SABMiller Today
 

SABMiller's strategy is to:

  • Drive volume and productivity
  • Optimise and expand its existing positions through acquisition
  • Seek value-adding opportunities to enhance its position as a
    global brewer
  • Grow its brands in the international premium beer segment

Achieve profitable growth as a leading player in the global beer market

         
         

North America

Total number of breweries
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)
Lager
Carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)
Average number of employees

 

9
63,800

33,852*
55*
4,559*

 
Turnover US$3,473m*
EBITA US$250m*#
SAB plc acquired 100% of Miller Brewing Company, the second largest brewer in the United States of America, from Altria Group, Inc. (formerly Philip Morris Companies Inc.) in July 2002. Following this acquisition, the group changed its name to SABMiller plc.
 
*Nine months
#Pre-exceptional items
 

Central America

Total number of breweries
Total number of bottling plants
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s)
Total bottling capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)
– Lager
– CSDs
– Other beverages
Average number of employees

 

3
6
2,700
12,200

1,747
6,257
2,499
7,374

  Turnover US$514m
EBITA US$56m#

In November 2001, SABMiller formed Bevco with CAB, a holding company for the beverage interests of a prominent local family consortium. CAB contributed to Bevco its interest in the largest brewer and soft drinks bottler (Coca-Cola) in El Salvador. Simultaneously, SABMiller entered the Honduran market through the acquisition of Cerveceria Hondurena, and contributed this to Bevco.

#Pre-exceptional items

 
Europe
 
Total number of breweries
Total number of bottling plants
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s)
Total bottling capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)
– Lager
Average number of employees


18
1
35,700
200

24,472 8,959
 
Turnover US$1,646m
EBITA US$275m
SABMiller entered Europe through its purchase of Dreher in Hungary in 1993, and since then has developed through acquisition and organic growth, most recently by taking a majority stake in Birra Peroni in June 2003. The group now has operations in eight countries and is one of the largest brewers in Europe.
 

Africa

Total number of breweries
Total number of bottling plants
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s)
Total bottling capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)**
– Lager
– CSDs
– Other beverages
Average number of employees**

 

44*
10
18,900
5,200

31,332
4,206
9,920
7,305

 
Turnover US$1,209m**
EBITA US$233m**
SABMiller Africa and the Castel Group entered into a strategic alliance in April 2001 for their operations in Africa (excluding South Africa and Namibia). This strategic alliance is a long-term relationship, which will enhance the development of both groups' beer and beverage businesses.
 
*Includes 30 commercial sorghum breweries.
Castel breweries not included.
**Africa & Asia figures combined
 

Asia

Total number of breweries
Total number of bottling plants
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s)
Total bottling capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)*
– Lager
– CSDs
– Other beverages
Average number of employees

 

41
2
43,100
4,000

31,332
4,206
9,920 7,305*

 
Turnover US$1,209m*
EBITA US$233m*
SABMiller has operated in China since 1994 through China Resources Breweries (CRB), a joint venture agreement with China Resources Enterprise (CRE). SABMiller owns 49% and CRE owns 51% of CRB.
SABMiller entered India in 2000. In May 2003 it announced a joint venture through its subsidiary Mysore Breweries with Shaw Wallace and Company Limited. Mysore will hold 50% of Shaw Wallace Breweries Limited and exercise management control. Shaw Wallace will hold the remaining 50%.
*Africa & Asia figures combined
 

Beer South Africa

Total number of breweries
Total brewing capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)
Average number of employees

 

7
30,800
24,428
5,424

 
Turnover US$1,270m
EBITA US$338m
Established in 1895, The South African Breweries Ltd has a long history of success, growing to become one of South Africa's leading companies, and one that is recognised and admired around the world for its uncompromising commitment to brewing excellence.
 

Other Beverage Interests

Total number of bottling plants
Total bottling capacity (hls 000s)
Total volumes sold (hls 000s)
Average number of employees

 

10
17,500
12,489
4,163

 
Turnover US$788m
EBITA US$120m
Consists of Amalgamated Beverage Industries Ltd (ABI), the largest bottler and distributor of the Coca-Cola range of carbonated products within South Africa; Appletiser, the international producer of non-alcoholic sparkling fruit juices; and a 30% equity accounted interest in Distell, the leading South African distributor of wines and spirits.
   
  Notes:
1. The above facts provide basic data and figures about the geographical operating areas of SABMiller plc.
2.
Current (as at 9 June 2003) figures are shown regarding number of breweries, bottling plants and brewing or bottling capacities.
Total volumes sold, average numbers of employees, turnover and EBITA figures are for the financial year ended
31 March 2003.
3.
Employee figures exclude employees of associates.
4. Total average number of employees excludes Hotels and Gaming and group employees.