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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.

India. Banks to file objections to Heineken’s impleadment plea

The Consortium of Banks led by SBI today said it would be filing objections to the Dutch beer major Heineken's application before the Debt Recovery Tribunal seeking to be impleaded in the Vijay Mallya case.

"We will file objections to Heineken's application seeking impleadment in Vijay Mallya case, tomorrow," SBI Senior Counsel Nagananda submitted before DRT Presiding Officer C R Benakanahalli.

Heineken on June 18 had sought permission to implead itself in the case and enjoy the right of first refusal over the UBL shares.

Heineken has some presumptive rights on UBL shares held and owned by Mallya.

Right of first refusal is a contractual term between shareholders which are usually included in the Articles of Association.

If one shareholder wishes to dispose of shares that are subject to a right of first refusal (ROFR), it must first offer them to those other shareholders who have the benefit of ROFR.

Earlier, IDBI Bank pleaded to sustain its August 2015 order relating to attachment of 34 lakh equity shares of United Spirits Limited in the case, since Vijay Mallya's resortment to asset stripping has resulted in eroding of his networth. The IDBI Counsel also said that Mallya's liability to Kingfisher will have to be collected by gaining through the doctrine of reverse piercing because he has controlling interest in all companies and also is the chief promoter and controlling interest.

"Therefore, all his companies will have to be put on one platform and, Mallya has to be looked at as a common denominator and should be held responsible to settle dues of Rs 1,746 crore to IDBI," he argued.

Challenging the arguments, USL Counsel said Mallya cannot be looked at as common denominator and should be considered independently because the liquor baron is no way connected to USL.

Moreover, USL is not indebted to IDBI as it has cleared all the dues to them, including interests on loan and penalties thereof, he said.

The USL Counsel also questioned the reason for IDBI not make any reference to the clean chit given by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to USL of clearing all dues.

"I ask myself, why IDBI is not making any submission of PNB giving no-objection certificate to USL, which had cleared all its dues," he contended.

USL Counsel also said Mallya cannot be looked at as common denominator and should be considered independently.

Countering IDBI argument, Srinivasan said "the plea of USL not to look at Mallya as common denominator is a pre-designed act by him to divest himself from accountability and run away to London."

Mallya, whose now-defunct group company Kingfisher Airlines owes over Rs 9,000 crore (Rs 90 billion) to 17 banks, had left the country on March 2 and is in the UK.

The beleaguered businessman has been declared a proclaimed offender by a special PMLA court in Mumbai on a plea by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with its money laundering probe against him in the alleged bank loan default case.

"The Bank hereby makes an humble submission to sustain attachment of 34 lakh equity shares of United Spirits Limited, since Mallya has resorted to asset stripping by resigning from every company, which has resulted in eroding of his net worth," IDBI Bank Counsel N V Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan also submitted that the eroding of his net worth is a violation of agreement between Kingfisher Airlines Limited and IDBI, because the former has to maintain its personal guarantor net worth.

Moreover, Kingfisher could avail loans because of Mallya's net worth in addition to other securities, Srinivasan submitted.

23 Июн. 2016

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