Carlsberg To Buy Out Cambodian Brewery, Posts Upbeat Quarterly Sales
Danish brewer Carlsberg has reported third quarter sales that have topped forecasts thanks to a strong performance in Asia and said that it had agreed to buy the rest of a Cambodian brewery that it does not already own.
The world's third-biggest brewer said that it has agreed to buy the remaining 25% stake in Cambrew brewery in Cambodia, one of the country's largest, and will seek to rejuvenate its largest beer brand, Angkor Premium Beer.
"The business environment in Cambodia is a substantial task and it requires significant market investments, time and patience," Carlsberg's chief financial officer Heine Dalsgaard said in a conference call.
Carlsberg did not disclose the price of the stake, but Dalsgaard said that the price was similar to what it paid for a 25% stake in the Cambodian brewery last year, which, according to its annual report, was 1.35 billion Danish crowns ($201.85 million).
Carlsberg's sales in the third quarter came in at 18.5 billion Danish crowns ($2.76 billion), above the 18.2 billion forecast by the 22 analysts in a poll compiled by Carlsberg.
Its price mix, which indicates whether the company sold more of its expensive beer, was 4%.
"We're pleased that we've been able to deliver solid revenue growth for the quarter despite tough comparables from last year," chief executive Cees 't Hart said in the statement.
The company did not disclose earnings figures and maintained its annual profit outlook, but said that a positive currency impact on operating profit was now seen at around 150 million crowns, up from 100 million previously.