SABMiller plc announces investment in high growth Vietnamese beer market
13 January 2006
SABMiller plc (“SABMiller”) announces that it has entered into a joint venture with Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (“Vinamilk”) to establish a greenfield brewery in the Binh Duong province in southern Vietnam, subject to certain conditions being fulfilled.
Under the terms of the agreement, SABMiller and Vinamilk will each hold a 50% interest in the joint venture investment vehicle, for which the total initial investment capital will be US$ 45 million. SABMiller’s share of the investment will be settled in cash from existing resources.
The initial capacity of the brewery, which is expected to be operational by 2007, will be 500k hectolitres, with the ability to expand production to 1 million hectolitres. Such expansion would be funded from operating cashflows.
Vinamilk is a widely recognised and successful company in Vietnam, and with an estimated 70% market share in milk and related products and beverages, is the national market leader in this sector, with a strong distribution network throughout Vietnam.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry estimates that the beer market in Vietnam has grown from 13 million hectolitres in 2003 to 15 million hectolitres in 2005. The Vietnamese beer market is one of the fastest growing beer markets in the world and is considered to have favourable future prospects. The transaction reflects SABMiller’s continued strategy to enter high growth developing beer markets.
The joint venture will initially focus on developing a Vietnamese mainstream brand which will be complemented by a premium brand from the SABMiller portfolio of international brands. The joint venture will firstly concentrate on serving the local market in southern Vietnam, but plans to expand nationally in due course.
André Parker, SABMiller’s Africa & Asia managing director, commented:
“We are delighted to have reached agreement with Vinamilk to enter the high growth Vietnamese beer market. Vinamilk has an extensive distribution network, which will give us access to more than 20,000 outlets in southern Vietnam which retail beer. We believe that the combination of both parties' expertise will result in a very successful venture".
Mai Kieu Lien, Vinamilk’s general director, commented:
“With SABMiller’s experience in beer markets and Vinamilk’s knowledge of Vietnam, we believe that the joint venture will be extremely successful and will make a considerable contribution to our society.”
Notes to editors
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five continents. The group’s brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market leading local brands. Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.
In the year ended 31 March 2005, the group reported US$2,194 million pre-tax profit and a turnover of US$14,543 million on a UK GAAP basis. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
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Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (“Vinamilk”)
Vinamilk is the leader in the Vietnamese dairy products market, with its distribution network in all of the 64 provinces of Vietnam. The company has been voted first in the “Top Ten Vietnamese High-quality Goods” survey by consumers since 1995.
Vinamilk has achieved growth of over 20% in recent years. In 2005 the company generated US$355 million turnover and an after-tax profit of US$38 million.
Vinamilk is scheduled to list on the Ho Chi Minh City securities exchange before the end of January 2006.
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