MONTREAL — Molson Coors Beverage Co. reported a fourth-quarter profit of US$163.7 million, up from US$76.0 million in the same quarter a year earlier.
The brewer, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to 75 cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of 35 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Net sales totalled nearly US$2.49 billion, up from nearly US$2.42 billion.
The increase came as U.S. net sales rose 4.7% compared with year ago, but fell 4.6% in Canada. European net sales rose 1.1%, while the international segment climbed 7.5%.
Molson Coors says its underlying profit for the quarter amounted to US$221.5 million or US$1.02 per share compared with an underlying profit of US$182.3 million or 84 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.
Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 78 cents per share, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2020