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Tuesday 26 June, 2012


Annual Financial Report

RNS Number : 1493G
26 June 2012


26 June 2012


SABMiller plc


Annual Financial Report


SABMiller plc has today submitted a copy of the 2012 Annual Report and Accounts, Notice of the 2012 Annual General Meeting and Shareholder Proxy Form (UK) to the National Storage Mechanism and they will shortly be available for inspection at


The Annual Report and Notice of Annual General Meeting are also available on the Company's website 


SABMiller plc's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 26 July 2012 at Pennyhill Park Hotel, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey GU19 5EU.


A condensed set of SABMiller's financial statements and information on important events that have occurred during the financial year and their impact on the financial statements were included in SABMiller's preliminary results announcement released on 24 May 2012. That information, together with the information set out below, which is extracted from the 2012 Annual Report, constitutes the material required by Disclosure and Transparency Rule 6.3.5 to be communicated to the media in unedited full text through a Regulatory Information Service. This announcement is not a substitute for reading the full 2012 Annual Report. Page numbers and cross-references in the extracted information below refer to page numbers and sections in the 2012 Annual Report.




Principal risks

Monitoring and managing the risks we face

The principal risks facing the group and considered by the board are detailed below. The group's comprehensive risk management process is described in the corporate governance section while financial risks are discussed in the Chief Financial Officer's review and in note 23 to the consolidated financial statements.


Principal risk


Specific risks we face

Possible impact


Associated strategic priorities

Industry consolidation

The global brewing and beverages industry is expected to continue to consolidate. There will continue to be opportunities to enter attractive growth markets, to realise synergy benefits from integration and to leverage our global scale.

• Failing to participate in value-adding transactions.

• Paying too much to acquire a business.

• Not implementing integration plans successfully.

Lower growth rate, profitability and financial returns.

• Potential transactions are subject to rigorous analysis. Only opportunities with potential to create value are pursued.

• Proven integration processes, procedures and practices are applied to ensure delivery of expected returns.

• Activities to deliver synergies and leverage scale are in place, monitored closely and continuously enhanced.

• Develop non-traditional capabilities to enter and grow profitably in new markets.

• Creating a balanced and attractive global spread of businesses.

• Constantly raising the profitability of local businesses, sustainably.

Change in consumer preferences


Consumer tastes and behaviours are constantly evolving, and at an increasingly rapid rate. Competition in the beverage industry is expanding and becoming more fragmented, complex and sophisticated.

• Failing to ensure the strength and relevance of our brands with consumers and customers.

• Failing to respond in an adequate and timely manner to rapidly changing consumer preferences and behaviours.

• Failing to continue to improve our commercial

capabilities to deliver brand propositions that meet consumer, shopper and customer needs.

Market positions come under pressure, lower top-line growth rates and profitability.

Ongoing evaluation of our brand portfolios in every market to ensure that they target current and future opportunities for profitable growth.

• Building our brand equities through innovation and compelling marketing programmes.

• Ensuring we have deep understanding of changing consumer and industry dynamics in key markets, enabling us to respond appropriately to issues which may impact our business performance.

• Continued enhancement of the SABMiller Marketing Way which sets out the best-practice approach for our commercial processes.

• Focus on monitoring and benchmarking commercial performance and developing the critical commercial capabilities that are required in order to win in local markets.

Developing strong, relevant brand portfolios that win in the local market.

• Constantly raising the profitability of local businesses, sustainably.

• Leveraging our skills and global scale.

Management capability

We believe that our people are our enduring advantage and therefore it is essential that we develop and maintain global management capability.

• Failing to identify, develop and retain a sufficient pipeline of talented managers for the present and future needs of the group.

Lower long-term profitable growth.

• Further develop our leadership talent pipeline through our Global Talent Management model and strategic people resourcing.

• Sustaining a strong culture of accountability, empowerment and personal development.

• Standardisation of key processes and best practices across the group through the roll-out of the SABMiller Ways.

• Recognising strong performance through appropriate reward structures.

• Developing strong, relevant brand portfolios that win in the local market.

• Constantly raising the profitability of local businesses, sustainably.

• Leveraging our skills and global scale.

Regulatory changes

With increasing and high-profile debate over alcohol consumption in many markets, the alcohol industry is coming under increasing pressure from national and international regulators, NGOs and tax authorities.

• Regulation places increasing restrictions on the availability and marketing of beer.

• Tax and excise changes cause pressure on pricing.

Lower growth, profitability and contribution to local communities in some countries.

• Rigorous adherence to the principle of self-regulation backed by appropriate policies and management review.

• Constructive engagement with government and all external stakeholders on alcohol-related issues.

• Investment to improve the economic and social impact of our businesses in local communities and working in partnership with local governments and NGOs.

• Creating a balanced and attractive global spread of businesses.

• Developing strong, relevant brand portfolios that win in the local market.

• Constantly raising the profitability of local businesses, sustainably.


of Foster's

Following the Foster's acquisition, we have committed to delivering an integration plan with value creation defined by specific, communicated medium-term targets, synergies and cost savings from the Foster's business.

• Failing to deliver integration objectives and commercial and operational excellence targets communicated as part of the integration plan.

• Failing to achieve the synergy and cost saving commitments of the transaction.

Lower growth rates and profitability. Damage to our reputation for strong commercial capability and for making value-creating acquisitions.

• Embedding of the SABMiller Ways (processes, systems and tools) throughout the Foster's business.

• Ongoing monitoring of progress versus the integration plan, including frequent and regular tracking of key performance indicators.

Creating a balanced and attractive global spread of businesses.

• Developing strong, relevant brand portfolios that win in the local market.

• Constantly raising the profitability of local businesses, sustainably.

• Leveraging our skills and global scale.

Delivering business transformation


The group continues to execute a major business capability programme that will simplify processes, reduce costs and allow local management teams to focus more closely on their markets.

• Failing to derive the expected benefits from the projects currently under way.

• Failing to contain programme costs or ensure execution is in line with planned timelines.

Increased programme costs, delays in benefit realisation, business disruption.

• Senior leadership closely involved in monitoring progress and in making key decisions.

• Mechanisms in place to track both costs and benefits.

• Rigorous programme management and governance processes with dedicated resources and clear accountability.

• Constantly raising the profitability of local businesses, sustainably.

• Leveraging our skills and global scale.





Note 33 to the consolidated financial statements on page 160 details the following related party transactions.


33. Related party transactions


a. Parties with significant influence over the group: Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) and the Santo Domingo Group (SDG)


Altria is considered to be a related party of the group by virtue of its 27.0% equity shareholding. There were no transactions with Altria during the year.


SDG is considered to be a related party of the group by virtue of its 14.1% equity shareholding in SABMiller plc. During the year the group made a donation of US$33 million to the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo (2011: US$32 million), pursuant to the contractual arrangements entered into at the time of the Bavaria transaction in 2005, under which it was agreed that the proceeds of the sale of surplus non-operating property assets owned by Bavaria SA and its subsidiaries would be donated to various charities, including the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. At 31 March 2012 US$nil (2011: US$nil) was owing to the SDG.


b. Associates and joint ventures


Details relating to transactions with associates and joint ventures are analysed below.






Purchases from associates1

Purchases from joint ventures2

Sales to associates3

Sales to joint ventures4

Dividends receivable from associates5

Dividends received from joint ventures6

Royalties received from associates7

Royalties received from joint ventures8

Management fees and other recoveries received from associates9

Management and guarantee fees paid to joint ventures10






















1 The group purchased canned Coca-Cola products for resale from Coca-Cola Canners of Southern Africa (Pty) Limited (Coca-Cola Canners); inventory from Distell Group Ltd (Distell) and Associated Fruit Processors (Pty) Ltd (AFP); and accommodation from Tsogo Sun Holdings (Pty) Ltd (Tsogo Sun), all in South Africa.

2 The group purchased lager from MillerCoors LLC (MillerCoors).

3 The group made sales of lager to Tsogo Sun, Empresa de Cervejas N'Gola SARL (ECN), Societe des Brasseries et Glacieres Internationales and Brasseries Internationales Holding Ltd (Castel), Delta Corporation Ltd (Delta) and Distell.

4 The group made sales to MillerCoors and Pacific Beverages.

5 The group had dividends receivable from Castel of US$61 million (2011: US$39 million), Kenya Breweries Ltd US$9 million (2011: US$14 million), CocaCola Canners US$6 million (2011: US$5 million), Distell US$22 million (2011: US$21 million), Tsogo Sun US$41 million (2011: US$3 million), ECN US$nil (2011: US$3 million), Delta US$3 million (2011: US$2 million), Grolsch (UK) Ltd of US$2 million (2011: US$2 million) and International Trade and Supply Limited of US$6 million (2011: US$nil).

6 The group received dividends from MillerCoors.

7 The group received royalties from Delta, Kenya Breweries Ltd and Anadolu Efes.

8 The group received royalties from MillerCoors and Pacific Beverages.

9 The group received management fees from ECN and Delta, and other recoveries from AFP.

10 The group paid management fees to MillerCoors.


At 31 March





Amounts owed by associates - trade1

Amounts owed by associates - loans2

Amounts owed by joint ventures3

Amounts owed to associates4

Amounts owed to joint ventures5












1 Amounts owed by AFP, Delta, BIH Angola and Anadolu Efes.

2 Amounts owed by BIH Angola.

3 Amounts owed by MillerCoors and in the prior year also Pacific Beverages.

4 Amounts owed to Coca-Cola Canners and Tsogo Sun.

5 Amounts owed to MillerCoors.


Amounts owed by associates include balances with BIH Angola and Anadolu Efes which were previously intra-group balances with former group subsidiaries in Angola, Russia and Ukraine.



c. Transactions with key management


The group has a related party relationship with the directors of the group and members of the excom as key management. At 31 March 2012 there were 27 (2011: 24) members of key management. Key management compensation is provided in note 6c.





The directors are responsible for preparing the consolidated financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.


Company law requires the directors to prepare consolidated financial statements for each financial year. The directors have prepared the consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union. The consolidated financial statements are required by law to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the group and of the profit or loss of the group for that year.


In preparing those financial statements, the directors are required to:


• select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

• make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

• state that the financial statements comply with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union; and

• prepare the consolidated financial statements on the going concern basis, unless it is inappropriate to presume that the group will continue in business, in which case there should be supporting assumptions or qualifications as necessary.


The directors confirm that they have complied with the above requirements in preparing the financial statements.


The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the group and to enable them to ensure that the consolidated financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006 and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the group and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.


Each of the directors, whose names and functions are listed in the Governance section of the Annual Report, confirms that, to the best of their knowledge:


• the consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the group; and

• the directors' report contained in the Governance section of the Annual Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the group, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that it faces.


In addition, the Companies Act 2006 requires directors to provide the group's auditors with every opportunity to take whatever steps and undertake whatever inspections the auditors consider to be appropriate for the purpose of enabling them to give their audit report. Each of the directors, having made appropriate enquiries, confirms that:


• so far as the director is aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the group's auditors are unaware; and

• each director has taken all the steps that they ought to have taken as a director in order to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the group's auditors are aware of that information.


The directors have reviewed the group's budget and cash flow forecasts. On the basis of this review, and in the light of the current financial position and existing borrowing facilities, the directors are satisfied that SABMiller plc is a going concern and have continued to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.


A copy of the financial statements of the group is placed on the company's website. The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of statutory and audited information on the company's website. Information published on the internet is accessible in many countries with different legal requirements. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.




John Davidson

General Counsel and Group Company Secretary




This document does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire ordinary shares in the capital of SABMiller plc (the "company") or any other securities of the company in any jurisdiction or an inducement to enter into investment activity.


This document is intended to provide information to shareholders.  It should not be relied upon by any other party or for any other purpose. This document includes 'forward-looking statements' with respect to certain of SABMiller plc's plans, current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition, performance and results. These statements contain the words 'anticipate', 'believe', 'intend', 'estimate', 'expect' and words of similar meaning.

All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this document, including, without limitation, those regarding the company's financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to the company's products and services) are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forwardlooking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding the company's present and future business strategies and the environment in which the company will operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this document. Factors which may cause differences between actual results and those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: material adverse changes in the economic and business conditions in the markets which SABMiller operates; increased competition

and consolidation within the global brewing and beverages industry; changes in consumer preferences; changes to the regulatory environment; failure to deliver the integration and cost-saving objectives in relation to the Foster's acquisition; failure to derive the expected benefits from the business capability programme; and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates. The company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. The past business and financial performance of SABMiller plc is not to be relied on as an indication of its future performance.






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