|For Immediate Release||18 July 2022|
Coca-Cola Bottling Businesses in Vietnam and Cambodia
HONG KONG - 18th July 2022 - Swire Coca-Cola Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited (HKSE: 00019/00087), today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Coca-Cola subsidiaries with bottling businessesin Vietnam and Cambodia.
The transactions will be Swire Coca-Cola's first investments in South East Asia, giving Swire Coca-Cola a leading position in one of the world's fastest growing beverage markets. After closing, Swire Coca-Cola will own and operate Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Ltd., which has three bottling facilities in Vietnam and Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd., which has one bottling facility in Cambodia. Upon completion of the acquisition, Swire Coca-Cola's franchise population will expand by 15% to 876 million people.
"This acquisition marks a major milestone for Swire Coca-Cola, significantly expanding our operating footprint and population served to a new region," said Patrick Healy, Chairman of Swire Coca-Cola. "We have been investing in building a world-class bottling system over the past 57 years. This expansion of territories is part of a broader strategy to expand the global scale, volume and revenues of our bottling business."
The bottlers are currently the number one sparkling beverage players in Vietnam and Cambodia. With young demographics, robust urbanisation trends and pre-pandemic GDP growth of over 7% per year1, Vietnam and Cambodia open up significant opportunities for Swire Coca-Cola.
"As a long-term strategic partner with Coca-Cola, we are delighted to be expanding our relationship through this acquisition and excited by the enormous growth potential of the non alcoholic beverage markets in Vietnam and Cambodia, which are valued at over US$6 billion2 and forecast to grow at over 6% CAGR3 until 2036," said Karen So, Managing Director of Swire Coca-Cola. "With our successful refranchising experience in the USA and Chinese Mainland between 2014 and 2017, I am confident that our continuous commitment to excellence will help capture the opportunities that these dynamic markets will bring. We look forward to the next exciting chapter in our history as we make our first foray into South East Asia."
About Swire Coca-Cola Limited
Swire Coca-Cola is a division of Swire Pacific Limited, which is a listed company on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 00019/ 00087). As the fifth largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world by volume, Swire Coca-Cola has the exclusive right to manufacture, market and distribute products of The Coca-Cola Company in 11 provinces and the Shanghai Municipality of the Chinese Mainland and in Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan Region and 13 states of the USA. Swire Coca-Cola's relationship with Coca-Cola began in 1965, with the acquisition by Swire of a majority shareholding in the Hong Kong bottling company. Swire Coca Cola manufactures over 60 beverage brands and distributes them to a franchise population of over 760 million people.
Visit Swire Coca-Cola's website at www.swirecocacola.com.
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|Data Sources:||1 2018 & 2019 - World Bank|
|3 Roland Berger|