Constellation Brands annual profit

Constellation Brands Upgrades Annual Profit Outlook

Constellation Brands, a leading producer of beers and spirits, announced an upward revision of its annual profit target on Thursday, citing robust demand and increased prices. The company now anticipates fiscal 2024 comparable earnings per share to range between $12.00 and $12.20, a notable increase from its prior projection of $11.70 to $12.00.


Following a trend observed in its industry peer, Brown-Forman, Constellation Brands has reaped the benefits of elevated pricing, effectively offsetting higher input costs. This strategic maneuver has allowed the alcoholic beverage giant to navigate through a general consumer slowdown in the U.S., attributed to soaring inflation rates.


In a striking show of strength, Constellation’s second-quarter sales surged by an impressive seven percent, surpassing the expectations set by analysts, who had projected revenues of $2.82 billion according to data from LSEG’s IBES. Rob Sands, the CEO of Constellation Brands, emphasized the company’s unwavering commitment to driving growth in both the top and bottom lines, especially within their premium brand portfolio on a global scale.


Sands highlighted the successful implementation of pricing strategies aimed at mitigating cost pressures, alongside the maintenance of efficient inventory management. Furthermore, the company continues to invest in marketing initiatives and innovation to maintain its competitive edge.


Constellation’s stellar performance extends across vital markets and various product categories, with total beer depletions registering an impressive 4.1% increase. This surge is primarily fueled by strong showings from flagship brands, Corona and Modelo Especial. Noteworthy is the strategic move to consolidate orders of Modelo Especial 12-packs into larger 24-packs, a maneuver that has bolstered depletions.


Meanwhile, in the spirits segment, total depletions for the category saw a two percent rise, driven by heightened volumes from Casa Noble and Svedka. This gain was somewhat offset by lower figures in the “Other Spirits” categories.


Rob Sands expressed confidence in the company’s continuous market share growth both domestically and internationally, asserting that mega brands including Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico, are well-positioned to sustain the company’s growth trajectory for years to come.


Constellation Brands’ forthcoming strategy places significant emphasis on expanding its market presence in both the U.S. and international arenas. This will be coupled with a keen focus on understanding pricing dynamics and implementing cost-effective strategies, all while enhancing the impact of their powerhouse brands. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic challenges, Constellation Brands’ revised estimates of annual profit targets underscore the remarkable resilience of the alcoholic beverage industry.

Source: Reuters

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