Monday 19 August 2019

US firm cuts stake in Bulmers owner C&C

Bulmers cider
Bulmers cider
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

US firm Brandes Investment Partners has cut its stake in Bulmers owner C&C again, reducing it to just over 6.9pc.

The disposal of more shares in the Irish drinks maker comes less than a month after Brandes previously cut is holding in C&C.

Stock exchange filings this morning confirm the latest reduction.

At one stage in 2017, Brandes owned more than 12pc of the Irish drinks maker – a peak reached in October that year.

But it’s been steadily reducing its stake over the past year. In April last year, it cut it to just under 11pc from 11.8pc, and reduced it to slightly under 10pc in July. By December last year, it owned just over 9pc of the drinks maker.

Its current stake in the company, whose brands also include Tennent’s lager, is worth just over €79m.

Shares in C&C hit €3.57 last September, and fell to as low as €2.61 in December before recovering to their current level of €3.72.

San Diego-headquartered Brandes Investment is controlled by US billionaire Charles Brandes.

Brandes Investment Partners has its European HQ in Dublin and describes itself as a value investor.

Revenue at C&C – which also owns brands including Tennents and Five Lamps beer – almost tripled to €1.57bn in its last financial year. The figure  included just over €1bn in turnover for 11 months from the Matthew Clark and Bibendum distribution businesses acquired by C&C last year.

Revenue at the core C&C drinks business was €564.4m, representing a 3.2pc organic uplift. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) at the core business was €101.7m – a 1.4pc organic increase. Matthew Clark and Bibendum delivered combined adjusted EBITDA of €18.3m.

Online Editors

Also in Business