A-B InBev released its full-year results today

A-B InBev released its full-year results today

Today (26 February) Anheuser-Busch InBev reported a 13% rise in full-year net profits from a single-digit lift in sales. Here just-drinks takes a closer look at the world’s biggest brewer’s results by region:


North America

  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) up by 0.4% to $6.7bn; total volumes down 2.6% in 2013 and 1.9% in the fourth quarter
  • US sales to retailers down by 2.9% in 2013; market share falling by about 50 basis points in the year and by 40 basis points in 4Q13
  • In Canada, beer volumes fell by 2.3% in the year, with market share down by about 40 basis points


  • EBITDA rose by 54% to $1.23bn
  • Beer volumes were down by 2% for the 12 months of 2013 and by 4.5% in the final quarter
  • Domestic beer-only revenue-per-hectolitre grew by 6.6% in FY13 and by 7.3% in 4Q13

Latin America North (LAN)

  • EBITDA rose by 10.1% to $5.8bn in the year 
  • LAN volumes fell by 3.3% in 2013, with beer volumes down 3.9% and soft drinks volume down 1.7%
  • Brazil beer volumes fell by 4.3% in FY13, and by 3.4% in the final quarter of the year
  • Brazil market share fell by 60 basis points in the year

Latin America South (LAS)

  • EBITDA from the region increased by 17.4% to $1.5bn in 2013
  • Volumes in fell by 3.1% in the year, with beer volumes down 2.8% and non-beer volumes down 3.5%
  • Argentina volumes fell by 1.9% in the full year

Western Europe

  • EBITDA fell by 5% to $1.1bn in FY13 
  • Beer volumes in the region declined by 4.3% in the year and by 3.6% in 4Q
  • Belgium beer volumes fell by 3% in 2013 because of bad weather in the first half of the year
  • Germany's beer volumes were down by 7.1% in the year
  • UK volumes fell by 3% in the year, but Budweiser volumes increased by 3%

Central & Eastern Europe

  • EBITDA dropped by 11.1% to $225m in the year
  • Beer volumes fell by 15.8% in 2013 and by 24.8% in the fourth quarter
  • Full-year Russian beer volumes decreased by 13.6%
  • In Ukraine, beer volumes fell by 18.9% in 2013, and by 41.3% in the last quarter, with the instability in the country significantly impacting beer consumption

Asia Pacific

  • EBITDA grew 31.5% to $546m in 2013 with revenue-per-hectolitre jumping by 8.2%
  • Asia Pacific beer volumes increased by 9% in the year
  • China beer volumes grew by 8.9%