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ECONOMY

ThaiBev earns over US$100 million in net profit after Sabeco investment

Updated at Tuesday, 06 Nov 2018, 15:47
The Hanoitimes - The amount did not include the 35% of prepayment of 2018 dividends or VND2.24 trillion (US$96.49 million) that ThaiBev is expected to receive in the remaining months of 2018.
Six months since ThaiBev acquired a major stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco), Vietnam’s leading brewer contributed VND20.32 trillion (US$875.19 million) in revenue and net profit of VND2.36 trillion (US$101.64 million) to Thailand’s beverage producer. 
 
Illustrative photo.
Illustrative photo.
The amount did not include the 35% of prepayment of 2018 dividends or VND2.24 trillion (US$96.49 million) that ThaiBev is expected to receive in the remaining months of 2018, VnExpress cited ThaiBev's financial statement as saying. 

Thanks to positive business performance of Sabeco and its affiliates, ThaiBev – controlled by tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi – posted net revenue from sales of goods in the January – June period at VND122.37 trillion (US$5.27 billion), up 22% year-on-year.

Of the total, sales of liquor products amounted to VND82.44 trillion (US$3.55 billion), contributing 67.36% of the total revenue, followed by beer products with 40% of revenue, equivalent to VND69.78 trillion (US$3 billion). 

According to ThaiBev, while the beer consumption in the Southeast Asia has been slowing down, Sabeco still maintains an impressive growth rate. 

Last December, the Vietnamese government sold nearly 54% stake or 343.42 million shares in Sabeco to ThaiBev through its local unit Vietnam Beverage for US$4.89 billion. ThaiBev secured the fund necessary for the deal by borrowing US$3.05 billion from local banks, including Bangkok Bank, Kasikornbank Public, Krung Thai Bank, Bank of Ayudhya, and Siam Commercial Bank, with two-year terms. 

BeerCo, ThaiBev’s wholly-owned subsidiary, also borrowed US$1.95 billion from Mizuho Bank and Standard Chartered Bank’s Singapore branch to help finance the deal. 

In 2017, Sabeco alone produced 1.77 billion liters of beer, an increase of 6.6% year-on-year, while the second largest domestic brewer, Habeco (18% market share), brewed 657.6 million liters, down 6.5%.
Ngoc Mai
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