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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. United Breweries down over 2% on Vijay Mallya exit talks

Shares of United Breweries Ltd fell by over 2% today amid intense speculation that its Chairman Vijay Mallya may have to step down soon and sell his shares due to tightening of noose by markets regulator Sebi.

Mallya-led UB Group is already being probed by Sebi for suspected violation of various securities markets regulations including about disclosure and related party transactions, while a 'wilful defaulter' tag has made it difficult for the beleaguered businessman to continue on boards of listed firms.

The shares of United Breweries Ltd, where the UB Group no more has majority stake but remains a co-promoter along with global giant Heineken group, slumped 2.11% to settle at Rs 745.35 on BSE.

Intra-day, it slipped as much as 2.67% to Rs 741, as market was rife with speculation that a board meeting could be held soon where Mallya would be asked to leave.

On NSE, it fell by 2.44% to close at Rs 743.45.

Mallya, who is said to be in London while arrest warrants have been issued for him back home, is said to have attended the last board meeting of the company through video- conferencing after which some directors of the company said they have full faith in him.

This may not have gone well with the regulator and other enforcement agencies, as rules do not allow a person classified by banks as a 'wilful defaulter' under RBI norms to continue on the board of any listed company.

Surprisingly, shares of another listed company of UB Group, United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd, rose by 4.46% to Rs 22.25 on BSE, even as the company today disclosed an attachment notice issued by Enforcement Directorate and said it is seeking legal advice to take appropriate steps.

Various listed firms of the Group have in the past been found to have violated listing and disclosure regulations of Sebi, while the regulator is also probing the group for other violations including for related party transactions and alleged diversion of funds for undue benefit to the promoters.

Besides, the Sebi norms do not permit wilful defaulters to hold board positions at listed companies.

Mallya recently resigned as Chairman and Director of United Spirits, after striking a sweetheart deal with Diageo, the new contolling owner of the erstwhile flagship company of his group.

17 Июн. 2016

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