For the fourth quarter, the Coors Light brewer posted adjusted net income of $108.4 million, or $1.24 a share. That compares with pro forma income of $54 million, or 63 cents a share, last year. Analysts were looking for 94 cents a share in adjusted profit, according to Thomson First Call.
Sales for the quarter were $1.53 billion, up from $1.38 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Analysts' consensus called for $1.42 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter.
For the full year, Molson Golden maker had pro forma earnings were $369 million, or $4.26 a share, compared with $291.9 million, or $3.43 a share, in 2005. Net sales for the year reached $5.84 billion, up from $5.5 billion in the previous year.
"We finished 2006 with even stronger brands, positive pricing, cost savings that exceeded our goals for the year, double-digit earnings growth and strong cash generation," CEO Leo Kiely said in a press release.
"Looking ahead, we feel good about the underlying strength of our company as we strive to make even more progress in 2007," Kiely added.
Molson shares rose $2.45, or 3%, to $84.92 in early trading Thursday.