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Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP)(TSX: TPX) today reported a 30.8 percent increase in worldwide beer volume, 25.3 percent higher net sales and a 17.2 percent increase in underlying after-tax income for the third quarter 2012, driven by the addition of Molson Coors Central Europe (MCCE) operations in reported results in 2012, along with positive performance in our U.S. business. Net income from continuing operations attributable to MCBC (a U.S. GAAP earnings measure) increased 1.5 percent.
Molson Coors president and chief executive officer Peter Swinburn said, “The third quarter was our first full reporting period following our Central Europe acquisition. The addition of this business provided more than $60 million of pretax earnings accretion on an underlying basis and net of related interest expense. Strong results in the U.S. also contributed to our bottom-line growth. As a result, underlying after-tax income increased more than 17 percent to $249 million, and underlying EPS grew more than 20 percent to $1.37 per share. Regionally, the U.S. had another good earnings quarter, up 16 percent, while the U.K., Canada and International business units reported lower earnings. In local currency, Central Europe underlying earnings increased nearly 16 percent in the third quarter on a pro forma basis. Nonetheless, we saw a decline in consumer demand across our businesses in the third quarter, and we expect the fourth quarter to be the most challenging of this year, with difficult profit comparisons in Canada and the UK and higher costs in the U.S. and Central Europe.”
He added “In this challenging macroeconomic climate, we have said consistently that, in addition to growing our brands, we would aggressively drive costs out of our business to provide resources to be more competitive and to grow earnings, cash and shareholder value. In the third quarter our Resources For Growth program delivered $22 million in savings, bringing total program savings to $172 million since 2010. Our share of MillerCoors results added another $12 million of cost savings in the quarter. Consistent with this strategy, in the third quarter we began a number of new initiatives to standardize and further streamline our company over the next two years. As a first step, we will combine our UK and Ireland business with our new Central Europe organization to create a single European organization, called Molson Coors Europe. We will continue to manage the export and license business in Europe, including Staropramen export, through Molson Coors International. These initiatives are designed to improve the efficiency of our organization and our processes and generate additional resources to invest behind our brands and innovation, so when our core markets do turn around, we can take full advantage of it.”