SABMiller plc’s Strong Perfomance In Emerging Markets Leads To Revenue Increase

Claive Vidiz whisky collectionThe shares of SABMiller (LSE: SAB) (NASDAQOTH: SBMRY.US) fell 1.87% to 3037p this morning, which follows its interim management statement for the group’s third quarter ended 31 December 2013. In the trading update it was revealed that net producer revenue is up 4%.

The brewer is expanding globally, with a focus on doing business in emerging markets, where new consumers are targeted for its affordable products. Many of the company’s 200 brands are market specific with consumers having strong brand loyalty to to the likes of Grolsch and Castle.

Total beverage volumes grew by 2%. Larger volumes were up 1% and soft drinks volumes increased by 7%.

The chief executive commented that:

“The combination of pricing and volume growth, particularly in Africa, Latin America and China, supported net producer revenue growth of four percent. This was in spite of continued weakness in consumer sentiment, which particularly impacted our European and North American businesses.”

SABMiller is a company with a premium valuation and has a forward P/E rating of a little over 18, which we could see compressed in the years to come.

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> Mark does not own shares in SABMiller.