The trend of complication of Russian beer market is going on and in several directions at the same time. The range has got wider, the import and small segments are growing, namely craft beer, alcohol-free beer and special flavor beer. At the same time, all ex-mega brands and light lagers by Russian brewers are experiencing a decline of their shares. AB InBev Efes, Heineken, MBC and Pivzavod Trekhsosenskiy have exceeded the market, Carlsberg was developing slower than the market and Ochakovo as well as some other mid-sized breweries have been cutting down their volumes. To a big extent brewers’ performance was connected to their ability to reach agreement with networks, sacrifice their margin and enter new markets. Craft brewers are facing a serious danger of producers’ registration introduction – de facto licensing. ...
The global outlooks of the legal market of cannabis are excellent. It is possible to simultaneously imagine dry law repeal and craft brewing boom but not in one but in several consumer categories. For alcohol is contained in liquids and cannabis derivatives can be in three physical forms.The value of legal market of cannabis and its products can reach 10% of the world beer market in five years, and in 2030-2040 even reach the same scope provided the current rates of legalization and development of market infrastructure remain at the same level. Cannabinoids are actively integrating into the food industry from chewing gum to beverages deforming the pharmaceutical and alcohol markets, they influence the trends of healthy lifestyle and beauty. ...
Beer market of Kazakhstan acquired both traits of East European countries and South Eastern Asia taking a transitional position between them by many criteria and consumption style. Yet there is a positive trend in beer production which differs Kazakhstan from most of the neighboring countries. The market has remained consolidated in the hands of two international players because of its small size. However, it faces dynamic processes such as fast growth of draft beer sales, up and downs of regional companies and Carlsberg Group’s ultimate expansion. Excessive mainstream segment has declined over the recent years, yet, Zhigulevskoe and national brands with regional links have yielded their positions to a range of new products. In our review special attention was paid to regional analysis of the markets. In 14 regions of Kazakhstan we compared the companies’ positions, the market price segmentation and DIOT channel development. Besides we have compared the beer market of Kazakhstan to neighboring countries. ...
Ten banks lead SABMiller’s $12.5 bln loan
* Dollar funding costs high for European banks
* Further syndication possible
By Tessa Walsh and Alasdair Reilly
LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Ten banks have been formally mandated to lead global brewer SABMiller's $12.5 billion acquisition loan which backs its hostile $10 billion bid for rival Foster's , banking sources said on Thursday.
"Ten banks have signed in. The loan has been formally mandated on the agreed terms and SABMiller has sufficient funds to back the bid it's made," a senior loan banker said.
SABMiller asked 12 relationship banks to provide $1.6 billion each to back the bid which became increasingly difficult for European banks last week as dollar funding costs spiked.
Two banks -- BNP Paribas and Commerzbank -- did not join the mandated group, in a move that highlights the losses around relationship lending arising from high dollar funding costs and lower interest margins on loans, two bankers said.
BNP Paribas declined to comment and Commerzbank was not immediately available for comment.
Dollar funding costs have trebled in recent weeks and the dollar squeeze intensified last week when one bank had to tap the ECB for $500 million.
The marginal cost of dollar funding is more than 200 basis points, using Credit Default Swaps as a proxy, while the interest margin on the loan is around 90bps, bankers said.
Advisors JP Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland and Morgan Stanley were joined by European banks BBVA, Banco Santander and Barclays; US banks Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup and Japanese lenders Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho, the two bankers said.
With a smaller bank group the mandated banks are also set to benefit from a larger share of bond fees if the acquisition goes through.
BNP Paribas' decision not to join the loan at the top level is surprising, several bankers said, as the bank topped EMEA loan league tables at the end of June 2011 with 128 deals totalling $29 billion.
BNP was also the biggest arranger of loans in 2010, when its share of 200 deals came to $50 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Both BNP Paribas and Commerzbank could join the loan for a smaller amount if the loan is syndicated further, which depends on the success of SABMiller's bid.
"This is a big surprise, particularly BNP, given its global strategy to use its sizeable balance sheet. In Euro terms it's the biggest provider of credit and this shouldn't be such an issue for a key client in a benchmark financing," the senior banker said.
The loan includes an 18-month bridge loan to bond issue of around $8.5 billion and also includes three and five-year term and revolving facilities, one of the bankers said.
The loan will not fund until the acquisition closes which is not expected until mid-first quarter 2012, bankers said.
25 Авг. 2011