth of import beer sales. By the season end AB InBev Efes improved its positions considerably. It turned out that consumers had not forgot Efes brands that had to leave the market, but started to recover rapidly. Against the stagnating market that meant sales decline of other companies, in the first place Carlsberg Group that most of all beneficiated from Efes exiting the market. PPB turned out to be stable to branding activity of its competitor and Obolon kept the same volumes and at the moment it is the absolute leader of the economy segment. The share growth of independent producers took place thanks to leading craft breweries, that so far do not have a big market weight, but they are rapidly gaining it.

Brewing industry in Kazakhstan 2019

During the first half of 2019, the majority of Kazakh brewers made their contribution into positive dynamics. Yet it was companies of the lower division, not the two transnational leaders that raised their production and sales. The shares of draft beer and aluminum can which is rapidly squeezing glass bottle out of the market, have been growing. The price segmentation has remained stable despite the substantial rise of retail prices and fluctuations of brand market shares, while the borders between segments have become blurred. The main events in the industry have been: the announced revision of the beer excise policy, launch of BeerKhan brand in the strong beer segment, and most important – purchasing assets of Shymkentbeer by Arasan.

SABMiller Takeover of Foster’s Would Benefit Both Companies, Moody’s Says

SABMiller Plc (SAB)’s A$9.5 billion ($9.9 billion) takeover offer of Foster’s Group Ltd. (FGL) would benefit both companies’ earnings and help them cut costs if a deal is completed, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewer by volume, would get access to a profitable cash-generating business and reduce its reliance on developing markets, Moody’s said in an e-mailed report today. Melbourne-based Foster’s would benefit from being part of a materially larger and higher-rated company, Moody’s said.

Foster’s rejected SABMiller’s conditional cash offer last week as too low, in what would be the biggest takeover in the beer industry since 2008. London-based SABMiller said it would pursue Foster’s as it seeks a brewer with about half the Australian market and the top-selling brew in Victoria Bitter.

“SABMiller has historically been an acquisitive company with a good track record at integrating purchased assets,” Yasmina Serghini-Douvin and Maurice O’Connell, Moody’s analysts, wrote in the report. “If the acquisition proceeds, it would be credit positive for both companies with expected benefits in terms of diversification, scale and cost savings.”

Moody’s rates Foster’s Baa2, two levels above junk status. SABMiller is rated one level higher at Baa1.

The offer by SABMiller “significantly undervalues” Foster’s, the Australian brewer said June 21.

An acquisition of Foster’s would be SABMiller’s biggest, giving the maker of Peroni and Grolsch seven of Australia’s top 10 selling beers. It would be the biggest takeover of a beermaker since 2008, when InBev NV acquired St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. for $52 billion to form Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world’s largest brewer by volume.

28 Июн. 2011

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