After spending much of the past six months at a less-than-impressive two-star rank, Anheuser-Busch InBev
CAPS members have had more confidence recently that InBev's acquisition of Anheuser-Busch will generate long-term value as the combined company achieved synergies of $130 million in the first quarter, bringing the total to nearly $1.5 billion to date.
Despite a respectable showing in the first quarter, the North American market was a weak spot for the company, while smaller brewers such as Boston Beer
While the North American market continues its recovery, Anheuser-Busch has been taking advantage of growth in emerging markets like Brazil and China, where it has seen increasing volumes and growth in market share. Other beverage companies have had a similar focus, as business outside North America has become increasingly important for growth at non-alcoholic beverage giants Coca-Cola
With Anheuser-Busch seeing a "good start" to the year and the expectations of strong operational performance for the full year, many CAPS members are on board with the company's improving sentiment.
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