Rexam - FIFA World Cup fever expected to boost sales

Tuesday, May 11 2010 by
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Rexam  FIFA World Cup fever expected to boost sales

With the FIFA World Cup fast approaching this is an exciting time for consumer packaging company Rexam (LON:REX) . Group earnings will benefit from the additional beverage can consumption that the summer tournament will bring.  However far from solely relying on an Emerging market’s story, trading for the year so far has been ahead of the group's expectations with beverage can volumes in both North America and Europe beating management forecasts.

World Cup fever of not, Rexam is benefiting from a slew of cost cutting initiates and a recovery in demand.  Given the region’s love affair with the sport, the group’s expansion in South America could not be better timed however the 63% share of the continental beverage can market will be earnings accretive long after the final whistle of this year’s tournament. South America is one of the three geographic regions Rexam focuses on with the other two being Europe and North America. In South America beverage cans saw volume growth of 9% during 2009 with Rexam reporting that consumer behaviour was unaffected by the global downturn. By contrast in Europe beverage can sales fell 3% and in North America the fall was 1% during 2009.

This year’s first quarter though has brought with it reasons for optimism.  In Europe, it seems that drinking through sovereign debt fears is the preferred option with volume growth due to a strong performance in speciality cans. North America remained weak but both regions outperformed expectations allowing for the positive trading update. As expected Latin America continued to see strong growth and overall conditions appear to have turned a corner.

The recovery of demand is encouraging as cost cutting has now been largely completed. Cost savings are now set to be £19m annually with 2010 experiencing the full benefit. Achievements for Rexam's beverage cans division include Red Bull, Prosecco in a can, half-pint slim line Stella Artois cans and a recently launched cider can with thermochromic (heat sensitive ink). The group is trying to work with marketing professionals rather than purchasing managers among its client base.

Beverage cans are the mainstay of Rexam’s earnings with £3.6 billion sales in 2009 and profits of £310 million. As such, a recovery in the European and North American markets (as well as a continuation of growth in Latin America) will prove the catalyst for earnings our performance in the long term. The group's…

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Rexam PLC is a global beverage can maker. The Company engages in the manufacture of cans, in different shapes and sizes with various finishes, decorations and ends. It has approximately 20 different shapes and sizes, ranging from standard 33 centiliters (12 ounces) cans, through 150 milliliters and slim and sleek versions to one liter cans and aluminum bottles. Its cans are suitable for beverages, including juices, iced ready to drink (RTD) tea and coffee, and flavored and sparkling water. The Company operates through four segments: Europe; Africa, Middle East & Asia (AMEA); North America, and South America. It offers cans for multiple channels, such as vending machines, hypermarkets and in multiple sizes and formats to suit a range of consumer occasions. It offers thermochromic inks on cans to signal when the product is at its optimum drinking temperature. It prints quick response (QR) codes and augmented reality (AR) features on a can for enabling social media interaction. more »

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