2014-03-06 01:03:01 - Beverages - Industry Analysis - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com
The Beverage Industry is a mature sector and includes companies that market nonalcoholic and alcoholic items. Since growth opportunities are limited, many members of the industry endeavor to diversify their offerings to better compete and gain share. Too, they may pursue lucrative distribution arrangements and/or acquisitions to expand their operations and geographic reach. Most equities in this group are suitable for conservative investors. The largest companies offer reliable dividends, with regular increases, and above-average Stock Price Stability. There are a few selections for those that are more venturesome. Such issues might serve a particular market niche, for example, energy drinks or developing overseas markets. Generally, the group turns in a steady performance throughout the business cycle, but it will
suffer in the most stressful of economic times. Both the nonalcoholic and alcoholic sides of the Beverage Industry are dominated by a few sizeable players and competition among them is often intense. Changing consumer tastes adds to operating uncertainty. Pricing and margins frequently come under pressure. Also, volatile commodity costs will challenge managements to protect profitability. Good operating efficiency and cost-control practices, mostly on an ongoing basis, are important. Notably, the companies take care to hedge raw material (e.g., aluminum and carbon dioxide) purchases. Missteps in reading the trends of ingredient prices can have a measurable negative impact on earnings. We find that beverage makers with the most established brands produce the widest operating and net income margins.
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