It appears we might be gearing up for a weak 2013 to December H1 results for Brewing Giant Guinness Nigeria Plc. This is based on the recently released interim result by the parent company which opined that there was a 2.6% decline in their beer category and blamed in on Ireland and Nigeria.
Our regional performance has been impacted by two factors; contraction of the beer market and the growth of value beers in Nigeria, and a decline in Senator keg as excise duty was introduced on the brand. This has led to a weaker top line performance and negatively impacted our margin. That said, the region has also achieved success in a number of areas; reserve brands grew strongly, South Africa delivered a very good performance, and in East Africa, net sales of Guinness and Tusker were up double digit.
They went on to say organic beer volumes in Nigeria dropped 13% and beer sales dropping 10% as well.
The beer market decline in Nigeria continued at a mid-single digit rate, and consumers continued to be drawn to value offerings, particularly in lager, as low government spending and high inflation constrained disposable incomes and Harp and Guinness were both impacted by this trading down and by the effect of price increases. Dubic, which was launched in fiscal 2012, is still a relatively small proportion of the business but grew strongly and nearly doubled in size. In ready to drink, Snapp drove category net sales growth of 10%. Spirits volume was up 22% and net sales grew nearly 30% as a significant increase in marketing investment drove 39% growth on Johnnie Walker and reserve brands doubled.