Wed, Nov. 11, 11:07 AM
- There are some gentle gains across the beer sector after Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +1.1%) and SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY +2.2%) formalize their merger plan.
- Heineken (OTCQX:HEINY +1.6%), Molson Coors (TAP +0.7%), Ambev (ABEV +0.9%), Carlsberg (OTCPK:CABGY +5.9%), Craft Brew Alliance (BREW +1.8%), and Boston Beer (SAM +0.2%) are showing increases of varying degrees.
- Most analysts think the beer giants will make the necessary concessions to appease regulators in the U.S. and China. On SA, Chris DeMuth says the deal will extend the reach of the best operators in the business.
- Molson Coors in particular is widely identified as a winner in the deal through its pickup of a full stake in MillerCoors. Still to play out is what beer company makes a bid for SABMiller's position in CR Snow in China. China Resources Beer Holdings (OTCPK:CRHKY, OTC:CRHKF) is the 51% owner of the alluring JV.
- Previously: Molson Coors sees huge synergies down the road from MillerCoors deal (Nov. 11 2015)
- Previously: AB InBev, SABMiller seal MegaBrew deal (Nov. 11 2015)
Fri, Oct. 30, 8:30 AM
- Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) reported some solid organic growth across key regions in Q3 as higher prices contributed.
- Organic sales were up by double-digits in Mexico and Brazil, while the mark in China was +6.6% during a tumultuous quarter.
- U.S. organic sales were up more moderately with a 2.8% rise as A-B continues to see Bud Light and Budweiser lose traction amid the popularity of craft beer. Bud Light market share fell 45 bps during Q3, while Budweiser lost 15 bps. The company's mix of sales in the U.S. included a higher percentage of "above premium" brands.
- Previously: AB InBev raises sales outlook on premium lagers (Oct. 30 2015)
- Anheuser-Busch press release (.pdf)
- Anheuser-Busch is up over 2% in Brussels. BUD ADRs +2.51% premarket in the U.S.
Wed, Oct. 7, 8:40 AM
- SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY) formally rejects the $104B takeover offer from Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).
- The U.K. beer giant says the AB InBev offer "substantially undervalues" the company and has been timed to opportunistically take advantage of its its depressed share price. Significant regulatory hurdles in the U.S. and China are also seen as major hurdles.
- Shares of SABMiller are up 2.4% in London trading, while Anheuser-Busch InBev is 2.7% higher in New York premarket action. Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) is also on the move, up 1.37% to $82.10.
- SABMiller announcement
- Previously: SABMiller talks down AB InBev's new offer (Oct. 07 2015)
Wed, Sep. 16, 11:01 AM
- A statement from Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +5%) indicates the company must make a formal offer for SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY +19.5%) before October 14 or take a pass on the mega-merger to stay in compliance with U.K. law.
- There's a ripple effect with beer stocks circling the globe that includes distributors such as Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU +3.1%), Fomento Economico Mexicano (FMX +1.8%), AmBev (ABEV +2.1%).
- Another intriguing aspect of a potential A-B takeover of SABMiller is the side effects on the food industry if 3G Capital is fully engaged on the deal. 3G is a major player in food mergers and a factor in how investors value companies such as Mondelez International (MDLZ +0.2%), PepsiCo (PEP +0.4%), TreeHouse Foods (THS +0.1%), Campbell Soup (CPB +1.9%), JM Smucker (SJM +1.1%), and other food names.
- A-B InBev statement (.pdf)
- Previously: AB InBev prepping offer for SABMiller
- Previously: Beer stock rally with M&A on tap
Wed, Sep. 16, 9:56 AM
- Beer stocks are in party mode with Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +6.9%) closing in on making an offer for SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY +20.5%).
- Consolidation within the industry is seen supporting pricing and raising the M&A profile of large and smaller players alike.
- Gainers: Heineken ADRs (OTCQX:HEINY) +3.7%, Diageo (NYSE:DEO) +2.9%, Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) +14.5%, Carlsberg (OTCPK:CABGY) +3.7%, Craft Brew Alliance (OTCPK:CABGY) +3.7%, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) +0.8%, Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM) +1.6%.
- Previously: AB InBev prepping offer for SABMiller (Sep. 16 2015)
- Previously: Molson Coors pops with A-B circling SABMiller (Sep. 16 2015)
Wed, Sep. 16, 9:12 AM
Tue, Sep. 15, 11:23 AM
- Shares of SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY +2.2%) trade higher with some speculation making the rounds indicating Altria (MO +1.7%) pulled out of a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference to follow up on a similar action by Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +0.2%).
- A takeover of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev would benefit Altria with the tobacco company holding a 28% stake in SABMiller
Thu, Jul. 30, 9:39 AM
- Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD -4.7%) missed Q2 profit estimates on some broad volume weakness.
- Total beer volume -1.9% to 116.8M hls.
- The brewer saw organic sales in the U.S. fall 1.1% and 7.9% in Brazil against a tough World Cup-influenced comparison.
- Sales growth was strong for the Stella Artois, Budweiser, and Corona brands.
- The company also disclosed a $139M hedging loss tied to derivatives used for shares paid out to employees.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev earnings release (.pdf)
Thu, Jul. 23, 3:10 PM
Mon, Jun. 8, 9:59 AM
- Diageo (DEO -2.8%) trades lower as skepticism over a 3G Capital takeout builds.
- Evercore ISI and Susquehanna are both out with notes to investors discounting the likelihood of a deal.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD -3.2%) is also lower in early action.
- The brewing giant built up some late gains Friday with investors betting that 3G's prominent stake in the company would become even more significant if it worked a deal for Diageo.
- Previously: Diageo jumps on report of potential takeover offer (Jun. 05 2015)
- Previously: Diageo bid "highly unlikely" - Evercore (Jun. 06 2015)
Wed, May 6, 9:05 AM
- Total volumes declined by 1.2% for the period.
- Global brands delivered solid volume growth of 4.6%.
- Own beer volume declined 1%.
- Revenue breakdown: United States: $3.26B (-4.8%); Mexico: $893M (-14.30%); Brazil: $2.27B (-8.61%); China: $997M (+16.88%).
- Gross margin rate increased 20 bps to 59.8%.
- Normalized EBIT margin rate grew 120 bps to 30.7%.
- FY2015 Guidance: Tax rate: 22% to 24%; Capex: ~$4.3B.
- BUD +3.33% premarket.
Wed, May 6, 7:29 AM
Thu, Feb. 26, 10:27 AM
- Global beer stocks are getting a lift off of Anheuser-Busch InBev's (BUD +2.3%) Q4 report which showed some pockets of strength.
- The read on pricing for the sector was favorable, say beverage analysts.
- Gainers: Kirin Holdings (OTCPK:KNBWY, OTC:KNBWF) +1.1%, Diageo (NYSE:DEO) +0.5%, Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) +0.8%, SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY) +2.2%, Carlsberg (OTCPK:CABGY) +1.6%, Heineken (OTCQX:HEINY) was up over 2% in Amsterdam trading.
- Previously: Improvement in the U.S. lifts Anheuser-Busch InBev
Thu, Jan. 8, 10:01 AM
- Beer stocks are getting some early run after Constellation Brands (STZ +4.8%) reports strong volume numbers for Q4.
- The company sells Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, and Pacifico in the U.S.
- Channel checks in the industry have tipped off an improvement in demand for the U.S. late in Q4.
- Gainers: Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) +2.5%, Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP) +2.4%, SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY) +2.5%, Boston Beer (NYSE:SM) +1.0%.
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Wed, Jan. 7, 7:12 AM
- Shares of Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) and PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) are on watch after the WSJ reports 3G is discussing trying to acquire a major food company.
- Sources indicate the massive size of PepsiCo deal could prompt a partial buyout or a bid in tandem with Aneuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).
- PEP +0.8% premarket, CPB inactive.
Sep. 15, 2014, 9:55 AM
- Shares of SABMiller (OTCPK:SBMRY) are ripping in London trading with reports out that Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +3.2%) is talking to banks about coming up with financing for a bid.
- SABMiller is more vulnerable after Heineken (OTCQX:HEINY) rejected its buyout overture.
- A deal between the beer giants would require significant divestiture massaging, possibly including SABMiller shedding its interest in MillerCoors (NYSE:TAP) in the U.S.
- What to watch: A-B has to decide before the end of the year if its wants to renew a soft-drink bottling contract with PepsiCo. If the brewer declines, it could be an indication that it has its eyes on SABMiller's deal with Coca-Cola in Africa.
- SBMRY +12.2%.
Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA is engaged in the production, marketing, and distribution of beer. Its brand comprises of Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois. It also manufactures non-alcoholic beverages such as bottle water and Ice tea.
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