Canadian Manufacturing

Molson reports $1.37B loss in Q4

The fourth-quarter net loss is a drop from 2019 when it reported a net income of US$163.7 million during the same period.

February 11, 2021  The Canadian Press

Molson Coors Brewing Co. incurred a US$1.37-billion net loss in its latest quarter as sports and live entertainment venues where it sells beverages remained closed amid COVID-19 restrictions.

The beer giant, which reports earnings in U.S. dollars, said on Feb. 11 that the fourth-quarter net loss is a drop from last year when it reported a net income of US$163.7 million during the same period.

“The revitalization plan we announced in October 2019 positioned our company well to weather the storms of 2020,” Molson Coors president and chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley said in a statement.

“We expanded beyond the beer aisle and we set the stage to build our emerging growth division into a $1 billion revenue business by 2023.”

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Hattersley said the company was able to accomplish its goals even with the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The fact is our plan is working,” he added. “When you consider what we set out to do under our revitalization plan and what we were faced with during the year, we accomplished an incredible amount in 2020 and that has given us a tremendous springboard for 2021.”

Molson said its loss for the period ended Dec. 31 amounted to US$6.32 per diluted share in comparison to a net income of 75 cents US per share last year.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of 83 cents US per share, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.

Sales during the quarter fell to US$2.2 billion, down from US$2.4 billion the year before.

The company reported a full-year loss of US$949 million, which compared to a profit of US$241.7 million the year before.