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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.

SABMiller Revenue Beats Estimates on Premium Beer Demand

SABMiller Plc (SAB), the world’s second- biggest brewer, reported organic revenue that beat estimates for the third quarter as consumers opted for pricier beers.
Revenue at the maker of Grolsch and Peroni rose 8 percent on an organic basis, which excludes the effects of acquisitions and disposals, the London-based company said today in a statement. That was ahead of the 6.5 percent median estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.
The report shows price increases and an appetite for more premium tipples buoyed sales in Latin America, one of SABMiller’s biggest regions, even as cold weather in China and lackluster consumer spending in Europe damped demand for thirst- quenching lagers, causing volume growth to miss analyst estimates. SABMiller’s shares rose as much as 1.4 percent in London trading to 3,000.5 pence.
“We think the revenue beat will offset the volume miss,” Anthony Bucalo, an analyst at Banco Santander SA in London, wrote in a note today. Santander recommends buying the stock.
SABMiller gets most of its revenue from emerging markets including Latin America and Africa, where volume rose 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively. The brewer said in November that it had seen “moderation of economic growth” in some countries, though emerging-market growth potential remained strong.
“The positive surprises come in high-margin areas and the misses in low ones” in the report, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in London wrote in a note.
Wet Weather
So-called organic lager volume increased 2 percent in the third quarter, lower than the 3 percent median estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.
Volume in Europe gained 1 percent, less than the 5 percent median analyst estimate, as markets including Poland and the Czech Republic suffered “depressed consumer confidence,” the company said. Volume in the Asia-Pacific region showed an unexpected 1 percent decline, missing the median estimate for a 5 percent gain, as China’s wet weather depressed spending. China represents about 20 percent of group volume, but only 2 percent of profit, according to analysis by UBS AG.
SABMiller bought Foster’s Group Ltd. in 2011 for about A$10.5 billion ($11.1 billion), which boosted first-half earnings in Asia. The Australian brewer has higher margins than SABMiller, which is aiming to increase sales of pricier, more profitable beers in that country as volumes wane.
Australian volume slid 4 percent in the quarter, an improvement from the first half’s 8 percent decline. Volume fell 15 percent including the loss of some discontinued brands.
Sales to wholesalers at the company’s U.S. joint venture MillerCoors LLC dropped 1.4 percent, according to the statement. South Africa, where the brewer was founded, showed a 3 percent increase in volume, ahead of estimates.
23 Янв. 2013

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