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3-2019

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.

Foster’s Affirms Rejection of SABMiller’s $9.6 Billion Bid as ‘Inadequate’

Foster’s Group Ltd. (FGL), Australia’s biggest brewer, affirmed its opposition to SABMiller Plc (SAB)’s hostile takeover bid after the cash offer was cut to A$9.25 billion ($9.6 billion) on dividends paid.

Investors should reject the “inadequate” offer and are advised not to take action when SABMiller files its formal bidder’s statement, Melbourne-based Foster’s said in a letter to investors filed with the Australian stock exchange today. The offer is now worth A$4.7675 a share after adjusting for the 13.25 Australian cent dividend to be paid by Foster’s, it said.

Foster’s has opposed the offer since first disclosing an approach on June 21, instead committing to Chief Executive Officer John Pollaers’ plan to return at least A$500 million to investors and cut production costs to revive earnings. London- based SABMiller, the maker of Peroni and Grolsch, announced plans to take its offer directly to shareholders on Aug. 17.

“Your board will always act in the best interests of shareholders and will therefore give due consideration to any bona fide offers it receives,” Chairman David Crawford said in the letter. “There is significant future value available to you, as a shareholder, if Foster’s remains an independent company.”

The offer by the world’s second-largest brewer by volume was originally worth A$4.90 a share, or A$9.5 billion, prior to any dividend payments.

Shares Decline
Foster’s shares fell 1.6 percent to A$4.83 at the 4:10 p.m. close of trading in Sydney.

SABMiller failed on Sept. 8 to get Australia’s Takeovers Panel to intervene in the bid after the body rejected its application to review statements from Foster’s about earnings forecasts and debt levels.

Foster’s has forecast revenue in the 12 months ending June 2012 will rise at a “mid single-digit” pace with earnings before interest and tax increasing faster.

Were the offer to succeed, SABMiller would gain just under half of the Australian beer market, including brews such as the namesake lager, Pure Blonde and Fat Yak.

Foster’s has said it’s open to talks on a “sensible” bid from SABMiller, without being more specific.

12 Сен. 2011

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