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Anheuser-Busch Inbev is engaged in the brewing of beer. Co. manages a portfolio of well over 200 brands that includes brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's; multi-country brands such as Leffe and Hoegaarden; and other brands such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Quilmes, Michelob, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske and Jupiler. Co. also produces and distributes soft drinks, particularly in Latin America. Co.'s operations are organized along seven business segments: North America, Mexico, Latin America North, Latin America South, Europe, Asia Pacific and Global Export & Holding Companies.
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The ABI share price has pulled back c.6pp from its YTD highs post its positive H1'19 results, with USD strength negatively impacting our earnings forecast. Despite the pull-back, ABI shares still trade at a 13.1x forward EV/EBITDA. We believe the counter is fairly valued at such levels. Thus, the market has played out the earnings upgrade and deleveraging in our view. Given our view of a weaker H2'19 performance, we do not see scope for further upside.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) released a positive set of H1'19 results, exceeding consensus earnings expectations (normalised EPS of USD2.52/share versus USD2.40/share). Positive volume growth (+1.7% y/y), global premiumisation trends and a strong brand portfolio resulted in organic revenue growing 6% y/y. However, the negative currency fluctuations resulted in headline revenue growth of -1.1% y/y. The positive mix effect and various cost saving initiatives resulted in normalised EBTIDA margins expanding 104bps y/y to 40.9%.
On 9 May 2019, the Company issued convertible bonds for a total principal amount of EUR 150 million. The sole agenda item relates to the proposed approval and ratification, in accordance with Article 556 of the Belgian Companies Code, of conditions of the convertible bonds in case of a change of control. These are standard provisions and they are in line with the market practice. Hence, we see no reason for shareholder concern and recommend to approve.
General: Hella is a leading automotive supplier with over 125 locations in some 35 countries. In financial year 2018/2019, the Company generated sales of EUR 7.0bn with around 39,000 employees. Hella specialises in innovative lighting systems and vehicle electronics in its segments Automotive and Aftermarket. Furthermore, in its Special Applications segment, Hella develops, manufactures and sells lighting and electronic products for specialist vehicles. As of 31 May 2019, a total of 60.00% of the Company's shares were covered by a pool agreement of family shareholders. A total of 62 members o...
In general, NN Group is in compliance with the Dutch regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Extraordinary General Meeting. On August 12, 2019, the Company announced that Mr. Lard Friese stepped down as CEO of the Company to become the new CEO of Dutch competitor Aegon. ECGS notes that the sole agenda item of this EGM (ITEM 2) concerns the intended appointment of Mr. David Knibbe as CEO and member of the executive board of NN Group. According to Dutch law and the Company's Articles of Association, shareholders are NOT entitled to vote on such agenda item; it is a discus...
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