• FY net profits tumble by 34.5% to US$443m
  • Net sales in 2012 increase by 11.4% to $3.92bn
  • Operating profits also fall markedly, down by 35.2% to $437.6m
  • Volumes jump by 34.4% to 25.3m hectolitres
Molson Coors posted its full-year results earlier today (14 February)

Molson Coors posted its full-year results earlier today (14 February)

Molson Coors has posted rising sales and volumes for its full year, although profits have been hit by its M&A activity in 2012.

The North American brewer said earlier today (14 February) that its net profits last year plunged by 34.5% to US$443m. Net sales rose by 11.4% to $3.92bn, while operating profits also fell, by 35.2% to $437.6m.

For the last three months of 2012, net profits fell by 65.4% to $60m, while sales were up by 9.9% to $1.03bn. Operating profits in the final quarter tumbled by 65.5% to $59.7m.

Peter Swinburn, Coors' president & CEO, pointed to a "higher tax rate, cycling strong quarterly results the year before... and some other one-time factors that did not repeat," for the drop-off in Q4 earnings. 

However, he talked up the benefits from the group's EUR2.65bn (US$3.54bn)  acquisition of StarBev last June, saying it "helped our worldwide volume grow by 14%, net sales by more than 11%, and underlying earnings per share by 4%". 

Shares in Molson Coors were today up slightly, by 0.56% at $44.87.  

Check back later for more coverage of Molson Coors' FY results.

To read the company's official statement, click here.