• First-quarter net profits up 7.4% to US$291.9m
  • Net sales flat at $1.79bn
  • Operating profits rise 8.4% to $297.5m
  • Volumes (sales to wholesalers) slip 3.2% to 14.05m barrels 
MillerCoors Q1 sales were flat on the prior year

MillerCoors' Q1 sales were flat on the prior year

MillerCoors saw its first-quarter profits boosted by cost savings and lower marketing spend, but sales were flat.  

The SABMiller and Molson Coors US joint-venture said today (7 May) that net profits in the three months to the end of March rose by 7.4% to US$291.9m. Sales in the period were flat however at $1.79bn. 

Operating profits in the period climbed by 8.4% to $297.5m. Sales to US wholesalers fell by 3.2% to 14.05m barrels. 

The brewer said its profits growth was driven by "positive pricing and sales mix, cost savings, and lower marketing spending, primarily due to timing differences versus last year". 

The Coors Light and Miller Lite brands both saw volumes slip "mid-single digits" in the quarter. The brewer said its "above premium" portfolio grew "high teens" in the quarter helped by the launch of Miller Fortune and its Redd's brand. 

The company's "craft" unit, Tenth & Blake, Tsaw volumes slip "mid-single digits", due tdouble-digit declines in Blue Moon seasonals, Henry Weinhard’s, Killian’s and Batch 19. Coors Banquet grew "mid-single" digits in the quarter. 

Looking ahead, CEO Tom Long said: "The key to our success will be our performance in premium lights, which have been particularly challenged recently, including in the first quarter."

He added: "This month, we will continue to engage legal drinking age millennials around premium lights with the release of Coors Light’s first line extension, Coors Light Summer Brew.” 

To read the company's full statement click here