Breaking News
FONT-SIZE Plus   Neg
Share SHARE
mail  E-MAIL

SABMiller Revenues, Lager Volumes Rise - Update

4/19/2012 4:02 AM ET

British brewer SABMiller Plc (SAB.L,SBMRY.PK) reported Thursday a 7 percent increase in full-year revenues, with a 3 percent growth in lager volumes. The company also said its overall financial performance is in line with its expectations.

In a trading update for the 12 months ended March 31, 2012, the company said its revenues grew 7 percent on an organic, constant currency basis. Revenue per hectolitre was up 4 percent from last year. On an organic basis, lager volumes increased 3 percent from last year. Soft drinks volumes improved 7 percent from the preceding year.

The company said its organic growth rates exclude the impact of acquisitions and disposals on volumes and revenues. In the fourth quarter, group revenue grew 10 percent on an organic, constant currency basis, with group revenue per hl improving 5 percent.

In Latin America, lager volumes for the year advanced 8 percent on an organic basis. Soft drinks volumes in the region improved 10 percent, with strong growth across all categories.

In Europe, full-year lager volumes declined 1 percent, as beer market growth continued to be subdued and due to the aggressive promotion of economy brands and packs by competitors. Meanwhile, in the UK, volume grew 8 percent from a year ago.

The company reported a 13 percent growth in lager volumes in Africa on an organic basis, despite strong prior year comparatives and emerging capacity constraints in some markets. Total Africa soft drinks volumes grew 11 percent.

In South Africa, lager volumes grew 2 percent from last year and showed a 2 percent improvement in Soft drinks volumes.

Further, lager volumes in the Asia Pacific region improved 4 percent in the year. In China lager volume increase was 9 percent on a reported basis and 4 percent on an organic basis.

For the full year, MillerCoors LLC, the U.S. joint venture of Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP, TPX_A.TO, TPX_B.TO) and SABMiller, said its US domestic sales to retailers decreased 2.4 percent. According to the company, mainstream beer segment continued to be affected by economic pressure on key consumer demographics. Domestic sales to wholesalers also declined 2.7 percent.

SAB.L is currently trading at 2,631.5 pence, up 15.5 pence or 0.59 percent, on a volume of 225 thousand shares on the LSE.

Register
To receive FREE breaking news email alerts for SABMiller plc and others in your portfolio

by RTT Staff Writer

For comments and feedback: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Editors Pick
First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by more than expected in the week ended April 19th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with initial jobless claims climbing further off their recent lows. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 329,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 305,000. After giving back some ground in the previous session, stocks are likely to move back to the upside in early trading on Thursday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 40 points. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday that any worsening of the euro area inflation outlook may prompt the bank to adopt a broad-based asset buying scheme. "Unlike the other contingencies, the objective here would not be to defend the current stance, but rather to increase meaningfully the degree of monetary accommodation," Draghi said in a speech in Amsterdam.
comments powered by Disqus
FREE Newsletters, Analysis & Alerts

 

Stay informed with our FREE daily Newsletters and real-time breaking News Alerts. Sign up to receive the latest information on business news, health, technology, biotech, market analysis, currency trading and more.