AB InBev issued a press release on their quarterly results before the market opened.
The two most important headlines of the quarter were probably the listing of Budweiser APAC on the HKEx and implementation of price increases in South Korea and Brazil that drove volume declines.
Whereas revenue and revenue per hectolitre were up, volume was down and EBITDA margins contracted.
The proceeds from the listing of Budweiser APAC was used to reduce debt and AB InBev is on track to reduce the debt to 4 times normalized EBITDA before the end of the year; one year earlier than the prior guidance. Deleveraging to approximately 2 times EBITDA still remains the commitment.
Comparison of breweries
AB InBev continues to have the strongest operating margins in the industry because of their strong brands and their economies of scale. For example cost synergies of USD3.2B have been realised three years after the acquisition of SABMiller.
Interbrands 2019 report
Interbrands released their report on the 100 top ranked brands in the world on the 17th of October. AB InBev is featured on the list with two of their brands; Budweiser (#32) and the rapidly growing Corona (#79).
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