Diamonds and Dogs
Time to celebrate. Constellation Brands (STZ) is up 3% not far from all-time highs following better than expected earnings thanks to strong demand for its Corona and Modelo beers and premium wines. Rising demand for premium wines and imported beers in the United States as well as a growing Hispanic population, a key demographic for the company, helped expand its customer base. Beer sales, which accounts for about 77 percent of the net sales, rose nearly 12 percent to $997.2 million in the quarter.
To meet the higher demand, Constellation said it would spend about $900 million to expand its brewery south of the border in Ciudad Oberon in fiscal 2019. The company also raised their dividend 42% and increased their dividend payout ratio target to 30%.
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