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AB Inbev Financial Analysis

Reason for Choosing Anheuser-Busch InBev

When trying to decide which company to financially look over, it was important to have selected a company with which there was interest. After much brainstorming, I decided to take a break from thinking about school and went to the local pub. At this point, the focus of the paper dawned on me: alcohol! After this revelation, I decided to select one of the pillars of the United States beer industry: Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Company Background, 1852 - 2007

Anheuser-Busch’s roots trace back to a Bavarian brewery established in 1852 by George Schneider. The brewery wasn't overly successful and Schneider often struggled to make ends meet. In 1860, a wealthy German soap manufacturer, Eberhard Anheuser, purchased the brewery and renamed it Anheuser & Co. In 1864, his son-in-law, Adolphus Busch, would join the company and give way to Anheuser-Busch.

The first few years of the company’s operations were incredibly demanding, yielding low profits, but Adolphus was poised to see the company succeed. He was the first U.S. brewer to use pasteurization to keep beer fresh, to use artificial refrigeration and refrigerated railroad cars, and the first to bottle beer extensively. His passion for, and commitment to, excellence provided a legacy for those who followed to emulate, and the high standards he implemented have been strictly adhered by each succeeding generation.

Some of the highlights of the company’s history include the introduction of Budweiser in 1876. Today, Budweiser and Bud Light are considered to be two of the most popular beers in the United States and are nearly always available at any bar or restaurant that serves alcohol. In 1896, Michelob was introduced. Michelob is one of the more popular beers in the United States. As of 1901, the company was distributing one million barrels annually. In 1959, Busch Gardens, a theme park, was opened in Tampa Bay with many more to follow. In 1986, Anheuser-Busch broke the one billion barrel mark of beer brewed since the company’s founding. In 1989, Anheuser-Busch purchased SeaWorld. In 2003, Bud Light became the best-selling beer in the United States. The largest change in the company, however, had yet to occur.

Merger with InBev, 2008 – Present

On June 12, 2008, the Brazilian-Belgian brewing company, InBev, proposed a $46 billion buyout offer to Anheuser-Busch. Upon Anheuser-Busch’s acceptance of buyout terms, InBev laid off over 1,400 employees, eliminated executive assistants and private secretaries to senior management, sold the company’s contingent of corporate jets, and reduced the salaries of many salaried workers among a slew of other radical changes. The merger, however, made Anheuser-Busch InBev the highest-grossing beer company in the entire world. Anheuser-Busch InBev produces the three most popular beers in the world: Budweiser, Bud Light, and Skol. Now that’s what we call dominating a market.

Headquarters and Various Branches

Anheuser-Busch InBev is headquartered in Belgium, but the company has offices in 18 different countries, including: Canada, Cuba, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, China, and Singapore.

Products

Anheuser-Busch InBev has dozens of different alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, but the most popular are listed below:

Bud Light – introduced in 1982, the superior drinkability and refreshing flavor of Bud Light have made it the world’s best selling beer.

Budweiser – brewed and sold since 1876, Budweiser leads the U.S. premium beer category.

Michelob Ultra – this beer’s recipe is one of the most complex in Anheuser Busch’s repertoire, and it is easily one of their most popular beverages.

Shock Top Belgian White – an unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale, which is naturally cloudy (and best served with a orange garnish).

Busch Lite – introduced in 1989, this is an American-style light lager (that is hugely popular with the college crowd).

Becks – brewed in Germany, Beck’s is made in accordance with the “Reinheitsgebot,” the German Purity Law of 1516. It’s brewed using only top-quality barley, hand-selected hops, and glacier water.

Stella Artois – brewed using only the finest natural ingredients, and the flavor is best unlocked in the signature Stella Artois glass.

O’Douls – introduced in 1990, this beer contains less than 0.5% alcohol per volume and is marketed toward those who want the taste Anheuser-Busch beer in a non-alcoholic form.

Conclusion

All-in-all, Anheuser-Busch InBev is in great financial shape. Net income is growing, key expenses are decreasing, the earnings per share are great, inventory is turned over in 5 days, and it appears that Anheuser-Busch Inbev is doing all the right things to maintain their global dominance on the brewing industry. Another key point is the shedding of $10 billion of debt from 2008 to 2009. This was approximately an 8.5% decrease of total liabilities, all the while net income and retained earnings are on the rise.

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