Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A. 10-K 2007
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ANHEUSER-BUSCH COMPANIES, INC.
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (the Company or Anheuser-Busch) is a Delaware corporation that was organized in 1979 as the holding company of Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated (ABI), a Missouri corporation whose origins date back to 1875. In addition to ABI, which is the nations leading brewer of beer, the Company also has subsidiaries that conduct various other business operations. The Companys operations are comprised of the following principal business segments: domestic beer, international beer, packaging, and entertainment. In 2006, domestic beer contributed 74.7% and 66.4%, international beer contributed 6.6% and 24.5%, packaging contributed 10.9% and 3.5%, and entertainment contributed 7.8% and 5.6% to net sales and net income, respectively. For this calculation, net sales and expenses exclude corporate items as detailed in the Companys business segments disclosure. The Company believes this measure is the most appropriate as it allows the business segments contributions to add to 100%. Approximately 93% of the Companys net sales and 76% of net income is generated in the United States. Financial information with respect to the Companys business segments appears in Note 13, Business Segments, on pages 62-63 of the 2006 Annual Report to Shareholders, which Note hereby is incorporated by reference.
Domestic beer volume was 102.3 million barrels in 2006 as compared with 101.1 million barrels in 2005. Domestic volume represents Anheuser-Busch brands produced and shipped within the United States including Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Worldwide sales of the Companys beer brands aggregated 125.0 million barrels in 2006 as compared with 121.9 million barrels in 2005. Worldwide beer volume is comprised of domestic and international volume. International volume represents Anheuser-Busch brands produced overseas by Company-owned breweries and under license and contract brewing agreements, plus exports from the Companys U.S. breweries. Total brands volume includes worldwide Anheuser-Busch brand volume combined with the Companys ownership percentage share of the volume of its international equity partners. Total brands volume was 156.6 million barrels and 148.3 million barrels in 2006 and 2005, respectively.
The Companys principal product is beer, produced and distributed by its subsidiary, ABI, in a variety of containers primarily under the brand names described below. During 2006, ABI discontinued BISTRO, Peels Pear Lemon, 9th Street Lime Cactus, 9th Street Pomegranate Raspberry, 9th Street Tuscan Orange Grapefruit, Blue Stone, Blue Horizon and ZiegenBock Light.
Budweiser, Budweiser Select, Bud Light and Bud Ice are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis. Bud Ice Light and Bud Dry are sold in 44 states.
Budweiser, Budweiser Select, Bud Light, and Bud Ice are sold in both draught and packaged form. Bud Ice Light and Bud Dry are sold in packaged form.
Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob ULTRA, Michelob ULTRA Amber and Michelob Amber Bock are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis. Michelob Marzen, Michelob Pale Ale, Michelob Porter and Michelob Bavarian-Style Wheat are sold in 49 states, Michelob Honey Lager in 44 states, and Michelob Golden Draft and Michelob Golden Draft Light in 8 states.
Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob ULTRA, Michelob ULTRA Amber, Michelob Golden Draft, Michelob Golden Draft Light and Michelob Amber Bock are sold in both draught and packaged form. Michelob Honey Lager is sold only in packaged form. Michelob Marzen, Michelob Pale Ale, Michelob Porter and Michelob Bavarian-Style Wheat are sold in sampler packs only.
Busch and Busch Light are sold in 49 states. Busch Ice is sold in 37 states.
Busch and Busch Light are sold in both draught and packaged form. Busch Ice is sold only in packaged form.
Natural Light and Natural Ice are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis in both draught and packaged form. Natty Up is sold in 4 states only in packaged form.
Bud Extra (formerly known as BE) is distributed and available for sale on a nationwide basis only in packaged form.
Anheuser World Lager is available in 46 states in both draught and packaged form.
Bare Knuckle Stout is distributed and available for sale on a nationwide basis in both draught and packaged form.
American Red is sold in 22 states only in draught form under a variety of custom names.
ZiegenBock Amber is sold in one state in both draught and packaged form.
Land Shark Lager (introduced in 2006) is sold in 2 states only in packaged form.
Redbridge (introduced in 2006) is sold in 47 states only in packaged form.
Wild Hop Lager and Stone Mill Pale Ale (both introduced in 2006) are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis in both draught and packaged form.
The Company acquired the Rolling Rock brands in 2006. Rolling Rock and Rock Green Light are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis in both draught and packaged form.
The Company periodically develops holiday, seasonal, occasional and local beers.
ODouls and ODouls Amber are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis. Busch NA is sold in 47 states.
ODouls and ODouls Amber are sold in both draught and packaged form. Busch NA is sold only in packaged form.
King Cobra is sold in 45 states, Hurricane High Gravity in 46 states, Hurricane Malt in 34 states and Hurricane Ice in 3 states.
King Cobra, Hurricane High Gravity, Hurricane Malt and Hurricane Ice are sold only in packaged form.
BACARDI Silver, BACARDI Silver Watermelon, BACARDI Silver Big Apple, BACARDI Silver Strawberry, BACARDI Silver Raz, BACARDI Silver O3 and Tilt are distributed and sold on a nationwide basis. Peels Blueberry Pomegranate, Peels Cranberry Peach, and Peels Strawberry are also distributed and sold on a nationwide basis. Tequiza and BACARDI Silver Peach (introduced in 2006) are sold in 49 states. BACARDI Silver is sold in 46 states. Peels Spiced Apple (introduced in 2006) is sold in 44 states and Tilt Green (also introduced in 2006) is sold in 41 states. Wild Blue is sold in 3 states.
BACARDI Silver Raz, BACARDI Silver O3, BACARDI Silver Watermelon and Wild Blue are sold in both draught and packaged form. BACARDI Silver, BACARDI Silver Big Apple, BACARDI Silver Strawberry, BACARDI Silver Peach, Tilt, Tilt Green, Tequiza, Peels Blueberry Pomegranate, Peels Cranberry Peach, Peels Strawberry and Peels Spiced Apple are sold only in packaged form.
The Company also has a malt-based product, Spykes, which contains caffeine, gingseng and guarana and is available in packaged form. Spykes Spicy Lime and Spykes Hot Melons are sold in 32 states. Spykes Spicy Mango and Spykes Hot Chocolate are sold in 30 states.
ABI owns a 33.7% equity interest in Seattle-based Redhook Ale Brewery, Inc. Through this alliance, Redhook products are distributed exclusively by ABI wholesalers in all U.S. markets.
ABI owns a 39.5% interest in Portland-based Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. Widmer products are distributed exclusively by ABI wholesalers in 49 states. Widmer has ownership interests in Kona Brewing Company and Goose Island Brewing Company and their products Kona and Goose Island, respectively, are distributed exclusively by ABI wholesalers in 19 and 15 states, respectively.
The Company brews, markets and sells Kirin-Ichiban and Kirin Light through a license agreement with Kirin Brewing Company, Ltd. of Japan for sale in the United States.
Kirin-Ichiban is sold in 48 states and Kirin Light in 38 states.
Kirin-Ichiban is sold in both draught and packaged form. Kirin Light is sold only in packaged form.
The Company has energy drinks, 180 and 180 X3 and 180 Blue (introduced in 2006) in the energy drink category. 180 is sold on a nationwide basis, 180 Blue is sold in 49 states and 180 X3 is sold in 44 states. 180, 180 X3 and 180 Blue are available in packaged form. The Company also has an enhanced water beverage drink, 180 Sport, in the energy drink category. 180 Sport is distributed and sold in two flavors in 10 states and is available in packaged form.
The Company signed an agreement with Hansen Natural Corporation in 2006 whereby many of the Companys wholesalers have been appointed distributors of Hansens energy drinks.
The Companys subsidiary, Long Tail Libations Inc., currently has a liqueur product, Jekyll & Hyde, in 56 test markets available in packaged form.
The Company began distributing Icelandic Glacial Spring Water (owned by Icelandic Water Holdings) in 16 test markets in packaged form in 2006.
The Company began distributing Ku Soju (a Korean liquor manufactured by Ku Soju, Inc.) in 7 test markets in packaged form in 2006.
In April 2006, the Company, through an import alliance with Royal Grolsch N.V., became the U.S. importer for certain of the Grolsch traditional European brands. Grolsch Lager is sold in 49 states, Grolsch
Amber in 38 states, Grolsch Light in 37 states and Grolsch Blonde in 33 states. Grolsch Lager is sold in both draught and packaged form. Grolsch Amber, Grolsch Light and Grolsch Blonde are sold only in packaged form.
The Company began importing Harbin Lager (manufactured by the Company in China), Tiger Lager (flagship brand of Asia Pacific Breweries) and Kingsbrucke (manufactured by the Companys Stag brewery) into the U.S. in 2006. Harbin Lager is sold in 48 states only in packaged form. Tiger Lager is sold in 49 states only in packaged form. Kingsbrucke is sold in 3 test markets only in draught form.
In early 2007, the Company became the U.S. importer of Czechvar Premium Czech Lager brewed by Budejovicky Budvar (BBNP) in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
The Company became the exclusive U.S. importer of a number of InBev nv/sas (a Belgian brewery company) premium European brands, including Stella Artois®, Becks®, Bass Pale Ale®, Hoegaarden®, Leffe® and other select InBev brands, effective February 1, 2007.
ABI has developed a system of twelve breweries, strategically located across the country, to economically serve its distribution system. (See Item 2 of Part IProperties.) Ongoing modernization programs at the Companys breweries are part of ABIs overall strategic initiatives.
During 2006, approximately 94% of the beer sold by ABI, measured in barrels, reached retail channels through more than 600 independent wholesalers. The Company has a formal, written distribution agreement (the Equity Agreement) with each of its wholesalers. Each Equity Agreement generally specifies the territory in which the wholesaler is permitted to sell the Companys products, the brands that the wholesaler is permitted to sell, performance standards applicable to the wholesaler, procedures to be followed by the wholesaler in connection with the sale of the distribution rights, and circumstances upon which the distribution rights may be terminated. By wholesaler use of controlled environment warehouses and stringent inventory monitoring policies, the quality and freshness of the product are protected, thus providing ABI a significant competitive advantage. ABI utilizes its regional vice-presidents, sales directors, key account and regional sales managers, as well as certain other sales personnel, to provide strategic sales planning and merchandising assistance to its wholesalers. In addition, ABI provides national and local media advertising, point-of-sale advertising, and sales promotion programs to promote its brands, and complements national brand strategies with geographic marketing teams focused on delivering relevant programming addressing local interests and opportunities. The remainder of ABIs domestic beer sales in 2006 were made through 13 branches that perform similar sales, merchandising, and delivery services as the independent wholesalers in their respective areas; these branches are owned and operated by the Company or direct or indirect subsidiaries of the Company. ABIs peak selling periods are the second and third quarters.
Another wholly-owned subsidiary, Wholesaler Equity Development Corporation, shares equity positions with qualified partners in independent beer wholesalerships and is currently invested in 3 wholesalerships.
There are more than 100 companies engaged in the highly competitive brewing industry in the United States. ABIs domestic beers are distributed and sold in competition with other nationally distributed beers, with locally and regionally distributed beers, and with imported beers. Although the methods of competition in the industry vary widely, in part due to differences in applicable state laws, the principal methods of competition are product quality, taste and freshness, packaging, price, advertising (including television, radio, sponsorships, billboards, stadium signs, and print media), point-of-sale materials, and service to retail customers. ABIs beers compete in different price categories. Although all brands compete against the total market, the Companys Budweiser family of beers along with Michelob Golden Draft and Michelob Golden Draft Light compete primarily with premium priced beers. The Companys Busch and Natural family of beers compete with the value priced beers. The Companys malt liquor products compete against other brands in the malt liquor segment. Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob Amber Bock, Michelob Honey Lager, Michelob ULTRA, Michelob ULTRA Amber, Michelob Marzen, Michelob Pale Ale, Kirin Light, Kirin-Ichiban, Tequiza, ZiegenBock Amber, the BACARDI Silver products, American Red, Anheuser World Lager, Bare Knuckle Stout, Bud
Extra, Land Shark Lager, Redbridge, Wild Hop Lager, Stone Mill Pale Ale, and the Peels, Tilt, Rolling Rock, Wild Blue, Redhook and Widmer products as well as the Companys beer import products compete primarily in the above-premium-priced beer segment of the malt beverage market. ODouls and ODouls Amber (premium priced) and Busch NA (value priced) compete in the non-alcohol malt beverage category. Since 1957, ABI has led the United States brewing industry in total sales volume. In 2006, its sales exceeded those of its nearest competitor by more than 60 million barrels. ABIs domestic market share (excluding exports) for 2006 was approximately 48.4%. Major competitors in the United States brewing industry during 2006 included SABMiller, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., and Heineken. In addition to competing with the other brewers brands, the Companys beer brands must also compete in the marketplace with other types of alcohol beverage choices available to consumers.
International beer volume was 22.7 million barrels in 2006, compared with 20.8 million barrels in 2005. Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. (ABII), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, oversees the marketing and sale of Budweiser and other brands outside the U.S., operates breweries in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and China, negotiates and administers license and contract brewing agreements on behalf of ABI with various foreign brewers, and negotiates and manages equity investments in foreign brewing partners.
Through Anheuser-Busch Europe Limited (ABEL), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, certain ABI beer brands are marketed, distributed, and sold in more than thirty countries. In the U.K., ABEL sells Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Silver, Michelob, and Michelob ULTRA brands to selected on-premise accounts, brewers, wholesalers, and directly to off-premise accounts. Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Silver, Michelob, and Michelob ULTRA are brewed and packaged at the Stag Brewery near London, England which is managed and operated by ABEL. Harbin 1900 is imported into the U.K. by ABEL.
In China, the Company has a 97% equity interest in the Budweiser Wuhan International Brewing Company Limited (BWIB), a joint venture that owns and operates a brewery in Wuhan. The Company also operates the Budweiser (China) Sales Company, Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary (China Sales Co.). BWIB and China Sales Co. are responsible for the marketing and distribution of the Companys products in China. In China, BWIB and China Sales Co. currently produce and sell Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Ultra, Bud Genuine Draft, Harbin Ice and Harbin 1900. China Sales Co. also distributes other Harbin brands and will begin importing Grupo Modelos Corona brand in 2007.
The Company owns 100% of Harbin Brewery Group Limited. Harbin Brewery Group has thirteen breweries in northeast China. Harbin Brewery Group owns 100% of the entities operating nine of the breweries and a majority interest in the remaining four breweries. (See Item 2 of Part IProperties.) The Harbin breweries sell beer under the Harbin and various other brand names.
In Canada, Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch and Busch Light are brewed and sold through a license agreement with Labatt Brewing Co. In Japan, Budweiser is brewed and sold through a license agreement with Kirin Brewery Company, Limited. A licensing agreement allows Guinness Ireland Limited to brew and sell Budweiser in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and Bud Light in the Republic of Ireland. Budweiser is also brewed under license and sold by brewers in Italy (Heineken Italia SpA), Spain (Sociedad Anonima Damm), Korea (Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd.) and Russia (Heineken). The Company had an agreement with Brasseries Kronenbourg for sale and distribution of Bud in France that terminated at the end of 2006. The Company owns a 7.9% stake in a subsidiary in Argentina of Compañía Cervecerías Unidas S.A. (CCU), the leading Chilean brewer, that brews and distributes Budweiser under license in Argentina and distributes Budweiser in Chile and Uruguay.
In Mexico, Budweiser, Bud Light, ODouls and the 180 energy drink are imported and distributed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo Modelo (Cervezas Internacionales).
The Company also sells in over 60 other countries by exporting various brands including Budweiser and Bud Light from Company breweries in the U.S., U.K. and China and from its license partners breweries in Argentina, Italy and Spain.
The Company has a strategic investment agreement with Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited, the second largest brewer in China, and producer of the Tsingtao brand. Under the agreement, in 2003 and 2004, the Company invested $182 million in three Tsingtao convertible bonds. The investment in the bonds, combined with an existing 4.5% stake in Tsingtao common stock, brought Anheuser-Buschs total investment to $211 million. In 2003, the Company converted the first bond, which increased the Companys economic and voting stake in Tsingtao from 4.5% to 9.9%. In April 2005, the Company converted its two remaining Tsingtao convertible bonds into Series H common shares, thereby increasing the Companys economic stake in Tsingtao from 9.9% to 27%, and its voting stake from 9.9% to 20%.
The Company owns a 35.12% direct interest in Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., Mexicos largest brewer, and a 23.25% direct interest in Diblo S.A. de C.V., Grupo Modelos operating subsidiary, providing the Company with, directly and indirectly, a 50.2% interest in Diblo. However, the Company does not have voting or other control of either Grupo Modelo or Diblo. Additional information is contained in Note 2, International Equity Investments, on page 50 of the 2006 Annual Report to Shareholders, which note is hereby incorporated by reference.
Competition for international beer operations differs significantly depending upon the specific country involved. For 2006, no single foreign country or region accounted for more than 3.2% of consolidated revenues or 2.4% of consolidated income before income taxes. The Companys primary foreign markets for beer sales are China, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Ireland. In each international market, the Company competes against a mix of national, regional, local, and imported beer brands. In China, competition is primarily from numerous national and regional brands. There is no dominant competitor in China. In the United Kingdom, the top four competitorsScottish & Newcastle, Molson Coors Brewers, InBev UK, and Carlsberg UKhave combined market share of nearly 77%, with Scottish & Newcastle having a share of approximately 25%. The Companys share is 3%. In Ireland, the market leader is the Companys license brewing partner, Guinness Ireland, with a market share of 59% including a share of 13% related to the Companys products. In Canada, the top two competitors, of similar size, are the Molson Coors Brewing Company and the Companys license brewing partner, Labatt Brewing. Their combined market share is more than 80%, including a share of 15% related to the Companys products.
Net income for the International Beer Segment also includes the Companys ownership percentage of the net income of Grupo Modelo. Modelos principal competitor in Mexico is FEMSA S.A. de C.V., with the two companies having respective market shares of 56% and 44%. Although Anheuser-Busch does not significantly compete in the Mexican beer market, a significant change in Modelos business could have a material effect on the Companys reported net income and earnings per share.
The Companys packaging operations are handled through the following wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company: Metal Container Corporation (MCC), which manufactures beverage cans at eight plants and beverage can lids at three plants for sale to ABI and U.S. soft drink customers (See Item 2 of Part 1Properties); Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation, which buys and sells used aluminum beverage containers from its corporate office in Sunset Hills, Missouri and recycles aluminum and plastic containers at its plant in Hayward, California; Precision Printing and Packaging, Inc., which manufactures pressure sensitive, metalized, plastic and paper labels at its plant in Clarksville, Tennessee; and Eagle Packaging, Inc., which manufactures crown and closure liner materials for ABI at its plant in Bridgeton, Missouri.
Through a wholly-owned limited partnership, Longhorn Glass Manufacturing, L.P., the Company owns and operates a glass manufacturing plant in Jacinto City, Texas, which manufactures glass bottles for the Companys nearby Houston brewery.
The packaging industry is highly competitive. MCCs share of the U.S. aluminum beverage can market for 2006 was approximately 25%. MCCs competitors include Ball Corporation, Rexam Corporation, and Crown Holdings. In addition, the can industry faces competition from other beverage containers, such as glass and plastic bottles.
The Company is active in the family entertainment industry, primarily through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), which currently owns, directly and through subsidiaries, nine theme parks.
BEC operates Busch Gardens theme parks in Tampa, Florida and Williamsburg, Virginia, and SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Florida, San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, California. BEC operates water park attractions in Tampa, Florida (Adventure Island) and Williamsburg, Virginia (Water Country, U.S.A.), and Langhorne, Pennsylvania (Sesame Place), as well as Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, a reservations-only attraction offering interaction with marine animals. Due to the seasonality of the theme park business, BEC experiences higher revenues in the second and third quarters than in the first and fourth quarters.
The Company is the fourth largest theme park operator in the United States. It faces competition in the family entertainment industry from other theme and amusement parks, public zoos, public parks, and other family entertainment events and attractions. Major competitors in the theme park industry during 2006 include Walt Disney Co., Six Flags Parks, Cedar Fair Parks, and Universal Studios Theme Parks. No reliable national market share information is available for the theme park industry.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Busch Properties, Inc. (BPI), the Company is engaged in the business of real estate development. BPI also owns and operates The Kingsmill Resort and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Manufacturers Railway Co., the Company owns and operates a transportation service business.
The Companys wholly-owned subsidiary, Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc. (BARI), operates rice milling facilities in Jonesboro, Arkansas and Woodland, California; eight grain elevators in the western and midwestern United States; barley seed processing plants in Fairfield, Montana, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Powell, Wyoming; and a barley research facility in Ft. Collins, Colorado. BARI also owns and operates malt plants in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Moorhead, Minnesota, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Through wholly-owned subsidiaries, BARI operates land application farms in Jacksonville, Florida and Fort Collins, Colorado; hop farms in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Huell, Germany; and a barley purchasing office in Winnipeg, Canada.
The products manufactured by the Company require a large volume of various agricultural products, including hops, barley malt, rice, and corn grits for beer, and rice and barley for the rice milling and malting operations of Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc. The Company fulfills its commodities requirements through purchases from various sources, including purchases from its subsidiaries, through contractual arrangements and on the open market. The Company believes that adequate supplies of the aforementioned agricultural products are available at the present time, but cannot predict future availability or market prices of such products and materials. The above referenced commodities have experienced and will continue to experience price fluctuations. The price and supply of raw materials will be determined by, among other factors, the level of crop production both in the U.S. and around the world, weather conditions, export demand, and government regulations and legislation affecting agriculture and trade.
The Company uses water in brewing its beer. The Company generally satisfies its requirements for water from municipal water systems and privately owned wells.
The Company also requires aluminum cansheet for the manufacture of cans and lids. The cansheet market experiences price volatility due to the supply and demand balance for both aluminum ingot and sheet fabrication. The Company manages its aluminum supply and cost using various methods including long-term purchase contracts and hedging techniques. The Company believes that an adequate supply of aluminum is available at the present time, but cannot predict future availability or market prices.
The Company uses natural gas, fuel oil, and coal as its primary fuel materials. The Company believes that adequate supplies of fuel and electricity are available at the present time, but cannot predict future availability or market prices. Where economically feasible, the Company has alternate fuel capability which helps ensure continued operation of essential processes.
The energy commodity markets have experienced and, the Company expects, will continue to experience significant price volatility. The Company manages its energy costs using various methods including supply contracts, hedging techniques, and fuel switching.
Some of the Companys major brand names used in its principal business segments are mentioned in the discussion above. The Company regards consumer recognition of and loyalty to all of its brand names and trademarks as extremely important to the long-term success of its principal business segments. The Company owns rights to its principal brand names and trademarks in perpetuity.
The Company is involved in a number of research activities relating to the development of new products or services or the improvement of existing products or services. The dollar amounts expended by the Company during the past three years on such research activities and the number of employees engaged full time therein during such period, however, are not considered to be material in relation to the total business of the Company.
All of the Companys facilities are subject to federal, state, and local environmental protection laws and regulations, and the Company is operating within existing laws and regulations or is taking action aimed at assuring compliance therewith. Various proactive strategies are utilized to help assure this compliance. Compliance with such laws and regulations is not expected to materially affect the Companys capital expenditures, earnings, or competitive position. The Company has devoted considerable effort to research, development, and engineering of innovative and cost effective systems to minimize effects on the environment from its operating facilities.
These projects, coupled with the Companys Environmental Management System and an overall Company emphasis on pollution prevention and resource conservation initiatives, are improving efficiencies and creating saleable by-products from residuals. They have generally facilitated lower cost operating systems while reducing the impact to air, water, and land.
The states of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Vermont have adopted certain restrictive packaging laws and regulations for beverages that require deposits on packages. ABI continues to do business in these states. While such laws have not had a significant effect on ABIs market share, they have resulted in significantly higher beer prices over and above the cost of the deposit in those states that have adopted container deposit laws as well as had an adverse impact on beer industry growth in those states. The Company considers deposit laws to be inflationary, costly, and inefficient for recycling packaging materials. Congress and a number of additional states continue to consider similar legislation, the adoption of which might require the Company to incur significant capital expenditures to comply as some proposed container deposit laws would require the use of returnable, reusable bottles. As a result, the Company would be required to acquire equipment to receive, sort, inspect and clean bottles.
As of December 31, 2006, the Company had approximately 30,183 full-time employees worldwide. Within the United States approximately 8,214 employees were represented by the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters. The labor agreement between ABI and the Teamsters, which represents the majority of the domestic brewery workers, expires February 28, 2009. Approximately 7,788 international employees of the Company are members of other worker organizations (the vast majority of which are not subject to collective bargaining agreements).
The Company considers its employee relations to be good.
The Company maintains a website on the World Wide Web at www.anheuser-busch.com. The Company makes available, free of charge, on its website its annual reports on Forms 10-K, quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q, current reports on Forms 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. The Companys reports filed with, or furnished to, the SEC are also available on the SECs website at www.sec.gov.
Anheuser-Busch makes forward-looking statements in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in other oral or written communications. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from those indicated (both favorably and unfavorably). These risks and uncertainties include (but are not limited to) the risks described below. Anheuser-Busch undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Increased competitive pressures may reduce revenues or increase costs.
Anheuser-Busch faces competition in each business from alternative providers of the products we offer. For example:
Competition may divert consumers and customers from the Anheuser-Busch products. In order to respond to competition, Anheuser-Busch may need to change the prices of products or incur additional costs to introduce new packages or products. Innovation faces inherent risks, and the new products we introduce may not be successful.
Changes in consumer tastes and preferences could reduce demand for the Anheuser-Busch products.
The success of Anheuser-Busch depends on satisfying consumer tastes and preferences with our beverage products, our container products and our theme park offerings. Consumer preferences can change in unpredictable ways, and consumers may begin to prefer the products of competitors or may generally reduce their demand for products in the category. In order to respond to changes in consumer preferences, Anheuser-Busch may need to increase and enhance the marketing of existing products, change the pricing of existing products or introduce new products and services. Each response might affect financial results.
Increases in raw material and commodity prices could increase operating costs.
The Anheuser-Busch malt beverage products require various agricultural products. Anheuser-Busch also uses aluminum cansheet to manufacture beverage cans and lids, glass bottles as containers for malt beverages and natural gas, fuel oil and coal as primary fuel materials. Raw materials and commodities are subject to price volatility caused by market fluctuations, including the quality and availability of supply, weather, currency fluctuations, trade agreements among producing and consuming nations, consumer demand and changes in governmental programs. To some extent, derivative financial instruments and supply agreements can protect against increases in materials and commodities costs, but they do not provide complete protection over the longer term. Anheuser-Busch might be able to raise prices to offset increases in costs, but price increases can reduce sales volumes. If Anheuser-Busch is not able to increase prices to offset cost increases or if price increases reduce sales volumes, financial results would be adversely affected.
Anheuser-Busch is subject to risks associated with international operations.
Anheuser-Busch has significant international operations and the profitable expansion of the international business is a long term goal. Anheuser-Busch has equity investments in brewers in China and Mexico, owns breweries in China and the United Kingdom and sells malt beverages globally. Although Anheuser-Busch does not significantly compete in the Mexican beer market, a significant change in Modelos business could have a material effect on the Companys reported net income and earnings per share.
The international operations are subject to the inherent risks of international business, such as:
An increase in beer excise taxes or other taxes could adversely affect financial results.
Anheuser-Busch is affected by federal, foreign, state and local income and other taxes, particularly beer excise taxes which are levied both by the federal, foreign and state governments. Proposals are made from time to time to increase beer excise taxes in a variety of states. In addition, Anheuser-Busch is subject to periodic audits and examinations by the Internal Revenue Service and other foreign, state and local taxing authorities. An increase in taxes or an adverse determination by a taxing authority could adversely affect financial results.
Governmental regulation could affect our operations or increase costs.
All of the Anheuser-Busch businesses are subject to governmental regulation. The Anheuser-Busch domestic beer business and its wholesalers are especially subject to extensive regulation at the federal, state and local levels. Permits, licenses and approvals necessary to the domestic beer business are required from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the United States Treasury Department, state alcohol beverage regulatory agencies in the states in which we sell or produce products and local authorities in some jurisdictions in which we sell products. Compliance with these laws and regulations can be costly.
Anheuser-Busch may be subject to claims that we have not complied with existing laws and regulations, which could result in fines and penalties. Anheuser-Busch is routinely subject to new or modified laws and regulations with which we must comply in order to avoid fines and other penalties and which may affect
operations. From time to time, new laws and regulations are proposed that would affect operations, affect the distribution of the Anheuser-Busch products by its wholesalers, or increase expenses.
Anheuser-Busch is subject to litigation directed at the alcohol beverage industry and other litigation.
Anheuser-Busch and many other brewers and distilled spirits manufacturers have been sued in several courts regarding advertising practices and underage consumption. The suits allege that the defendants marketed products to underage consumers. The suits purport to be class actions and seek unspecified money damages and equitable remedies. We believe we have meritorious defenses and will defend ourselves vigorously in these actions.
Anheuser-Busch is now, and may in the future be, a party to other legal proceedings and claims, and significant damages may be asserted against us. Given the inherent uncertainty of litigation, it is possible that Anheuser-Busch might incur liabilities as a consequence of the proceedings and claims.
Anheuser-Busch may make acquisitions, investments and joint venture and similar arrangements, which are risky.
Anheuser-Busch has in the past and may in the future desire to make acquisitions of, investments in, and joint venture and similar arrangements with other companies to increase shareholder value. These transactions cannot occur unless we can identify suitable candidates and agree on terms with them. After completion of a transaction, we may be required to integrate acquired businesses or operations into our existing operations. An inability to successfully complete transactions or successfully integrate acquired operations may affect our profitability.
The loss of an important supplier could adversely affect operations and financial results.
For certain packaging supplies, raw materials and commodities, we rely on a small number of important suppliers. If these suppliers became unable to continue to meet our requirements, and we could not develop alternative sources of supply, our operations and financial results could be adversely affected.
Anheuser-Busch relies on its wholesalers.
In the United States, Anheuser-Busch sells substantially all of its beer to independent wholesalers for distribution to retailers and ultimately consumers. In 2007, Anheuser-Busch was appointed as the United States importer for a number of the premium European brands of InBev. Many of the wholesalers of these brands have not traditionally been wholesalers for Anheuser-Busch. As independent companies, wholesalers make their own business decisions that may not always align themselves with our interests. If the Anheuser-Busch wholesalers do not effectively distribute our products, our financial results could be adversely affected.
If we are unable to maintain the image and reputation of our products, our operations and financial results may suffer.
Anheuser-Buschs success depends on our ability to maintain and increase the image and reputation of our existing products and to develop a favorable image and reputation for new products. The image and reputation of our products may be reduced in the future; concerns about product quality, even when unfounded, could tarnish the image and reputation of our products. Restoring the image and reputation of our products may be costly and may not be possible.
The Anheuser-Busch businesses are subject to a number of other miscellaneous risks that may adversely affect financial results.
Other miscellaneous risks include:
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2. Properties
ABI has twelve breweries in operation at the present time, located in St. Louis, Missouri; Newark, New Jersey; Los Angeles and Fairfield, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Merrimack, New Hampshire; Williamsburg, Virginia; Baldwinsville, New York; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Cartersville, Georgia. Title to the Baldwinsville, New York brewery is held by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) pursuant to a Sale and Agency Agreement with ABI, which enabled OCIDA to issue tax exempt pollution control and industrial development revenue notes and bonds to finance a portion of the cost to purchase and modify the brewery. The brewery is not pledged or mortgaged to secure any of the notes or bonds, and the Sale and Agency Agreement with OCIDA gives ABI the unconditional right to require at any time that title to the brewery be transferred to ABI. ABIs breweries operated at approximately 92% of capacity in 2006; during portions of the peak selling periods (second and third quarters), they operated at close to maximum capacity.
The Company also owns a 97% equity interest in a joint venture that owns and operates a brewery in Wuhan, China. The Company also leases and operates the Stag Brewery near London, England. With its acquisition of Harbin Brewery Group, the Company now has thirteen breweries in northeast China. There are two breweries located in Harbin and one in each of Hailun, Yongji County (Jilin Province), Hegang, Changchun, Mudanjiang, Jiamusi, Daqing, Jinzhou, Tangshan, Shenyang, and Yanji.
The Company, through wholly-owned subsidiaries, operates malt plants in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Moorhead, Minnesota, and Idaho Falls, Idaho; rice mills in Jonesboro, Arkansas and Woodland, California; hop farms in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Huell, Germany; can manufacturing plants in Jacksonville, Florida, Columbus, Ohio, Arnold, Missouri, Windsor, Colorado, Newburgh, New York, Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, Rome, Georgia, and Mira Loma, California; can lid manufacturing plants in Gainesville, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Riverside, California; a label plant in Clarksville, Tennessee; a crown and closure liner material plant in Bridgeton, Missouri; and an aluminum and plastic recycling plant in Hayward, California. The Company operates a glass manufacturing plant in Jacinto City, Texas.
BEC operates its principal family entertainment facilities in Tampa, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; San Diego, California; Orlando, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas. The Tampa facility is 336 acres, the Williamsburg
facility is 323 acres, the San Diego facility is 166 acres, the Orlando facility is 247 acres, and the San Antonio facility is 316 acres.
Except for the Baldwinsville brewery, the can manufacturing plants in Newburgh, New York, the SeaWorld park in San Diego, California, the Stag Brewery, the brewery in Wuhan, China, and certain of the breweries owned by Harbin Brewery Group, all of the Companys principal properties are owned in fee. The lease for the land used by the SeaWorld park in San Diego, California expires in 2048. The Company leases the Stag Brewery from Scottish & Newcastle. In 1995, the joint venture that operates the brewery in Wuhan was granted the right to use the property for a period of 50 years from the appropriate governmental authorities. The Company considers its buildings, improvements, and equipment to be well maintained and in good condition, irrespective of dates of initial construction, and adequate to meet the operating demands placed upon them. The production capacity of each of the manufacturing facilities is adequate for current needs and, except as described above, substantially all of each facilitys capacity is utilized.
The Company has been served with complaints in putative class action lawsuits in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In these suits, which name a large number of other brewers and distillers, the parents of illegal underage drinkers are suing to recover sums that their offspring purportedly spent illegally buying alcohol from persons or entities other than the defendants. The claims asserted against the Company vary depending on the suit, but include negligence, unjust enrichment, violation of the States Sales Practices Act or other statutory provisions, nuisance, fraudulent concealment and civil conspiracy. The suit filed in Michigan includes a claim under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. Each suit seeks money damages, punitive damages and injunctive and equitable relief, including so-called disgorgement of profits allegedly attributable to illegal underage drinking. The defendants removed the Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan cases to federal court in 2005; the Wisconsin case remains in state court. The defendants filed motions to dismiss each of these cases, and in 2006 the courts granted these motions, dismissing each of these cases with prejudice. The plaintiffs appealed these dismissals and their appeals are currently pending. The Michigan and Ohio cases are consolidated before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the West Virginia case is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Wisconsin case is pending before the Wisconsin State Court of Appeals. Similar actions had been filed by the same law firm in New York and Florida, but none of the defendants was ever served in either case and the plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed both cases without prejudice. The Company also had won from a California trial court dismissal in 2005 of a similar class action on behalf of illegal underage drinkers filed by a different law firm, and in August, 2006, the plaintiffs in that suit voluntarily discontinued their appeal, making the dismissal in the Companys favor a final judgment. The Company believes that it has strong legal and factual defenses to the remaining class actions and intends to defend itself vigorously.
On September 19, 2006, one of the Companys cansheet suppliers, Novelis Corporation (Novelis), instituted a lawsuit seeking relief from continued performance of its obligations under its cansheet supply agreement with the Company. The Company has instituted a declaratory judgment action requesting a finding that Novelis is required to continue to comply with its obligations under the agreement. These actions are being heard in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio. The Company believes that the assertions of Novelis are without merit, intends to vigorously defend its rights under the cansheet supply agreement and expects to prevail in the litigation.
The Company is not a party to any other pending or threatened litigation, the outcome of which could be expected to have a material adverse effect upon its financial condition, its results of operations or cash flows.
There were no matters submitted to a vote of security holders, through the solicitation of proxies or otherwise, during the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006.
AUGUST A. BUSCH IV (age 42) is presently President and Chief Executive and a Director of the Company and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since December 1, 2006 and as a Director since September 2006. He previously served as Vice President and Group Executive of the Company (2000-November 30, 2006). He is also presently Chairman of the Board (since December, 2006) and President (since 2002) of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated and had previously served as its Group Vice President-Marketing and Wholesale Operations (2000-2002).
W. RANDOLPH BAKER (age 60) is presently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and has served in such capacity since 1996.
THOMAS W. SANTEL (age 48) is presently Vice President-Corporate Development of the Company and has served in such capacity since 1996.
STEPHEN J. BURROWS (age 55) is presently Vice President-International Operations of the Company and has served in such capacity since 1999. He is also presently Chief Executive Officer and President of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch International, Inc., and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1999 and as President since 1994.
MARK T. BOBAK (age 47) is presently Group Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and has served in that capacity since 2004. He had previously served as Vice President-Corporate Human Resources (2000-2004).
DOUGLAS J. MUHLEMAN (age 52) is presently Group Vice President-Brewing Operations and Technology of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated, and has served in such capacity since 2001. He also serves as Chairman of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch Packaging, Inc. (since December 2006) and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Companys subsidiary, Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc. (since December 2006).
FRANCINE I. KATZ (age 48) is presently Vice President-Communications and Consumer Affairs of the Company and has served in such capacity since 2004. She previously served as its Vice President-Corporate Communications (2002-2004) and Vice President-Consumer Affairs (1999-2002).
KEITH M. KASEN (age 63) is presently Chairman of the Board and President of the Companys subsidiary, Busch Entertainment Corporation, and has served in such capacities since 2003. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Florida (2000-2003).
JOSEPH P. CASTELLANO (age 53) is presently Vice President-Corporate Human Resources of the Company and has served in such capacity since 2004. He previously served as Vice President-Retail Marketing (2001-2004) of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated.
MICHAEL J. OWENS (age 52) is presently Vice President-Marketing of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated (ABI) and has served in such capacity since 2006. He previously served as Vice President-Sales and Marketing (2004-2005) and Vice President-Sales (2001-2004) of ABI.
ANTHONY T. PONTURO (age 54) is presently Vice President-Global Media and Sports Marketing of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated and has served in such capacity since 1998.
JOHN F. KELLY (age 50) is presently Vice President and Controller of the Company and has served in such capacity since 1996.
MARLENE V. COULIS (age 45) is presently Vice President-Brand Management of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated (ABI) and has served in such capacity since August 2005. She previously served as Vice President-Research and Customer Satisfaction (March 2005-August 2005), Vice President-Geographic Marketing (April 2004-March 2005) and Director-New Products (2001-2004) of ABI.
DAVID A. PEACOCK (age 38) is presently Vice President-Business Operations of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated (ABI) and has served in such capacity since December 2006. He
previously served as Vice President-Business and Finance Operations (June 2006-November 2006), Vice President-Administration (July 2004-2006) and Director of Operations-Presidents Office (2002-2004) of ABI.
ROBERT C. LACHKY (age 53) is presently Executive Vice President-Global Industry Development of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated (ABI) and has served in such capacity since August 2005. He previously served as Vice President-Brand Management (2001-July 2005) of ABI.
MICHAEL S. HARDING (age 55) is presently Chief Executive Officer and President of the Companys direct subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch Packaging Group, Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Companys direct subsidiaries, Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation, Metal Container Corporation, Eagle Packaging, Inc., Precision Printing and Packaging, Inc. and Glass Container Corporation (doing business as Longhorn Glass Corporation), and has served in all such capacities since December 2006. He previously served as Vice President-Operations of the Companys subsidiary, Anheuser-Busch, Incorporated (2001-2006).
The information required by Items 5 (except as set forth below), 6, 7, 7A, and 8 of this Part II are hereby incorporated by reference from pages 26 through 65 of the Companys 2006 Annual Report to Shareholders.
Following are the Companys common stock purchases during the fourth quarter of 2006 (shares in millions):
All shares are repurchased under authorization by the Companys Board of Directors. The Board authorized a new program to repurchase 100 million shares in December 2006; this program follows a similar 100 million share program authorized in March 2003. There is no prescribed termination date for this program. The figures shown include shares delivered to the Company to exercise stock options.
*** Compound Annual Growth Rate
Item 6. Selected Financial Data
Item 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
It is the responsibility of the chief executive officer and chief financial officer to ensure the Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures designed to provide reasonable assurance that material information, both financial and non-financial, and other information required under the securities laws to be disclosed is identified and communicated to senior management on a timely basis. The Companys disclosure controls and procedures include mandatory communication of material subsidiary events, automated accounting processing and reporting, management review of monthly and quarterly results, periodic subsidiary business reviews, an established system of internal controls and rotating internal control reviews by the Companys internal auditors.
The chief executive officer and chief financial officer evaluated the Companys disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the year ended December 31, 2006 and have concluded that they are effective as of December 31, 2006 in providing reasonable assurance that such information is identified and communicated on a timely basis. Additionally, there were no changes in the Companys internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended December 31, 2006 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Companys internal control over financial reporting.
Managements Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting appears on page 41 of the 2006 Annual Report to Shareholders, which is incorporated by reference. The Report of the Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting appears on page 42 of the 2006 Annual Report to Shareholders, which is incorporated by reference.
Item 9B. Other Information.
The information required by this Item is hereby incorporated by reference from the sections entitled Information Concerning the Election of Directors, Additional Information Concerning the Board of Directors of the Company, Audit Committee, Certain Business Relationships and Transactions, Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance, and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics of the Companys Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 25, 2007 (the 2007 Proxy) and on pages 15 through 16 of this Form 10-K.
The information required by this Item is hereby incorporated by reference from the sections entitled Director Compensation, Executive Compensation (entire section including all sections thereunder beginning with Compensation Discussion and Analysis Report through Equity Compensation Plan), Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation, and Report of the Compensation Committee of the 2007 Proxy.
The information required by this Item hereby is incorporated by reference from the sections entitled Stock Ownership by Directors and Executive Officers and Equity Compensation Plans of the 2007 Proxy.
The information required by this Item is hereby incorporated by reference from the sections entitled Additional Information Concerning the Board of Directors of the Company, Committees of the Board and Certain Business Relationships and Transactions of the 2007 Proxy.
The information required by this Item is hereby incorporated by reference from the section entitled Fees Paid to PricewaterhouseCoopers of the 2007 Proxy.
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
(a) The following documents are filed as part of this report:
*A management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement required to be filed by Item 15(c) of this report.
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: March 1, 2007
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
Principal Executive Officer:
Principal Financial Officer:
Principal Accounting Officer:
/s/ W. RANDOLPH BAKER
Date: March 1, 2007
* by power of attorney
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All other Financial Statement Schedules are omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes.
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To the Board of Directors
Our audits of the consolidated financial statements, of managements assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting and of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting referred to in our report dated February 28, 2007 appearing in the 2006 Annual Report to Shareholders of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (which report, consolidated financial statements and assessment are incorporated by reference in this Annual Report on Form 10-K) also included an audit of the financial statement schedule listed in Item 15(a)(2) of this Form 10-K. In our opinion, this financial statement schedule presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements.
St. Louis, MO
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