600573 = Beijing Yanjing Brewery
SPX = S&P 500
CARL = Carlsberg Group
HEIA = Heineken N.V
TAP = Molson Coors Brewing
ANH = Anheuser-Busch InBev --- owns Corona beer brand
(This list excludes mixed drink companies like Diageo ( DGE ).)
As can be seen in the chart above, the US and European brands all significantly underperformed the S&P 500 as a benchmark. Only the two China-based brewers have outperformed but like most share prices globally, are still down on the year.
Possible opportunities --
Opportunity A: Corona beer
Whether Corona beers retain popularity or not following the pandemic could determine whether the AB InBev share price is fairly-valued.
Opportunity B: Asia growth
Long term growth potential in Asia could be a factor in the share price performance of China-based brewers.
Asia-Pacific is the largest and one of the fastest-growing market for beer consumption, which accounts for about one-third of the global market share. Business Wire, April 9 2020
Opportunity C: Microbrewery takeovers
The pandemic could mean more microbreweries are acquired by the big brewers, giving brewers more popular brands and reduced competition.
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