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Molson Coors Brewing (
TAP) operates in a different corner of the alcoholic beverage business: beer. The $9 billion brewer is one of the biggest in the world, with brands like Molson and Coors as well as Blue Moon, Keystone and Miller Lite (the latter through a joint venture with
SABMiller (SBMRY: Pink Sheets) here in the U.S.).
Molson Coors is engaged in a battle of the big boys - as the second largest brewer in Canada and the U.S., the firm primarily competes against top-rival
Anheuser Busch Inbev (
BUD) for market share. Like BEAM with its small barrel bourbon line, TAP has poured resources into the craft beer segment, the fastest-growing area in the alcoholic beverage space. While that's not likely to materially change its business, it should provide a welcome margin boost.
Beer sales tend to ebb and flow with the broad economy. In 2013, with consumer discretionary spending on the upswing, beer spending should grow in kind. For TAP specifically, the possibility of a falling dollar bodes well for the firm's large international exposure -- and its ability to hike its payout.
Right now, TAP pays a 32-cent dividend for a 2.6% yield.
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