SAO PAULO, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Companhia de Bebidas das Americas – Ambev [BOVESPA: AMBV4, AMBV3; and NYSE: ABV, ABVc] announces today its results for the 2010 fourth quarter (Q4 2010). The following financial and operating information, unless otherwise indicated, is presented in nominal Reais and prepared in accordance with International Financial and Reporting Standards (IFRS), and should be read in conjunction with our quarterly financial information for the three and twelve months period ended December 31, 2010 filed with the CVM and submitted to the SEC.
This press release segregates the impact of organic changes from those arising from changes in scope or currency translation. Scope changes represent the impact of acquisitions and divestitures other than those eliminated from the base, the start up or termination of activities or the transfer of activities between segments, curtailment gains and losses and year over year changes in accounting estimates and other assumptions that management does not consider as part of the underlying performance of the business. Unless stated, percentage changes in this press release are both organic and normalized in nature. Whenever used in this document, the term "normalized" refers to performance measures (EBITDA, EBIT, Profit, EPS) before special items. Special items are either income or expenses which do not occur regularly as part of the normal activities of the Company. They are presented separately because they are important for the understanding of the underlying sustainable performance of the Company due to their size or nature. Normalized measures are additional measures used by management and should not replace the measures determined in accordance with IFRS as indicators of the Company's performance. Comparisons, unless otherwise stated, refer to the fourth quarter of 2009 (Q4 2009). Values in this release may not add up due to rounding.
OPERATING AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Top line performance: Net sales grew 12.0% driven by volume growth as well as price increases across our regions, with Net Revenue/hl growing 9.0% in the period. Organic volume growth of 2.7% in the period was driven by a 3.6% volume growth in Brazil, 0.5% volume growth in HILA-Ex and 2.6% volume growth in Latin America South, which was partly offset by volume contraction of -5.3% in Canada.
Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) and Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses: COGS/hl increased by 5.3% mainly due to sugar hedges as well as packaging costs, which were partly offset in the quarter by gains in aluminum and barley hedges and productivity initiatives. SG&A (excl. depreciation & amortization) was in line with last year as a result of volume growth, inflation, higher logistic costs offset by lower bonus accrual and phasing of marketing and sales expenses.
EBITDA, Operating Cash generation and Profit: Our Normalized EBITDA reached R$3,822.0 million in Q4 2010, an organic growth of +19.5%, while margin expanded 310 bps in the period to 51.3%, while for the full year our Normalized EBITDA was R$11,707.0 million with a 13.5% organic growth and a 10bps margin expansion. Cash generated from operations in Q4 was R$4,013.7 million bringing full year to R$11,556.4 million, an increase of 9.9% as compared to same 2009 period. Our full year Normalized Profit was R$7,712.2 million (+33.2%), while our Normalized Earnings per share (EPS) grew 32.3%.
Payout and Financial discipline: We paid approximately R$4 billion in dividends and Interest on Own Capital in the quarter, totaling R$5 billion in the year. On February 28th we announced an additional R$1.8 billion dividend payment to be implemented as of March 22nd.
Financial Highlights – AmBev Consolidated
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Note: Earnings per share calculation is based on outstanding shares (total existing shares excluding shares held in treasury).
CONTACT: Rafael Martini Bueno Avila, Investor Relations, Ambev, +55-11-2122-1414
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