Baltic Beverages Invest AB (BBI, Sweden) will buy 12.583 million shares of PrJSC Carlsberg Ukraine (Zaporizhia), one of the largest brewing companies of Ukraine, within the framework of squeeze-out for UAH 14.7 per share.
According to the report in the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission, this price is defined as the market value of shares as of March 25, 2019. Thus, the total amount of the repurchase of 12.6 million shares of Carlsberg (1.2% of the total number of shares) will be about UAH 185 million.
As reported, Baltic Beverages Invest AB at the end of March 2019 announced its intention to exercise the right to compulsory redemption of shares from the minority shareholders of PrJSC Carlsberg Ukraine.
Carlsberg Ukraine in 2018 increased its net profit by 1.5 times compared with 2017, to UAH 1.634 billion.
Carlsberg Ukraine is part of Carlsberg Group, one of the leading brewing groups in the world, whose products are sold in more than 150 countries.
Carlsberg Group in Ukraine includes three breweries in Zaporizhia, Kyiv, and Lviv.
The Ukrainian beer market has stopped falling and stabilized first in the nine years, Carlsberg Ukraine Director General Yevhen Shevchenko has said.
“According to our internal assessment, the Ukrainian beer market for the first time in nine years has stopped its decline and stabilized. The facilities of Carlsberg Ukraine are not loaded in full, so we focus not only on the beer market, but also on the development of cider and non-alcoholic portfolio – kvass and other drinks,” he told Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, the general director said that the company’s production capacities are sufficient for all categories of goods.
Shevchenko said that there has been a trend towards the growth of premium and super-premium segments in the past three years, but still about 70% of the market is occupied by medium- and low-price segments of beer.
“Carlsberg plans to develop all brands of the portfolio, meeting the demand. This year the company has already managed to launch two new products: Robert Doms Golden Ale and Lvivske Kneippa Zhyve, and also offered Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc in a new format – matte can of 0.33 liter,” the general director said, adding that “the company will be limited to the release of only these products in 2018.”