Constellation Brands Beats Profit Estimates In First Quarter

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Constellation Brands Beats Profit Estimates In First Quarter

Corona beer maker Constellation Brands beat Wall Street estimates for first-quarter profit, helped by strong demand for its core beer brands, which offset the sluggish wines and spirits business.

Shares of the Victor, New York-based company, which maintained its annual forecasts, were up nearly 3% in premarket trading.

The company has seen persistent demand for its core beer brands, including Modelo Especial and Pacifico, although its wines and spirits business, along with the broader consumer industry, saw a slowdown in the United States.

Constellation's beer business, a major revenue contributor, saw a 6.4% depletion in volume growth – the rate at which products are sold – compared with a 5.5% growth last year.

Price Hikes

Benefits from aggressive price hikes over the past quarters, lower marketing expenses, and sales growth have helped the company cushion the blow from lingering raw material and packaging costs.


Constellation's operating margin in its beer business rose 260 basis points to 40.6%.

The company reported a comparable profit of $3.57 per share for the quarter ended 31 May, beating analysts' estimates of $3.46 per share, as per LSEG data.

It posted net sales of $2.66 billion (€2.46 billion), slightly below estimates of $2.67 billion (€2.47 billion), owing to tepid demand for its premium wines and spirits.

Recently, the company has officially inaugurated its new global headquarters in the Aqueduct Building campus at 50 East Broad Street in downtown Rochester, New York.

In April, it forecast annual profit above Wall Street expectations, banking on resilient demand for its core beer brands despite sticky inflation. Quarterly sales of Constellation and peer Molson Coors grew in contrast with Jack Daniel maker Brown-Forman and top brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, which saw a dip in volumes.

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