• Latest News

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    Heineken Benefits from Strong Tiger Beer Sales During First Half 2019

    Heineken was boosted by increased sales of its Tiger and Amstel beers in the first half of the year as the Dutch brewer saw its net revenue grow by 5.6% on an organic basis.
    Net revenue for this six months to the end of June was €11.45 billion, while operating profit grew by 0.3% on a like-for-like basis to €1.78 billion.

    Amsterdam, 29 July 2019 – Heineken announces:
    • Net revenue (beia) organic growth +5.6%; net revenue (beia) per hectolitre +3.0%
    • Consolidated beer volume +3.1%
    • Heineken® volume +6.9%
    • Operating profit (beia) organic growth +0.3%, full-year expectation unchanged
    • Operating profit (beia) margin 15.6% (-47 bps)1
    • Net profit (beia) €1,054 million, -1.2% organically
    • Diluted EPS (beia) €1.84 (2018 restated: €1.86)1.
    Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board/CEO, commented:
    “Top-line performance was again strong in the first half of 2019, with organic net revenue growth across all regions and double-digit growth in the Asia Pacific as well as Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.  Revenue per hectolitre increased 3%, while volume growth in the second quarter was negatively impacted by weather in Europe and World Cup comparables from last year. The Heineken® brand grew by 6.9%, with Heineken® 0.0 now available in 51 markets.
    Operating profit (beia) was stable as the impact of the strong top-line performance was largely offset by input cost inflation, whilst we increased our investment in e-commerce and technology upgrades. For the full year, we continue to anticipate our operating profit (beia) to grow by mid-single-digit on an organic basis.
    Our partnership with CRE became effective at the end of April and we are pleased to have now joined forces to win in the fast-growing Chinese premium beer market.
    Our strategic focus continues to be growth-oriented with an ever-increasing emphasis on the sustainability of this growth, both socially and environmentally. We invest in innovation and operational excellence so our consumers enjoy our brands and we exceed our customers’ expectations, whilst seeking productivity improvements and constantly reassessing our spending behaviour.”
    BEIA Measures

    € millionOrganic growth3 IFRS Measures€ millionTotal growth
    Revenue (beia)13,597 5.3% Revenue13,597 5.9%
    Net revenue (beia)11,446 5.6% Net revenue11,443 6.0%
    Operating profit (beia)1,781 0.3% Operating profit1,648 13.1%
    Operating profit (beia) margin115.6%     
    Net profit (beia)1,054 -1.2% Net profit936 -1.4%
    Diluted EPS (beia) (in €)1.84 -0.8% Diluted EPS (in €)1.64 -1.2%
    Free operating cash flow578    
    Net debt / EBITDA (beia)4      2.9x    
    Last year restated for IAS 37. Please refer to page 25 for more details.
    Consolidated figures are used throughout this report unless otherwise stated; please refer to the Glossary for an explanation of non-GAAP measures and other terms used throughout this report.
    Organic growth is shown, except for Diluted EPS (beia) which is total growth. The impact from IFRS 16 is reflected on all metrics but is excluded from the organic growth calculation.
    Includes acquisitions, excludes disposals and includes first time impact of IFRS 16 on a 12-month Pro-forma basis.
    For 2019, we expect the following:
    • Continued volatility in economic conditions
    • Superior top-line growth driven by volume, price and premiumisation
    • Mid-single digit increase of input and logistics costs per hectolitre
    • Continued cost management initiatives and productivity improvements, together with investment in e-commerce and technology upgrades.
    Given this, we expect operating profit (beia) to grow by mid-single-digit on an organic basis, excluding any major unforeseen macroeconomic and political developments.
    We now also anticipate:
    • An average interest rate (beia) slightly below last year (2018: 3.2%)
    • An effective tax rate (beia) around 28% (2018 restated: 26.3%)
    • Capital expenditure related to property, plant and equipment slightly above €2 billion (2018: €1.9 billion).
    The top-line performance was strong in the first six months of 2019, well balanced between price mix and volume growth. Net revenue per hectolitre (beia) grew in all regions, driven by premiumisation and pricing.
    Net revenue (beia) grew 5.6% organically over the first six months of 2019, supported by a 3.0% increase in net revenue (beia) per hectolitre and a 2.5% increase in total consolidated volumes. The underlying price mix on a constant geographic basis was +3.5%.
    Consolidated beer volume grew 3.1% organically in the first half. In the second quarter, it was up 2.1%, with Asia Pacific accelerating to double-digit growth. In Europe, the quarter was off to a good start in April given the timing of Easter but was later dampened by bad weather and a challenging comparable.

    Heineken N.V.63.4 62.2 2.1%116.1 112.7 3.1%
    Africa Middle East &  Eastern Europe11.4 10.7 6.5%21.6 20.1 7.1%
    Americas20.9 20.4 2.7%40.7 39.6 2.9%
    Asia Pacific7.7 7.2 12.5%15.1 14.1 10.4%
    Europe23.4 23.9 -3.4%38.7 38.9 -1.5%
    Heineken® volume increased 6.9% organically over the first half, with growth in all regions. The brand grew double digit in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Nigeria, UK, Portugal, Germany and Romania among others. Heineken® 0.0, now available in 51 markets, continues to gain traction.
    Heineken® volume
    (in mhl)
    Heineken® volume10.4 5.7%19.4 6.9%
    Africa Middle East &  Eastern Europe1.8 14.8%3.3 15.1%
    Americas3.2 14.4%6.2 12.6%
    Asia Pacific1.2 -1.4%2.7 0.8%
    Europe4.3 -0.6%7.2 1.7%
    The international brand portfolio grew high-single digit, driven by the double digit growth of Tiger and Amstel. Tiger performed strongly in Vietnam and more than doubled its volume in Cambodia, whilst Amstel grew strongly in Brazil, South Africa, Russia and the UK and benefited from the national roll-out of Amstel Ultra in Mexico.
    Cider volume rose 2.1% organically to 2.6 million hectolitres. Volume increased double digit outside the UK, with strong growth in South Africa, Russia, Vietnam and Spain. In the UK, volume declined high-single digit still outperforming the market. Cider is now locally produced in 14 markets, including Vietnam and Mexico.
    Low & No-Alcohol (LONO) volume increased high-single digit, delivering 6.9 million hectolitres (2018: 6.3 million). Heineken® 0.0 was a key driver of this growth. 48 of our brands now have non-alcoholic line extensions. The Zero Zone, which provides dedicated shelf-space in the off-trade for our non-alcoholic portfolio, is deployed in 20 markets across Europe and Russia. Malt volumes in Nigeria grew high-single digit.
    Craft & Variety volume grew low-single digit driven by our local craft propositions.  Affligem grew double digit driven by France and the Netherlands. Lagunitas is now available in more than 25 markets with an encouraging performance.
    In addition to developing new products and categories, innovation at HEINEKEN further includes draught systems technology and new ways to engage with our customers and consumers. A few examples:
    • The Blade, our counter-top draught system for small outlets introduced in late 2017, is now available in 22 markets with a range of 26 brands.
    • Digital business-to-business platforms are being deployed faster and wider, and at the end of June were operational in 12 markets.
    • Several business-to-consumer platforms are being tested and deployed. Beerwulf, our on-line beer store in Europe, and Drinkies, our home delivery beer service, have been deployed in 11 and five markets respectively. 
    We continue to deploy our BASE programme in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean, standardising core business processes supported by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and making HEINEKEN more agile and efficient. To date 11 operations are live.
    We have also launched a business transformation programme in Europe, with the objective to meet the evolving needs of our customers and win with them in a more digitally connected world. The transformation involves an upgrade of our financial systems and will deliver a new transactional backbone for Europe. 
    Operating profit (beia) grew 0.3% organically, as the benefit of the strong top-line growth was largely offset by input cost inflation, higher investments in e-commerce and technology upgrades and the phasing of expenses.
    We continue to make steady progress against our Brewing a Better World targets. In March 2019 we launched our 2030 'Every Drop' water vision and our breweries operating in water-stressed areas are now developing a roadmap towards healthier watersheds. We introduced new projects to increase local sourcing in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Sierra Leone. In Ethiopia and South Africa we are working with suppliers to expand malting capacity to process local barley. We now have 12 biomass facilities operational after successfully completing projects at the Itu brewery in Brazil and the Schladming brewery in Austria.
    Net profit (beia) decreased 1.2% organically to €1,054 million (2018 restated: €1,059 million), as operating profit (beia) growth was more than offset by higher income taxes.
    The impact of exceptional items and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (eia) on net profit was €118 million (2018 restated: €110 million).
    Net profit after exceptional items and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles was €936 million (2018 restated: €949 million).
    In accordance with its dividend policy, HEINEKEN fixes the interim dividend at 40% of the total dividend of the previous year. As a result, an interim dividend of €0.64 per share (2018: €0.59) will be paid on 8 August 2019. The shares will trade ex-dividend on 31 July 2019.
    Using spot rates as of 24 July 2019 for the remainder of this year, the calculated positive currency translational impact would be approximately €100 million at operating profit (beia), and €60 million at net profit (beia).
    • Blogger Comments
    • Facebook Comments


    Item Reviewed: Heineken Benefits from Strong Tiger Beer Sales During First Half 2019 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: BrandIconImage
    Scroll to Top