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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.

Vietnam. ThaiBev downplays Saigon Beer rumours

Thai Beverage Plc (ThaiBev), the country's biggest drinks company, says it is ready to pursue mergers and acquisitions on the back of its financial strength.

"Our financial status is quite strong," said executive vice-president Sithichai Chaikriangkrai. "If we get an interesting deal, we can move forward to finalise it in a short period of time with many financial tools."

ThaiBev has been mentioned by Euromonitor as one of three companies showing an interest in buying a major stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corporation.

The Vietnamese government wants to divest of its 89.59% stake in Saigon Beer for UScopy.8 billion in auctions this year and next, along with its 82% stake in Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage Corporation for $404 million, according to a state-run news website.

Mr Sithichai refused to confirm whether ThaiBev is interested in Saigon Beer.

"ThaiBev's management will consider acquisition opportunities to diversify its revenue sources and capitalise on growth opportunities in the Asean region," he said. "It wants to be a top-five beverage company in Asia by 2020."

Fitch Ratings assigned ThaiBev an initial long-term issuer default rating of BBB and a national long-term rating of AA+ with a stable outlook.

The company's ratings were given based on ThaiBev's strength as the leading drinks company in Thailand with a solid distribution network.

ThaiBev has a variety of home-grown and imported products. Its financial strength and credit rating incorporate a prudent approach to leverage and a commitment to an investment-grade profile.

Some 95% of revenue comes from local sales and 5% from overseas; 87% comes from alcoholic products and 13% from non-alcoholic.

ThaiBev directly holds a 28% stake in Fraser and Neave of Singapore.

Under the 2020 Vision plan, ThaiBev's sales will reach 300 billion baht and the contributions from alcoholic and non-alcoholic products will be 50:50.

5 Сен. 2016



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