Victor, N.Y.-based Constellation Brands reported its results for the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year.
“With sales and net income up double-digits, our first quarter results are setting the stage for fiscal 2017,” said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “We’re off to a great start due to our ability to effectively integrate and grow our recently acquired brands, increase margin across the portfolio and drive consumer demand through our best-in-class marketing and sales execution efforts for our core, higher margin premium brands. We also completed a significant expansion milestone at our Nava brewery, bringing out total current capacity to 20 million hectoliters.”
For the quarter, the company generated a consolidated net sales growth of 15 percent. Net sales for beer increased 19 percent, the company says.
“We successfully kicked off our 120 Day of Summer selling season by posting depletion growth of almost 10 percent,” Sands said. “At retail, Constellation was the No. 1 gainer in the high-end segment of the U.S. beer market.”
Wine and spirits net sales increased 8 percent, which primarily reflects the benefits of the acquisition of Meiomi and organic net sales growth on an organic constant currency basis of 3 percent driven by volume growth and favorable mix, it says. The U.S. wine business gained IRI dollar share and achieved strong earnings growth and margin expansion driven by high-end wine acquisitions and the brand’s collection of “Focus Brands,” it adds.
Consolidated reported and comparable basis operating income increased 29 percent and 21 percent respectively, the company says. Beer operating income increased 22 percent, primarily due to organic volume growth, favorable pricing and the Ballast Point acquisition. A 17 percent increase in wine and spirits operating income was a result of the Meiomi acquisition, organic volume growth and favorable mix, adds.