BBD has been busy this morning listening to conference calls and reading over the details of the ABI - Modelo deal and the sale of Modelo's 50% stake in Crown Imports to Constellation Brands. We have consolidated the more interesting quotes from those calls below.
Several readers have inquired as to how Crown Imports will maintain pricing autonomy when ABI will control Crown's cost of goods sold (COGS) on Modelo brands. This is a good question, because Crown has eaten into A-B's sales and the narrowing price gap between Corona and domestic premiums is likely a factor. The question is at least partially answered by Constellation chief Rob Sands in a conference call this morning, who said that their contract with ABI (if the deal clears) is specific about COGS increases, to wit:
ROB SANDS ON CROWN COGS AND CONTRACT WITH ABI. "Basically, the new contract was generally designed to preserve the economics of the old contract. So in terms of how Crown will operate or the economics, there's really no significant or material changes to that. There are specific contractual provisions in the new contract with regards to Crown. Those regard to COGS increases. But again, the contract was designed to preserve the economics of our current agreement."
SANDS ON ANY CHANGES AT CROWN. "We don't really see that a lot of change is necessary. Obviously, the business is performing very well at the current time. Specifically, we have no intention of changing management. The current management team under Bill Hackett has done a great job and we certainly intend to leave that in place. And we see no change in distribution and the distribution network which has also performed very well for us. So obviously, we don't have the issue hanging over, so the 2016 date - so we'll be thinking about the beer business very much as we think about the wine and spirits business in terms of what investments make sense to drive the business for the future and achieve our strategic imperative of driving profitable organic growth."
SANDS ON PAST MODELO DISAGREEMENTS. "I think some of the disagreements between Modelo and Constellation were probably kind of natural given how the contract was set up and how both parties were looking at duration. I think part of the reason that you saw a different buyout multiple for us, meaning, buying at an 8.5 times EBIT and a different exit multiple 13 times is because ABI wants us to think like a long-term brand owner of the Corona brand in the U.S. And a 13 times exit multiple is kind of like a perpetuity multiple, right? So they really want us to have that kind of mindset. So I think going forward we'll have a very similar mindset. We'll be thinking very long term."
SANDS ON ACQUIRING OTHER BEER BRANDS FOR CROWN. "There's no limitation on our ability to add brands whether imported or domestic, with the exception of Mexican brands. Okay, Modelo will continue to be our exclusive supplier of Mexican brands, but other than that there's no limitation on what we can add in the Crown business or as part of the Crown portfolio......And basically they can't do knockoffs and we can't do knockoffs." ED. NOTE: I wonder what this means for LandShark Lager?
SANDS ON ABI-MODELO PROVIDING INNOVATION. "They're [ABI] very interested and have provided for innovation because this is an important part of the business for them. So in our agreements so to speak, we've provided for a strong innovation pipeline as it relates to new products and new packages from Mexico."
SANDS ON PRICING. "We're generally not going to comment on pricing. Suffice to say that the Crown management team is going to do what makes commercial sense for the business. That's pretty much as much as we can say or are going to say at this point in time."
CARLOS BRITO ON REGULATORY APPROVAL: "It's common with transaction of this size, notifications are required in several jurisdictions as we expect filings to be made in the U.S., Mexico and some other jurisdictions. And we'll work with regulators to move through the review process efficiently. We believe this transaction should be approved. We believe this transaction brings no change to the U.S. market . Crown will be owned 100% after the sale of the 50% owned by Modelo to Crown. Constellation will own 100% of Crown in the U.S. and Crown will remain the sole importer of Grupo Modelo brands into the U.S. market. So - and therefore we have no decisions on marketing, distribution, pricing of the brands in the U.S. market..... You have to remember that AB InBev already has an economic interest in Grupo Modelo of more than 50% as of today. And this is a continuation of a relationship that's more than 20 years old."
BRITO ON BRAND DIVESTITURES: "We don't anticipate any divestitures [in the US] other than the transaction that we already explained of Modelo is selling 50% stake in Crown to Constellation at the time of closing."
BRITO ON MODELO MANAGEMENT. "It's going to be business as usual, until of course the transaction closes. And we are going to structure the management of Grupo Modelo going forward after closing. We are going to communicate that in due course."
CARLOS FERNANDEZ ON DEAL: "We have grown Bud Light into the number one imported beer in our country in Mexico. I started at the company as you may know at a young age and back then, and even when I became CEO decades later, I never imagined that the company will grow to the size it is today."
BRITO ON SYNERGIES: "We will create synergies from combined purchasing opportunities in sharing our best practices of at least $600 million per annum phased over four years."
NOTE: ABI's stock is up 4% today while Constellation's stock is up 25% on the news.
Until Monday, Harry
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-Grupo Modelo chief Carlos Fernandez on ABI deal
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She did not believe that she could ever teach that great, brutish class, in that brutal school: ever, ever. And yet, if she failed, she must in some flip flops,fitflops,fitflop,fit flops,flip flop way go under. She must admit that the manâ s world was too strong for her, she could not take her place in it; she must go down before Mr. Harby. And all her life henceforth, she must go on, michael kors outlet,michael kors,kors outlet,michael kors handbags,michael kors outlet online,michael kors outlet online sale,michael kors handbags clearance,michael kors purses,michaelkors.com,michael kors bags,michael kors shoes,michaelkors,cheap michael kors never having freed ray ban sunglasses herself ugg boots uk of the manâ s world, never having achieved the freedom of the great world of responsible work. michael kors Maggie had taken her place there, she had even stood level with Mr. Harby and got free of him: and her soul was always wandering in far-off valleys and glades of poetry. Maggie was free. Yet there was hermes something like burberry subjection in Maggieâ s very freedom. Mr. Harby, the man, disliked the reserved woman, Maggie. Mr. Harby, the schoolmaster, respected his teacher, Miss Schofield.
For uggs the present, however, Ursula only envied and admired Maggie. She herself had still to get where Maggie had got. She had still to make her footing. She had taken up a position on Mr. Harbyâ s ground, and she must keep it. For he was now beginning a regular attack on her, to drive her away out of his school. She could not keep order. Her class was a turbulent crowd, and the weak spot in the schoolâ s work. Therefore she must go, and someone more useful must come in her place, someone who jordan retro,jordan shoes,air jordan,air jordans,retro jordans,air jordan retro,jordans,jordan 11,jordan xx9,jordan 6,new jordans,cheap jordans,jordan retro 11,jordan 5,air jordan 11,jordans for sale,jordan 4,jordan 1,jordan future,jordan 3,jordan 12,michael jordan shoes,air jordan shoes could keep discipline.
The headmaster had worked himself into an obsession of fury against her. He only wanted her gone. She had come, she had got worse as the weeks went on, she polo ralph lauren was absolutely no good. His Balenciaga,balenciaga sneakers,balenciaga handbag system, which was his very life in school, the outcome of his bodily movement, was attacked and threatened at the point where Ursula was included. She was the danger that threatened his body with a blow, a fall. And blindly, thoroughly, moving from strong instinct burberry of opposition, he set to work to expel her.
When he punished one of her children as he had punished the boy Hill, mizuno wave for an offence against himself, he made the punishment extra heavy with the significance that the extra stroke came in because of the weak teacher who allowed all these things to be. When he punished for an offence against her, he punished lightly, as if offences against her were not significant. Which all north face outlet the children lebron 12 knew, and they behaved accordingly.
Every now and again Mr. Harby would swoop down to examine exercise books. For a whole hour, he would be going round the class, taking book after book, comparing burberry outlet page after page, whilst Ursula stood aside for all the remarks and fault-finding to be pointed at her through the scholars. It was true, since she had come, the composition books had burberry,burberry outlet,burberry outlet online,burberry factory outlet,burberry sale,burberry handbags grown more and more untidy, disorderly, filthy. Mr. Harby pointed to the pages done before her regime, and to those done after, and fell into a passion of rage. Many children he sent out to the front with their books. And after he had thoroughly gone through the silent and quivering class he caned the worst offenders well, in front of the others, thundering in real passion of anger and chagrin.
â½Such a condition in a class, I canâ t believe it! It is simply disgraceful! I canâ t think how you have been let to get like it! Every Monday morning I shall come down and examine these books. So donâ t think that because there is nobody paying any attention to you, that you are free to unlearn everything you ever learned, and go michael kors outlet online,michael kors,kors outlet,michael kors outlet,michael kors handbags,michael kors outlet online sale,michael kors handbags clearance,michael kors purses,michaelkors.com,michael kors bags,michael kors shoes,michaelkors,cheap michael kors back till you are not fit for Standard Three. I cheap basketball shoes shall examine all books every Monday â"â"â
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She must, during the next week, watch over her books, and punish any fault. Her soul decided it coldly. Her personal desire was dead for that day at least. She must have nothing more of herself in school. She was to be Standard Five teacher only. That was her duty. In school, harrods london she was chanel bags nothing but Standard Five teacher. Ursula Brangwen must be excluded.
So that, pale, shut, at last distant and impersonal, she saw no longer the child, how his eyes danced, or how he had a queer little soul that could not be bothered with shaping handwriting so long as he dashed down what he thought. She saw no children, only the task that was to be done. And keeping her eyes there, on the task, and not on the child, she was impersonal enough to punish where she could otherwise only have sympathised, understood, and condoned, to approve where she would have been merely uninterested before. But her marc jacobs handbags,marc jacobs,marc by marc jacobs,marc jacobs outlet interest had no place any more.
It was agony to the impulsive, bright girl of seventeen to become tiffany and co distant and official, having no personal relationship with the children. For a few days, tommy hilfiger after the agony of the Monday, she succeeded, and had some success with her class. But it was a state not natural to her, and she began to relax.
Then came another infliction. There were not enough pens to go round the class. She sent to Mr. Harby for more. He came in person.
â½Not enough pens, Miss Brangwen?â he said, with flip flops the smile and calm of exceeding rage against her.
â½No, we are six short,â she said, quaking.
â½Oh, how is that?â he said, menacingly. Then, looking over the class, he asked:
â½How many are there here to-day?â
â½Fifty-two,â said Ursula, but he did not take any notice, counting for himself.
â½Fifty-two,â he said. â½And how many pens are there, Staples?â
Ursula was now silent. He would not heed her if she answered, since he had addressed the monitor.
â½Thatâ s a very curious thing,â said Mr. chaussures louboutin Harby, looking over the silent class with a slight grin of fury. All the childish faces looked up at him blank and exposed.
â½A few days ago there were sixty pens for this class â" now there are forty-eight. What is forty-eight from sixty, Williams?â There was a sinister suspense in the question. A thin, ferret-faced boy in a sailor suit started up exaggeratedly.
â½Please, sir!â he said. Then a slow, sly grin came over his face. He did not know. There was a tense silence. The boy dropped his head. Then he looked up again, a little cunning triumph in his eyes. â½Twelve,â he said.
â½I would advise you to attend,â said the headmaster dangerously. The boy sat down.
â½Forty-eight from sixty is weitzman shoes twelve: so there are twelve pens to account for. Have you looked for them, Staples?â
â½Then look again.â
The scene dragged on. Two pens were found: ten were missing. Then the storm burst.
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And he grinned up his sleeve at this girl-teacher, sometimes hanging round pandora charms her to fawn on her. But this made her dislike him more. He had a kind of leech-like power.
From one of the children she took a supple cane, and this she determined to use when real occasion came. One morning, at composition, she said to the boy Williams:
â½Why have you made this blot?â
â½Please, miss, it fell off my pen,â he whined out, in the mocking voice that he mont blanc pens was so clever in using. The boys near snorted with laughter. For Williams was an actor, he could tickle the feelings of his hearers subtly. Particularly he could tickle the children with him into ridiculing his teacher, or indeed, any authority of which vans shoes,vans outlet,vans store,star wars vans shoes,cheap vans,vans shoes outlet,white vans,black vans,red vans,vans star wars,vans sneakers,vans shoes outlet store,vans sale,cheap vans shoes he was not afraid. He had that peculiar gaol instinct.
â½Then you must stay in five finger shoes and finish another page of composition,â said the teacher.
This was against her usual sense of justice, and the toms shoes uk boy resented it derisively. At twelve oâ clock she caught him slinking out.
â½Williams, sit down,â she said.
And there she sat, and there he sat, alone, opposite to her, on the back desk, looking up at hilfiger uk her with his furtive eyes every minute.
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â½Bring me your book,â said Ursula.
The boy came out, flapping his book along the desks. He had not written a line.
â½Go back and do the writing you have to do,â said Ursula. And she sat at her desk, trying to correct books. She was trembling and upset. And for an hour the miserable boy writhed and grinned in his seat. At the end of that time he had done five lines.
â½As it is so late now,â said Ursula, â½you will finish the rest this evening.â
The boy kicked his way insolently down the passage.
The afternoon came again. Williams was there, glancing at her, and her heart beat thick, for she knew it was a fight between them. She watched wedding dresses him.
During insanity workout the geography lesson, as she was pointing to the map with her cane, the boy continually ducked his whitish head under the desk, and attracted the attention of other boys.
â½Williams,â she said, gathering her courage, for it was critical now to speak to him, â½what are you doing?â
He lifted his face, the sore-rimmed eyes half smiling. nike roshe run There was something intrinsically indecent about him. Ursula shrank away.
â½Nothing,â he replied, feeling a triumph.
â½What are you doing?â she repeated, her heart-beat suffocating her.
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But this boy was a match even for Mr. Harby. He was so persistent, so cringing, and flexible, he howled so when michael kors uk he was hurt, that the master hated more the teacher who sent him than he hated prada uk the boy himself. For of the boy he was sick of the sight. Which Williams knew. He lebron 11 grinned visibly.
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â½Please, miss â"â"â called a voice in distress.
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â½Go in front, Wright,â she said.
She was trembling in every fibre. A big, sullen boy, not bad but very difficult, slouched out to the front. She went on with the lesson, aware that Williams was making faces at Wright, and that Wright was grinning behind her. She was afraid. She turned to the map again. And she was afraid.
â½Please, miss, Williams â"â"â came a sharp cry, and a boy on the back row was standing up, with drawn, pained brows, half a mocking grin on his pain, half real resentment against Williams â"â½Please, miss, heâ s nipped me,ââ" and he rubbed his leg ruefully.
â½Come in front, Williams,â she said.
The rat-like boy sat with his pale smile and did not move.
â½Come in front,â she repeated, definite now.
â½I shanâ t,â he cried, snarling, rat-like, grinning. Something went click in Ursulaâ s soul. Her face and eyes set, she went through the class straight. The boy cowered before her glowering, fixed eyes. But she advanced on him, seized him by the arm, and dragged him from his seat. He clung to the form. It was the battle between him and her. Her instinct had mac cosmetics suddenly become calm and quick. She mac cosmetics jerked him from his grip, and dragged him, struggling and kicking, to the front. He kicked her several times, and clung to the forms as he michael kors,sac michael kors,michael kors sac,michael kors pas cher,sac michael kors pas cher,michael kors france passed, but she went on. The class was on its feet in excitement. She saw it, and made no move.
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â½Whatâ s the matter?â he roared.
Ursula felt as if something were going to break in her.
â½Iâ ve thrashed him,â she said, her breast heaving, forcing out the words on the bebe dresses last breath. The headmaster stood choked with rage, helpless. She looked at the writhing, howling figure on the floor.
â½Get up,â she said. The thing writhed away from her. christian louboutin She took a step forward. She had realised the presence of the headmaster for one second, and then she nike free run,nike free,nike free 5.0, nike free trainer 5.0,nike free run 5.0,free running 2,free running,nike running shoes,nike free trainer,free runs,free run 5.0 was oblivious of it again.
â½Go and stand by the radiator,â she said.
As if mechanically, blubbering, he went.
The headmaster stood robbed of movement or speech. His face was jordan yellow, his hands twitched convulsively. But Ursula stood stiff not far from him. Nothing could touch her now: she was beyond Mr. Harby. She was as if violated to death.
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â½Give out the history readers,â she said to the monitors.
There was dead silence. As she stood there, she could hear again the ticking of the clock, and the chock of piles of books taken out of the low cupboard. Then came the faint flap of books on the desks. The children passed in silence, their hands working in unison. They were no longer a pack, but each one separated into a silent, closed thing.
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Ursula, who was trembling violently, went and sat in her high chair. The blubbering of the boy continued. The strident voice of Mr. Brunt, the roar of Mr. Harby, came muffled through the glass partition. And now and then a pair of eyes rose from the reading-book, rested on her a moment, watchful, as if calculating impersonally, then sank again.
She sat still without moving, her eyes watching the class, unseeing. She was quite still, and weak. She felt that she could not raise her ray ban uk hand from the desk. If she sat there for ever, she felt she could not move again, nor utter a command. It was a quarter-past four. She almost nike air force dreaded the closing of the school, when she would be ugg boots,uggs outlet,ugg,uggs,ugg boots clearance,uggs on sale,uggs boots,ugg australia,ugg slippers alone.
The class began to recover its ease, the tension relaxed. Williams was still crying. Mr. Brunt was giving orders for the closing of the lesson. Ursula got down.
â½Take your place, Williams,â she said.
He dragged his feet across the room, wiping his face on his sleeve. As adidas uk he sat down, he glanced at her mizuno,mizuno wave,mizuno running,mizuno running shoes,mizuno baseball,mizuno volleyball,mizuno wave rider,mizuno volleyball shoes,mizuno softball,mizuno shoes,mizuno wave inspire,mizuno wave prophecy furtively, his eyes still redder. Now he looked like some beaten rat.
At last the children were gone. Mr. Harby trod by heavily, without looking her way, or speaking. Mr. Brunt hesitated as she was locking her cupboard.
â½If you settle Clarke and Letts in the same way, Miss Brangwen, youâ ll be all right,â he said, his blue eyes glancing down in a strange fellowship, his long nose pointing at her.
â½Shall I?â she laughed nervously. She did not want anybody to talk to her.
As she went along the street, clattering on the granite cheap jordans pavement, she was aware of boys dodging behind her. Something struck her hand that was carrying her bag, bruising her. As it rolled away she saw that it was a potato. Her hand was hurt, but she gave no sign. Soon she would take the tram.
She was afraid, and strange. It was to her quite strange mercurial superfly and ugly, like some dream cheap jerseys where she was degraded. She would have died rather air max uk than admit it to anybody. She could not look at her swollen hand. Something had broken in her; she had passed a crisis. Williams was beaten, but at a cost.
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When finally she took her way home, it was sunset red across the west. She did not know why she was going home. There was nothing for her there. She had, true, only to pretend to be normal. There was nobody she could speak to, nowhere to go for escape. But she must keep on, under this red sunset, alone, knowing the horror converse uk in humanity, that would destroy her, and with which she was at war. Yet it had to be so.
In the morning again she must go to school. She got up and went without murmuring even to herself. She was in the hands of some bigger, stronger, coarser will.
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Williams was absent from school. In the middle of the morning there was a knock at the door: someone wanted the headmaster. Mr. Harby went out, heavily, angrily, nervously. He was afraid of irate parents. After a moment in the passage, he came again into school.
â½Sturgess,â he called to one of his larger boys. â½Stand in front of the class and write down the name of anyone who speaks. Will you come ralph lauren outlet this way, Miss Brangwen.â
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