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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.

India. Banks block UBHL’s claims for money; say Vijay Mallya move a tactic to delay justice

A consortium of banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday filed counter-objections in the debt recovery tribunal (DRT), Bengaluru, against a claim of Rs 594 crore made by the Vijay Mallya-controlled United Breweries (Holdings) or UBHL. Lenders alleged Mallya’s claim to secure the amount from them at this stage was a clear-cut tactic to delay the process of justice, knowing fully well that the case was on the verge of being disposed of. Admitting the lenders’ counter-objections, DRT presiding officer justice CR Benakanahalli posted the matter for further hearing to April 21.

On April 5, UBHL had filed its objections before the DRT stating that lenders sold pledged shares of United Spirits at a lower price, causing the company losses. UBHL had pledged these shares as security against Rs 7,000 crore in loans to Kingfisher Airlines.

On Wednesday, lenders argued in their written submission that UBHL should have filed its objections on or before May 6, 2014. They said they had proceeded with the sale of shares as per the provisions available to them under the Recovery of Debt Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993. The lenders also said UBHL should substantiate its claim with full proof of documents and evidence.

UBHL is understood to have contended that lenders had sold 2.6 million shares pledged with them hurriedly in April 2013, realising just Rs 1,836.94 apiece whereas the share value touched a high of Rs 4,080 apiece in April 2015. This, UBHL said, had caused it losses.

In April 2013, lenders had sold shares of United Spirits pledged to them following the failure of Kingfisher Airlines to repay its dues amounting to Rs 7,500 crore at that time.

Lenders also asked the DRT to extend its March 7 order directing Diageo and United Spirits to hold back the payment of the $75-million exit payout to Mallya as per their agreement reached on February 25. The DRT had also ordered the attachment of the $75-million payout until the disposal of the original application. SBI also filed a memo seeking the deposit of the $75 million with the DRT.

Further, lenders sought the attachment of the sale proceeds of Mallya’s private aircraft parked at Mumbai airport by the service tax department. The auction is being conducted by the department on May 12 and 13 to recover their dues, lawyers to SBI said. The department is auctioning Mallya’s private aircraft — an Airbus A319-133ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet) — to recover over `370 crore in dues and penalty. Last year, the Bombay High Court had given the green signal for auctioning the aircraft, which had been leased to Kingfisher Airlines.

14 Апр. 2016



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