Table of Content Chapter 1 1. Introduction to South African Breweries (SABMiller plc) 1. 1History 1. Early history 2. Diversified into Bottles, Lodging, and Mineral Water in Early 20th Century 3. Takeover of Ohlsson’s and United Breweries in 1956 4. Reincorporated in South Africa in 1970 5. Government Restrictions Leading to More Diversification: 1980s and Early 1990s 6. International Expansion in the Post-Apartheid Era 7. Moving into the Developed World As SABMiller, Early 2000s . CHAPTER 1 1. Introduction to South African Breweries (SABMiller plc) SABMiller plc ranks as the world’s second largest brewer in terms of volume, trailing only Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Although now based in London, the company owns no breweries in the United Kingdom. Its true home country is South Africa, where The South African Breweries Limited (SAB) was founded in 1895 and where SABMiller today holds an impressive 98 percent share of the beer market.
The firm operates seven breweries in South Africa, where it sells 14 brands of beer, including local lager, Castle (the best-selling beer in Africa), SABMiller import brands Pilsner Urquell and Miller Genuine Draft, and one foreign brand brewed under license – Amstel. The company also maintains a major presence in the South African soft drink market through a 74 percent interest in Amalgamated Beverage Industries Ltd. , the country’s largest bottler and distributor of the Coca-Cola line of products, and full ownership of Appletiser South Africa (Pty. ) Ltd. , a producer of nonalcoholic sparkling fruit juices.
In addition, SABMiller owns a 30 percent stake in Distell Group Ltd. , the leading distributor of wines and spirits in South Africa, and 49 percent of Tsogo Sun Holdings (Pty. ) Ltd. , an operator of hotels and casinos in southern Africa. South African Breweries embarked on an aggressive program of overseas expansion in the post-apartheid era, initially concentrating on the emerging markets of sub-Saharan Africa, central Europe (first entered in 1993, in Hungary), China (1994), India (2000), and Central America (2001). By the early 2000s SAB was the number two brewer in China and produced two-thirds of all beer in Africa.
In July 2002 SAB acquired Miller Brewing Company, the number two U. S. beer producer, and renamed itself SABMiller plc. This move into the developed world was followed by a second, the June 2003 purchase of majority control of Birra Peroni S. p. A. , Italy’s second largest brewer. Via this acquisition spree, SABMiller had by late 2003 amassed a total of 115 breweries in about two dozen countries on four continents. The history of SAB is in many ways the history of the South African brewing industry, most notably through the government-ordered merger of the largest breweries in 1956.
The company’s history was also greatly influenced by the apartheid system and its effect on the domestic economy, on domestic firms, and on foreign investment in South Africa. 1. 1Early History The discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand (a region encompassing Johannesburg) in 1875 brought large numbers of prospectors to South Africa. Small outposts for white settlers were transformed into busy cities with new industries. Several brewmasters, most with little experience, began to produce a variety of beers that immediately gained popularity with the settlers.
In 1889 a British sailor named Frederick Mead left his ship in Durban and took a job working in the canteen of a local army garrison at Fort Napier. While there, Mead, who was only 20yrs, became acquainted with a businessman in Pietermaritzburg named George Raw. Neither of them knew anything about brewing, but they persuaded the local residents to help establish the Natal Brewery Syndicate. After purchasing a factory site, Frederick Mead returned to England to procure machinery and raise capital. In need of brewing expertise, Mead approached W. H. Hackblock, head of Morgan’s Brewery in Norwich.
The two men became friends and Hackblock agreed to serve as chairman of Mead’s company, which was registered in 1890 as the Natal Brewery Syndicate (South East Africa) Limited. The company brewed its first beer in July 1891. Mead remained interested in establishing a brewery in the rapidly growing Witwatersrand. In 1892 he purchased the Castle Brewery in Johannesburg from its proprietor Charles Glass. The expansion of this facility, however, was beyond the means of the Natal Brewery Syndicate, and Mead returned to England to attract new investors.
In the final arrangement, Mead formed another larger company based in London called The South African United Breweries. This company took over the operations of both the Natal Brewery Syndicate and the Castle Brewery. After construction of the new Castle Brewery, South African United Breweries made additional share offerings which were purchased by South Africa’s largest investment houses. Subsequent growth precipitated a restructuring of the company and reincorporation in London on May 15, 1895, as The South African Breweries Limited.
In 1896 South African Breweries purchased its first boarding houses. That same year, Frederick Mead moved to England for health reasons but continued to occupy a seat on the board of directors and frequently returned to South Africa. From London, Mead directed the purchase of machinery for brewing lager beer from the Pfaudler Vacuum Company in the United States. Patent restrictions and mechanical difficulties delayed production of Castle lager until 1898. The beer gained such widespread popularity that competing breweries rushed to introduce their own lagers.
South African Breweries, or SAB, was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1895 and two years later became the first industrial company to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Through these listings SAB had greater access to additional investor capital. On October 11, 1899, a war broke out between British colonial forces and Dutch and Huguenot settlers known as Boers. The war drove residents of Johannesburg out of the city and forced the Castle Brewery to close for almost a year. When British troops recovered the area, the brewery had sustained little or no damage.
British authorities regarded the plant as an essential industry and encouraged the company to resume production in August 1900. Disrupted supply lines caused shortages of yeast and other raw materials, but within a year production had returned to full capacity. The Boer War ended in 1902 but was followed by a severe economic depression. The brewing industry was not as adversely affected as others, however, and SAB was able to continue its expansion across southern Africa. The company acquired the Durban Breweries and Distillers company, and established a new plant at Bloemfontein.
SAB purchased Morgan’s Brewery in Port Elizabeth in 1906 and, five years later, acquired another brewery in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). At its northernmost point, SAB established a brewery at Ndola, northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). W. H. Hackblock died in 1907 and was succeeded as chairman by Sydney Chambers. In 1912 Chambers led the company into an innovative arrangement with its competitor, Ohlsson’s Brewery, to cultivate hops jointly at a site near the city of George, midway between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. A joint subsidiary called Union Hop Growers spent many years developing new hybrids, hich delayed the first commercial use of South African-grown hops until 1920. 1. 2Diversified into Bottles, Lodging, and Mineral Water in Early 20th Century After Frederick Mead died in August 1915, John Stroyan, who succeeded Sydney Chambers a few months earlier, became the most important figure in SAB management. Stroyan faced a serious challenge the following year when hostilities during World War I interrupted the supply of bottles to South Africa. SAB decided to establish its own bottle-making plants in 1917. Actual production, however, did not begin until 1919, the year the war ended.
Another economic depression beset South Africa after World War I, but steady growth in the demand for beer reduced many of the detrimental effects of the depression. SAB was financially strong enough in 1921 to purchase the Grand Hotel in Cape Town, an important addition to the company’s lodging business. SAB gained an interest in the mineral water business in 1925, when it purchased a substantial interest in the Schweppes Company. The Great Depression of the early 1930s had little effect on the South African brewing industry; SAB continued to expand its operations and improve its facilities.
The company’s biggest problems were shortages of labor and capital. The Spanish Civil War and rising political tensions in Europe during the mid- and late 1930s caused a disruption in the supply of cork to South Africa. Faced with a severe shortage of cork seals for its beer, SAB developed a method of recycling old cork until a new supplier of cork could be found. Castle Beer accompanied South African soldiers to the East African and Mediterranean theaters of World War II, but apart from its involvement in Europe, South Africa was relatively unaffected by World War II.
When hostilities ended in 1945, SAB turned its attention to further modernization and expansion. Arthur Griffith-Boscawen, who had succeeded John Stroyan as chairman in 1940, died in 1946, and was replaced by John Stroyan’s son, Captain John R. A. Stroyan. Under the leadership of the younger Stroyan, SAB concentrated on the establishment of a South African barley industry as an extension of the joint agricultural project it operated with Ohlsson’s. 1. 3Takeover of Ohlsson’s and United Breweries in 1956 South African Breweries entered a new stage of its development in 1950.
That year, in the midst of a large corporate modernization program, SAB decided to move its head office from London to Johannesburg. In 1951 the company acquired the Hotel Victoria in Johannesburg, and a second brewery in Salisbury(Harare). Captain Stroyan retired the following year and returned to England. His successor, a talented barrister named J. K. Cockburn Millar, died after only four months in office, and was replaced by a solicitor, S. J. Constance. After producing nothing but beer for more than 60 years, SAB began to introduce a range of liquor products. The incentive to diversify was provided by increased taxes on beer.
Consumption of beer in South Africa fell for the first time on record and showed every indication of further decline. Officials of the three largest brewing companies in South Africa, SAB, Ohlsson’s Cape Breweries, and United Breweries, met on several occasions in London and Johannesburg to discuss the viability of competition under deteriorating market conditions. In 1956 these officials decided that the three companies should merge their operations into one large brewing concern. SAB acquired all the shares of Ohlsson’s and United Breweries, thus retaining the South African Breweries name. B. C. Smither of Ohlsson’s and M. W.
J. Bull of United Breweries joined the SAB board of directors. Although the new company controlled 90 percent of the market for beer in South Africa, antiquated production facilities narrowed profit margins. In response, company activities were centralized in the Transvaal and the Western Province, areas where the three companies had previously competed. In addition, the old Castle Brewery in Johannesburg was closed in 1958. After succeeding Constance as chairman in 1959, M. W. J. Bull initiated a further diversification into wines and spirits. In 1960 SAB acquired the Stellenbosch Farmers Winery and later added Monis Wineries.
Bull retired at the end of 1964 and was replaced by Dr. Frans J. C. Cronje, an economist and lawyer with substantial experience in government. The company encountered a severe financial crisis in 1966 when Whitbread and Heineken entered the South African beer market. The most damaging market developments, however, came from government quarters as successive increases in excise duties made beer the most heavily taxed beverage per serving. Consumers began to abandon beer for wine and sorghum beer. SAB was able to reduce the effect of this crisis by increased sales of products from the Stellenbosch winery.
South African Breweries CEO Ted Sceales was instrumental in the creation in 1966 of a new subsidiary called Barsab Investment Trust, jointly held by SAB and Thomas Barlow & Sons Ltd. (later Barlow Rand), the rapidly expanding mining services group. Barsab permitted SAB and Barlow to invest in each other and pool their managerial and administrative resources. It also provided SAB with the resources needed to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. Sceales died following an auto accident in 1967, but the success of Barsab continued under the new chief executive, Dick Goss.
South African Breweries first attempted to move its legal domicile from Britain to South Africa in 1950, but was prevented from doing so by complex tax obligations to the British government. Consequently, SAB, which still derived about one-third of its income from investments in Rhodesia and Zambia, was bound to observe the British trade embargo against Rhodesia in 1967. 1. 4Reincorporated in South Africa in 1970 Parliamentary motions to permit the reincorporation of SAB in South Africa were initiated in 1968. These motions, however, did not gain approval until March 17, 1970.
On May 26, 1970, after 75 years as an English company, SAB became a de jure South African company. During the mid- to late 1960s SAB began brewing a number of new beers–some under license from foreign brewers–including Guinness, Amstel, Carling Black Label, and Rogue. The company also acquired the Old Dutch and Stag brands, as well as Whitbread in South Africa. While sales of wine and spirits continued to rise, SAB sold a number of its liquor-oriented hotels, and reorganized those that remained under a new subsidiary called the Southern Sun Hotel Corporation.
Southern Sun, which operated 50 hotels in South Africa, was formed by the merger in 1969 of the existing SAB hotel interests with those of the Sol Kerzner family. The South African government barred SAB from further investment in the liquor industry and limited its ability to invest overseas. The company then made several attempts to diversify its operations. In 1972 SAB and Barlow Rand decided to alter their collaboration and dissolve Barsab. As a result, two former Barsab holdings, the Shoe Corporation, and Afcol, South Africa’s largest furniture manufacturer, came under SAB control.
The following year, SAB acquired OK Bazaars, a large discount department store chain. Certain other investments were disposed of, however, including ventures in banking and food products. Several brewing interests attempted to challenge SAB’s dominant position in the South African market. Various German interests set up breweries in Botswana and Swaziland in a failed attempt to gain a foothold in South Africa. Louis Luyt, a South African entrepreneur, also failed, and sold his breweries to the Rembrandt Group in 1973.
The Luyt breweries, which formed the core of Rembrandt’s alcoholic beverage group, were later incorporated as Intercontinental Breweries. Determined to succeed, Rembrandt’s chairman, Dr. Anton Rupert, committed his company to a scheme of competition based on control of liquor retail outlets. In 1978 Rembrandt acquired a 49 percent share of Gilbey’s, the third largest liquor group in South Africa. The addition of Gilbey’s 100 retail outlets gave Rembrandt access to a total of 450 stores. South African Breweries responded by acquiring Union Wine, an independent liquor retailer with 24 hotels and over 50 retail outlets.
Once again, market conditions were not conducive to competition. The government, therefore, proposed a rationalization program in which SAB would take over Rembrandt’s brewing interests–giving it nearly a 99 percent market share in South Africa–and turn over its wine and spirits operations to an independent subsidiary called Cape Wine and Distillers. The program, executed in November 1979, also called for Rembrandt to turn over its Oude Meester wine and spirits operations to Cape Wines, in which SAB, Rembrandt, and the KWV wine growers cooperative each owned a 30 percent interest.
The remaining 10 percent interest was sold to private investors. Also in 1979 SAB gained a 49 percent stake in Appletiser South Africa (Pty. ) Ltd. , a producer of nonalcoholic sparkling fruit juices; full control of Appletiser was gained three years later. 1. 5Government Restrictions Leading to More Diversification: 1980s and Early 1990s By the early 1980s the South African government’s system of racial separation (apartheid) and deteriorating social conditions for blacks had become international issues.
Many business leaders openly called for change, but the government still prevented companies such as SAB from transferring capital out of South Africa through foreign investments. Often these companies had little choice but to reinvest their surplus capital in South African ventures, which in turn gave them a more crucial interest in the resolution of social and human rights problems within South Africa. Many foreign-owned companies, which faced fewer restrictions on divestment, sold their South African subsidiaries and closed their offices in South Africa. This trend made acquisitions by South African companies easier.
SAB had taken over control of Amalgamated Beverage Industries Ltd. , a Coca-Cola bottler, from the Coca-Cola Company in 1977, and later added several clothing retailers, including Scotts Stores (acquired in 1981) and the Edgars chain (added in 1982). A government order in 1979 for SAB to sell its Solly Kramer retail liquor stores was completed in 1986, five years before its deadline. Also in 1986 SAB established a joint venture with Ceres Fruit Juices to sell leading noncarbonated juice brands Ceres, Liquifruit, and Fruitee. In 1987 Murray B. Hofmeyer succeeded Cronje as chairman.
Hofmeyer and his successor, Meyer Kahn, continued to diversify through acquisition, adding Lion Match Company, the leading manufacturer of safety matches in Africa, in 1987; Da Gama Textiles Company, a leading South African textile manufacturer, in 1989; and the Plate Glass Group, a manufacturer of glass and board products, in 1992. 1. 6International Expansion in the Post-Apartheid Era The dismantling of apartheid finally began in 1990, with the unbanning of opposition political parties, including the African National Congress (ANC), and the release of political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela.
Major political changes rapidly followed. In 1991 the remaining apartheid laws were repealed. In 1992, an all-white referendum approved a new constitution that would lead to eventual free elections. Finally, in 1994, the first nationwide free elections were held and were won by the ANC, with Mandela elected president. SAB–acting largely out of self-interest given that 85 percent of the beer in South Africa was purchased by blacks–was well out in front of the political changes as it had begun to hire blacks in the early 1980s.
By 1985, 28 percent of salaried employees were black, a figure that rose to 48 percent by 1994. Nevertheless, the threat of a government-forced breakup of SAB’s beer monopoly hung over the company following the end of apartheid. Partly in response to this threat, and partly in response to the loosening of laws regarding foreign investment, the Kahn-led South African Breweries aggressively expanded outside its home country starting in 1993. That year, SAB spent $50 million for an 80 percent stake in Hungary’s largest brewer, Dreher Breweries, the first of a series of moves into the emerging markets of central Europe.
From 1995 to 1997 the company gained joint control of two of the largest breweries in Poland, Lech Brewery and Tyskie Brewery, as well as three breweries in Romania and one in Slovakia. In 1994 SAB created a joint venture with Hong Kong-based China Resources Enterprise Limited; by early 1998 this joint venture had gained majority control of five breweries in China. A third area of foreign growth for SAB was in sub-Saharan Africa, where management control was gained of breweries in Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Uganda during this period.
In August 1997 Kahn was appointed chief executive of the South African police service, becoming the first civilian to hold the post. The outspoken Kahn, who had been vocal in calling for the rapid liberalization of the economy and for a restoration of law and order, was made responsible for cracking down on a national crime epidemic. Taking over as acting chairman of SAB was Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s most prominent black capitalist and a former militant trade unionist.
By this time, South African Breweries was the world’s fourth largest brewer and had a rapidly expanding international brewing empire. The company was now free to unload its noncore businesses in order to concentrate more closely on brewing and its other beverage operations. Under Ramaphosa, it did just that. From late 1997 through early 1999 SAB divested its holdings in OK Bazaars, Afcol, Da Gama Textiles, Edgars, Lion Match, and Conshu Holdings, a footwear maker. With the mid-1999 sale of Plate Glass, SAB had trimmed its holdings down to beer, soft drinks, wine and liquor, and hotels and gaming.
The year 1999 was a pivotal year in SAB’s history for a host of other reasons as well. Seeking access to capital markets better endowed that those at home, the company in early 1999 shifted its headquarters back to London–reincorporating itself as South African Breweries plc–and moved its primary stock exchange listing from Johannesburg to London, retaining the former as a secondary listing. As part of its London listing, it raised ? 300 million to fund further international expansion. There were also changes on the management front.
Kahn returned to the chairmanship, his two-and-a-half-year stint at the police service complete; Ramaphosa remained on the board as a director. In addition, Graham Mackey, who had served as group managing director since 1997, was named chief executive in early 1999. On the international front, SAB acquired a stake in a sixth Chinese brewery in 1999 and began producing beer in Russia at Kaluga Brewing Company, which had been acquired the previous year. SAB’s two Polish breweries, Lech and Tyskie, were merged to form Kompania Piwowarska S. A.
The most important brewery transaction that year, however, occurred in October, when SAB acquired from Nomura International plc for $321 million a controlling interest in Pilsner Urquell and Radegast, two brewers in the Czech Republic that combined comprised the leader (with a 44 percent market share) in a nation whose citizens consumed more beer per capita than anyone else in the world. The crown jewel of this deal was the Pilsner Urquell brand, the most famous Czech beer and the original pilsner, first produced at a brewery in Pilsen in 1842.
SAB began laying plans to make Pilsner Urquell the company’s flagship brand outside of Africa and to seek entree into developed markets through the export of this brand. Via this acquisition, South African Breweries became the leader of the central European beer market and jumped into third place among global brewing titans. 1. 7Moving into the Developed World As SABMiller, Early 2000s SAB’s drive into emerging markets continued in the early 2000s. South African Breweries entered the Indian beer market for the first time in 2000, taking a majority stake in Narang Breweries.
Control of two more Indian brewers, Mysore Breweries and Rochees Breweries, was purchased the following year. In April 2001 SAB and the Castel group, the two largest beverage companies on the African continent, entered into a strategic alliance whereby SAB exchanged a 38 percent interest in its African division (excluding South Africa) for a 20 percent stake in Castel’s beer business. SAB thus gained a share of a wider array of African breweries, and the two partners also agreed to seek investments in new African markets via 50-50 joint ventures.
Also in 2001 SAB entered into a new joint venture in China with the Sichuan Blue Sword Breweries Group, which owned ten breweries in Sichuan province. SAB now had interests in more than two dozen Chinese breweries and had positioned itself as that nation’s number two brewer, trailing only Tsingtao. Yet another development in 2001 was that South African Breweries became the first international brewer to enter the Central American market. In November the company acquired a 97 percent stake in Cerveceria Hondurena, S.
A. , the sole brewer and the largest bottler of soft drinks (Coca-Cola) in Honduras, from the Dole Food Company Inc. for $537 million. Simultaneously, SAB and the prominent Meza family of El Salvador created a joint venture called BevCo Ltd. to which SAB contributed its new Honduran holding and the Meza family contributed the bulk of its brewing, soft drink, and bottled water businesses in El Salvador. By fiscal 2002, just eight years after its first brewing acquisition outside of Africa, 55 percent of SAB’s $4. 6 billion in revenues were derived from its non-South African operations. This figure would shoot up to an even more remarkable 75 percent just one year later following the company’s boldest move yet–its takeover of Miller Brewing Company, the number two beer maker in the world’s largest beer market, the United States, whose main brands included Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life, Miller Lite, and Milwaukee’s Best. Consummated in July 2002, the deal consisted of a stock swap with Miller’s owner, Philip Morris Companies Inc. that was valued at $3. 48 billion. SAB additionally absorbed $2 billion in Miller debt. Upon completion of the acquisition, SAB changed its name to SABMiller plc and was now the world’s number two brewer, behind only Anheuser-Busch. Philip Morris (which changed its name to Altria Group, Inc. in 2003) became the biggest SABMiller shareholder with a 36 percent economic interest and 25 percent of the voting rights (the total at which it was capped) and also gained three seats on the SABMiller board. Miller had recorded 2001 revenues of $4. 4 billion but had for some time been losing market share to the number one and number three U. S. players, Anheuser-Busch and Adolph Coors Company, respectively. SABMiller took immediate action to try to reverse Miller’s fortunes, announcing that one of Miller’s nine U. S. breweries would be closed, and bringing in a new CEO for Miller, Norman Adami, who had headed up the South African brewery operations of SABMiller. In March 2003, in a further pullback from noncore operations, SABMiller moved its entire hotel and gaming interests into a new company called Tsogo Sun
Holdings (Pty. ) Ltd. , which was to be majority controlled by black empowerment company Tsogo Investments. SABMiller held an initial 49 percent interest in the new company but said that it intended to continue to reduce its hospitality holdings. Despite having just completed the Miller acquisition, the company did not shy away from making additional purchases and deals. Early in 2003 Browar Dojlidy, a brewer in northeastern Poland, was acquired for $38 million. In June SABMiller made its first major investment in Western Europe, buying a 60 percent stake in Birra Peroni S. . A. , the number two brewing company in Italy, for EUR 246 million ($279 million). Later in 2003 Peroni ended its licensed brewing and selling of the Budweiser brand in Italy and instead started import sales of Miller Genuine Draft. Similar synergies between SABMiller’s increasingly global operations were being implemented, such as the launch of Pilsner Urquell and Miller Genuine Draft in South Africa in early 2003 and the introduction of Miller Genuine Draft into several more European countries, including Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
Over in Asia, SABMiller consolidated its operations in India under Mysore Breweries; the operations of Mysore were then consolidated with the brewing operations of Shaw Wallace and Company Limited, the second largest brewing group in India, to form a joint venture called Shaw Wallace Breweries Limited, 50 percent owned by Mysore. This deal cost SABMiller $132. 8 million. The firm spent an additional HK$675 million ($87 million) for a 29. 6 percent stake in Harbin Group Limited, China’s fourth largest brewer and the leader in that country’s northeastern region.
The SABMiller of the early 21st century, a globally active company with a sharp focus on beverages–mainly beer–was a far different company from the apartheid-era SAB, which was centered largely in South Africa where it had diversified interests. SABMiller had been built through a bold yet focused program of international expansion. It faced a real challenge, however, in turning around Miller Brewing, a process that Mackey said in late 2002 could take two to three years.
In addition to attempting to make Miller Genuine Draft an international premium brand and launching new advertising campaigns in the United States, the new owners of Miller also planned to prune the more than 57 brands in the Miller portfolio, focusing more on the higher end of the market. SABMiller’s bold moves, though clearly not yet fully realized, had the potential for a huge payoff. 2. Company Snapshot One of the world’s largest brewers, SABMiller plc has brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents.
Their wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch along with leading local brands1 such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. Six of their brands are among the top 50 in the world. They are also one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products. SABMiller is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges with a market value of ~? 21 billion (as at 25 June 2009). 2. 1Strategic priorities
The company was originally founded in South Africa in 1895. Since listing on the London Stock Exchange 10 years ago they have grown into a global operation, developing a balanced and attractive portfolio of businesses. Their markets range from developed economies such as the USA to fast-growing developing markets such as China and India. SABMiller has a clear strategic focus, at the centre of which are our four strategic priorities: Creating a balanced and attractive global spread of businesses
Our geographical spread of operations enables us to capture growth in total volumes in the developing markets, and value growth as consumers around the world trade upwards from economy to mainstream and from mainstream to premium brands. Our acquisitions in recent years have given us a wide geographical spread with good exposure to emerging markets without being over-reliant on any single region. This allows us to capture new growth in developing markets and value growth as consumers around the world trade up from economy to mainstream and premium brands.
While geographical expansion remains part of our strategy, we also look to identify and exploit opportunities for growth within our existing business portfolio. This can involve a range of activities, from entering into local joint ventures or partnerships, to buying or building breweries, to acquiring local brands to help shape a full, local, brand portfolio. Developing strong, relevant brand portfolios in the local market Our aim is to develop an attractive brand portfolio that meets consumers’ needs in each of our markets.
In many markets, because the growth is fastest at the top end, we’ve been focusing on our local premium brands, such as Cusquena Peru. Premiumisation is evident in many of our markets as consumers move up the scale from economy to mainstream and to premium beers in search of brands that offer prestige and differentiation. In many markets, growth is fastest at the top end, as shown by the increasing popularity of our international premium brands such as Peroni Nastro Azzurro and regional brands such as Kozel in Europe. Another rising consumer trend is the shift towards fragmentation.
Affluent consumers are varying their choices and becoming more interested in speciality brands, craft beers, foreign imports and other sub-divisions of the premium segment. And a third trend is the growing importance of female consumers. To address these demands, our strategy is to identify individual market dynamics and create the right mix of brands to capture opportunities and allow each brand to add value through its own distinct positioning. Constantly raising the performance of local businesses Good operational performance has always been an SABMiller strength.
While operational standards are already high we are continually striving to push them higher, as evidenced by growing EBITA on an organic, constant currency basis. EBITA margin was impacted by rising input costs which exceeded group revenue growth and cost efficiencies. In order to raise our performance, we need to become more efficient, especially in our manufacturing processes. Efficiency is part of our day-to-day management and the rise in commodity costs compels us to do whatever we can to counteract the squeeze on our margins.
All SABMiller operations strive to improve our products’ route to market, to remove costs and to ensure that the right products reach the right outlets in the right condition. To raise local performance, we’re responding to the consolidation of the retail sector by forming mutually beneficial partnerships with major retailers. Leveraging our global scale We are leveraging our global scale to grow the business. Our business platform enables us, for example, to distribute our international premium brands and build our regional brands. In addition we are using our scale to transfer skills, methods and our operational performance and efficiency.
As a global organisation we’re constantly seeking to use the benefits of our scale while recognising that beer is essentially a local business and that local managers are in the best position to identify and exploit local opportunities. Our aim is to generate maximum value and advantage from our size without becoming over-centralised and losing our relevance and responsiveness in each market. 2. 2The group at a glance 6 continents, 75 countries, more than 200 brands, 210 million hectolitres of lager, almost 70,000 employees 2. 2. 1Latin America 17 breweries, 16 bottling plants, 24 793average no. mployees Key local brands: Aguila; Atlas; Balboa; Barena; Club; Club Colombia; Costena; Cristal; Cusquena; Golden Light; Imperial; Pilsen; Pilsener; Pilsen Callao; Pilsen Trujillo; Poker; Port Royal and Salva Vida. Overview • Primary brewing and beverage operations cover six countries across South and Central America. These are Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Peru. In each of these countries they are the number one brewer by market share. • SABMiller bottles soft drinks for The Coca-Cola Company in El Salvador and Honduras, and for Pepsico International in Panama. Their regional office is located in Bogota, Colombia. 2. 2. 2Europe 23 Breweries, 15 987 average no. employees Key local brands: Arany Aszok; Dorada; Dreher; Gambrinus; Grolsch; Kozel; Lech; Peroni; Peroni Nastro Azzurro; Pilsner Urquell; Radegast; Birell; Saris; Timisoreana; Topvar; Tropical; Tyskie; Ursus; Zolotaya Bochka and Zubr Overview • The primary brewing operations cover 10 countries. These are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain (Canary Islands), The Netherlands and Ukraine. • In the majority of these countries they are the number one or two brewer by market share. SABMiller also export significant volumes to a further eight European markets of which the largest are the UK and Germany. • Regional office’s is located in Zug, Switzerland 2. 2. 3North America 8 Major Breweries, 8 643 employees as at March 2009 Key local brands: Blue Moon; Coors Banquet; Coors Light; Foster’s; Henry Weinhard’s; Icehouse; Keystone Light; Killian’s; Leinenkugel’s; MGD64; Mickey’s; Miller Chill; Miller Genuine Draft; Miller High Life; Miller Lite; Milwaukee’s Best; Molson Canadian; Old English; Sparks and Steel Reserve.
Overview • MillerCoors is a joint venture with Molson Coors Brewing Company, formed in 2008 by bringing together the US and Puerto Rico operations of both companies. • It is the second-largest brewer in the United States with nearly 30% of the US beer market. • SABMiller brands are exported to Mexico and Canada, where some are also produced under licence. • MillerCoors is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. 2. 2. 4Africa Asia 41 breweries, 14 bottling plants, 13841 average no. employees Key local brands: M; Balimi; Bluetongue; Carling Black Label; Castle Lager; Castle Milk Stout; Chibuku (sorghum beer); Club; Club Pilsner; Eagle (clear sorghum beer); Foster’s; Haywards; Indus Pride; Kilimanjaro; Knock Out; Laurentina; Maluti; Manica; Mosi; Ndovu; N’gola; Nile Special; Raiz; Royal Challenge; Safari; Snow; Stone; St Louis; Tusker and Zorok. Overview • In Africa, SABMiller’s brewing and beverage operations cover 14 countries with a further 19 covered through a strategic alliance with the Castel group. SABMiller also have associated undertakings in Kenya and Zimbabwe. In most of these countries they are the number one brewer by market share. • The group bottles soft drinks for The Coca-Cola Company in 20 of our African markets, 13 of which are through an alliance with Castel. • CR Snow, SABMiller’s partnership with China Resources Enterprise Limited, is the largest brewer in China while SABMiller India, is the second-largest brewer in India. • An operation in Vietnam, a joint venture in Australia, and export significant volumes to South Korea and Taiwan. • Regional offices are located in Johannesburg and Hong Kong. 2. 2. 5South Africa 7 Breweries, 7 bottling plants, 12184 employees
Key local brands: Brutal Fruit; Carling Black Label; Castle Lager; Castle Lite; Castle Milk Stout; Dreher; Hansa Marzen Gold; Hansa Pilsener; Redd’s; Sarita and Skelter’s Straight. Overview • The South African Breweries is the original brewing company and South Africa’s leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. • Export SABMiller brands for distribution across Namibia. • Soft drinks division is South Africa’s leading producer of products for The Coca-Cola Company. • Have hotel and gaming interests through Tsogo Sun, the largest hotel and gaming group in South Africa. Regional office is located in Johannesburg. 2. 3Operating results to 31 March 2009 2. 3. 1Contribution to group EBITA (excluding corporate costs) [pic] Highlights of full year results to 31 March 2009 • Lager volumes up 2%2 to 210 million hectolitres (hl); lager volumes on an organic basis level with prior year despite weakened consumer demand; soft drinks volumes (organic) up 5% • Organic, constant currency group revenue growth of 9%, benefiting from strong pricing • EBITA3 up 5%; reported EBITA unchanged, impacted by the strength of the US dollar Latin America delivers 11% EBITA3 growth despite slowing economies • Europe lager volumes (organic) level with prior year in either flat or declining markets; EBITA3 down 5% • North America EBITA3 up 22%; MillerCoors JV4 cost synergies ahead of schedule • Africa and Asia EBITA3 up 16%; Africa lager volumes (organic) up 5%; China’s Snow brand lager volumes up 19% to 60 million hl • South Africa lager volumes decline 2%; EBITA3 down 8% on higher input costs • Group maintains sound balance sheet with moderate leverage Products sold in the US and Puerto Rico are manufactured or imported and then sold through the MillerCoors joint venture. 2 Following the inception of the MillerCoors joint venture on 1 July 2008 the group has revised its volume definitions. Further details of these revised definitions can be found in the Definitions on page 156 of the Annual Report. 3 EBITA growth is shown on an organic, constant currency basis. 4 The MillerCoors joint venture is included, at the group’s share, in EBITA and group revenue, but is not included in revenue. 4. Key financials Financial results to 31 March 2009 US$m |March 09 |March 08 |Change % | |Group Revenue5 |25,302 |23,828 |+6 | |Revenue |18,703 |21,410 |-13 | |EBITA6 |4,129 |4,141 |0 | |EBITA margin(%) |16,3 |17,4 |-110bps | |Dividends per share7 |58,0 |58,0 |0 | | | | | | |Sales Volume(thousands hl)8 | | | | |Total |260,139 |253,719 |+3 | |Lager |210,393 |206,665 |+2 | |Soft Drinks |44,328 |42,668 |+4 | |Other alcohol beverages |5,418 |4,386 |+24 | 5 Group revenue includes the attributable share of associates’ and joint ventures’ revenue of US$6,599 million (i. e. including MillerCoors’ revenue) (2008: US$2,418 million). Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements provides a reconciliation of operating profit to EBITA which is defined as operating profit before exceptional items and amortisation of intangible assets (excluding software) but includes the group’s share of associates’ and joint ventures’ operating profit, on a similar basis. 7 2009 final dividend subject to shareholder approval at the annual general meeting. 8 Following the inception of the MillerCoors joint venture on 1 July 2008 the group has revised its volume definitions. Further details of these revised definitions can be found in the Definitions on page 156 of the Annual Report 3. Financial Statements of SABMiller plc 3. 1Consolidated Income Statement for year ended 31 March |2009 |2008 | | |US$m |US$m | |Revenue |18,703 |21,410 | |Net operating expenses |(15,555) |(17,962) | | | | | |Operating profit |3,148 |3,448 | |Operating profit before exceptional items |3,146 |3,560 | |Exceptional items |2 |(112) | | | | | |Net finance costs |(706) |(456) | |Interest payable and similar changes |(1,301) |(721) | |Interest receivable and similar income |595 |265 | | | | | |Share of post-tax resultsbof associates and joint ventures |516 |272 | | | | | |Profit before taxation |2,958 |3. 64 | |Taxation |(801) |(976) | |Profit for the financial year |2,157 |2,288 | | | | | |Profit attributable to minority interests |276 |265 | |Profit attributable to equity shareholders |1,881 |2,023 | | |2,157 |2,288 | |Basic earnings per share(US cents) |125. 2 |134. 9 | |Diluted earnings per share(US cents) |124. 7 |134. 2 | 3. 2Consolidated Balance Sheet at 31 March |2009 |2008 | | |US$m |US$m | |Assets | | | |Non-current assets | | | |Goodwill |8,734 |15,133 | |Intangible assets |3,729 |5,036 | |Property, plant and equipment |7,404 |9,113 | |Investment in joint ventures |5,495 |- | |Investments in associates |1,787 |1,286 | |Available for sale investments 29 |53 | |Derivative financial instruments |695 |208 | |Trade and other receivables |125 |237 | |Deferred tax assets |161 |341 | | |28,159 |31,947 | |Current Assets | | | |Inventories |1,242 |1,362 | |Trade and other receivables |1,576 |1,865 | |Current tax assets |168 |190 | |Derivative financial instruments |54 |45 | |Available for sale investments |11 |- | |Cash and cash equivalents |409 |673 | | |3,460 |4,135 | |Total assets |31,619 |36,082 | | | | | |Liabilities | | | |Current liabilities | | | |Derivative financial instruments |(35) |(34) | |Borrowings |(2,148) |(2,062) | |Trade and other payables |(2,396) |(3,307) | |Current tax liabilities |(463) |(504) | |Provisions (299) |(314) | | |(5,314) |(6,257) | |Non-current liabilities | | | |Derivative financial instruments |(107) |(497) | |Borrowings |(7,470) |(7,596) | |Trade and other payables |(186) |(338) | |Deferred tax liabilities |(2,029) |(1,949) | |Provisions |(373) |(1,201) | | |(10,165) |(11,201) | |Total liabilities |(15,506) |(17,838) | |Net assets |16,113 |18,224 | |Equity | | | |Share capital |159 |158 | |Share premium |6,198 |6,176 | |Merger relief reserve |3,395 |3,395 | |Other reserves |(873) |2,215 | |Retained earnings |6,496 |5,601 | |Total shareholders’ Equity |15,375 |17,545 | |Minority interest in equity |738 |699 | |Total equity |16,113 |18,244 | 3. 3Consolidated Cash flow statement for the year ended 31 March |2009 |2008 | | |US$m |US$m | | | | | |Cash flows from operating activities | | | |Cash generated from operations |3,671 |4,276 | |Interest received |275 |228 | |Interest paid |(997) |(730) | |Tax paid |(766) |(969) | |Net cash from operating activities |2,183 |2,805 | | | | | |Cash flows from investing activities | | | |Purchase of property, plant and equipment |(2,073) |(1,978) | |Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment |75 |110 | |Purchase of intangible assets |(74) |(59) | |Purchase of available for sale investments |(14) |- | |Proceeds from disposal of available for sale investments |4 |5 | |Proceeds from disposal of business |119 |71 | |Proceeds from disposal of associate |- |2 | |Acquisition of subsidiaries (net of cash acquired) |(269) |(1,284) | |Overdraft disposed with subsidiaries 2 |- | |Cash disposed with business |(4) |- | |Purchase of shares from minorities |(5) |(49) | |Investment in Joint ventures |(397) |- | |Investment in associates |(4) |(179) | |Repayment of investments by associates |3 |- | |Dividends received from joint ventures |454 |- | |Dividends received from associates |151 |91 | |Dividends received from other investments |1 |1 | |Net cash used in investing activities |(2,031) |(3,269) | | | | | |Cash flows from financing activities | | | |Proceeds from the issue of shares |23 |39 | |Purchase of own shares for share trusts |(37) |(33) | |Proceeds from borrowings |4,960 |6,492 | |Repayments of borrowings |(4,096) |(5,038) | |Capital element of finance lease payments |(1) |(7) | |Net cash payments on net investment hedges |(12) |(16) | |Dividends paid to shareholder of the parent |(877) |(769) | |Dividends paid to minority interests |(217) |(197) | |Net cash (used)/generated in financing activities (257) |471 | |Net cash(outflow)/inflow from operating, investing and financing activities |(105) |7 | |Effects of exchange rate changes |26 |(113) | |Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents |(79) |(106) | |Cash and cash equivalents at 1 April |188 |294 | |Cash and cash equivalents 31 March |109 |188 | 4.
SABMiller, Making the difference Over the past 20 years they have grown rapidly from their original South African base into a global operation, developing a balanced and attractive portfolio of businesses. Their business also supports thousands of people working for their suppliers, distributors and customers. In 2007/08 their turnover was US$21,410 million with earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) of US$4,141 million. This in turn generates many millions of dollars in tax and other revenue for governments, which can then be invested back into the community, making a difference for all those living in the markets in which we operate.
Their shareholders have also seen the value SABMiller plc can add, with their share price showing significant growth, largely outperforming SABMiller plc competitors. Market ranges from developed economies such as the USA, to fast-growing emerging markets such as China and India. This has enabled SABMiller plc to invest in great employees – with almost 70,000 people employed by the group. At SABMiller, they believe consumers should make informed decisions about alcohol based on accurate and balanced information. SABMiller plc believe consumers are in the best position to judge the personal risks and benefits of drinking alcohol and SABMiller plc wants the customer to be fully informed on these issues. They recently launched www.
Talkingalcohol. com – the groups alcohol responsibility website. This site provides a comprehensive guide to alcohol – from how it’s made to how it impacts the body. By providing consumers with this unique and easy to understand guide from grain to glass to metabolism, SABMiller plc aim to encourage consumers to make informed choices and drink responsibly. The website has been launched in English and in the coming months will be available in other languages including Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Russian. A recent study has proven just how much their South African business, SAB Ltd, makes a difference to employment and the economy.
The study, conducted by the Bureau for Economic Research, shows SAB employs around 8,780 workers, 75% of whom are from previously disadvantaged groups. Their operations also support around 48,000 jobs at SAB’s first round suppliers. When you consider all jobs directly or indirectly traced back to the production and sale of their products, the number is a staggering 378,000 full time jobs – or 3% of total employment in South Africa. They also make a significant financial contribution through taxes derived directly from the production and sale of their products. This was US$1. 3billion in 2006, mostly from excise tax on beer sales. Tax revenues from the indirect and induced impacts of SAB’s operations on other industries in the economy amounted to US$3. billion, or 5% of total government tax revenue in 2006. SABMiller plc also invests large amounts in corporate social investment activities, innovative black economic empowerment initiatives and responsible alcohol use campaigns. It all adds up to a significant impact on South Africa and its people. SABMiller plc businesses are keen to realise the financial and environmental benefits of reducing the amount of water needed to produce beer. In the early 1990s, at their Colombian business, Bavaria, they used 11 litres of water in order to produce one litre of beer, but today they require 4. 6 litres of water to producethe same amount – and they are committed to going further.
Bavaria, like all our businesses, encourages good environmental management practices, including water re-utilisation and technological improvement. This includes training for all employees to generate environmental awareness within their operations. SABMiller plc also work hard to control leaks and avoid waste in cleaning. Water re-utilisation reuses treated liquid for operations such as cleaning floors, washing boxes and irrigation. In the technological field, we regularly replace equipment (such as bottle washers and pasteurisers) to further optimise water and energy use. SABMiller’s investment and experience has enabled regional breweries with iconic brands to flourish on the national and international stage.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro is an integral part of their global premium portfolio and now supplies 49 countries. In the next two years, Peroni volumes and exports are expected to continue to grow significantly, and the brand will be available in 26 new countries by 2012. In the Czech Republic, Plzensky Prazdroj, brewer of Pilsner Urquell, is now the largest single beer exporter and the recipient of many awards. SABMiller plc’s significant investment into export capabilities, and in packaging, have increased volumes by over 60% since 2001, with over 128 million bottles and cans distributed globally in 2007. On the national stage, substantial investment in Colombia’s premium brand, Club Colombia, has also delivered demonstrable success.
The brand was extensively repositioned in a growing premium segment, and the brand has achieved sustained growth rates every month since its re-launch. In Peru, the Cusquena brand was also extensively re-launched with a new design reflecting a premium positioning, It has since received a number of national and global accolades. One of the priorities at SABMiller is to promote enterprise development within the communities in which they operate. One such programme, KickStart, began in South Africa in 1995, and has empowered more than 22,000 young people here business training. The Botswana business has also launched their own KickStart programme, training 47 entrepreneurs over the past four years.
At Bavaria in Colombia, their ‘Destapa Futuro’ (Uncover theFuture) programme benefits 60 young people each year, providing cash grants, training and mentoring to help them establish or develop a business. The programme aims to generate 30,000 new jobs in 10 years. In Hungary, Dreher Breweries runs an annual competition to select the Young Entrepreneur of the Future. Three winners each year receive a grant as well as advice in running their business. Our US business, MillerCoors, offers public seminars under the Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series. This programme has also awarded nearly US$1 million in grant money to viable businesses. Although the Indian market is very different to other markets, SABMiller has been able to transfer globally developed skills, prog