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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. Habeco sees revenue fall despite Obama visit

The images of Obama eating bun cha and drinking Habeco beer in Hanoi appeared on all local newspapers in May, when Vietnamese attention was drawn to the President’s official visit to Vietnam.

Analysts then predicted that the move by the most powerful man in the world would help Habeco beer sell like hotcakes. But the company has unexpectedly reported decreased revenue in the first six months of the year. 

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The audited financial report showed that revenue from sales and services in the first half of the year was VND4.049 trillion, a decrease of VND610 billion, or 13 percent, compared with the same period last year.

Habeco’s revenue still fell considerably despite branding campaigns. The brewery reportedly allocated avbig budget for sales and advertisements.

In the first six months of the year, it spent VND110 billion on ads and promotion campaigns, an increase of VND32.6 billion, or 42 percent, compared with the same period of last year. The spending was the main reason behind Habeco’s higher sales cost, about VND464 billion.

The higher sales cost and lower sales have led to Habeco’s profit decrease. Its post-tax profit in the first six months of the year was VND320 billion, down by VND220 billion, or 41 percent compared with 2015’s first six months.

The corporate management cost increased from VND182 billion to VND226 billion.

Financial experts, after analyzing Habeco’s financial report, have pointed out a problem that even though Habeco’s has big amounts of cash, it still had to borrow money from banks.

The company’s total debts reached VND1.24 trillion by the end of the first half of the year, accounting for 53.5 percent of stockholder equity.

Habeco’s biggest creditor is VIB Bank which lent VND356.6 billion. The other lenders include Vietcombank (VND244 billion) and Standard Chartered VND179 billion.

With the loans, Habeco had to pay VND37 billion in interest in the first half of the year.

The State Audit has released a decision forcing Habeco to pay tax arrears of VND920 billion in luxury tax.

Habeco has sent a petition to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, saying that the decision is unreasonable.

After Obama had dinner at Huong Lien bun cha Shop and drank Bia Ha Noi on May 23, the first day of his visit to Vietnam, both brands appeared many times on mass media. Bia Ha Noi was even mentioned in Obama’s speech the next morning.

16 Сен. 2016

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