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April 23, 2014

Procter & Gamble Selling Pet Food Brands to Mars is a Win for both Companies and Consumers

 

Procter and Gamble selling its pet care brands to Mars, Inc. is a smart move for both companies. Not only has P&G faced share erosion in recent years, but it also recalled several pet food brands in 2013. Mars, on the other hand, already has strong brand identity, a history of integrating new products into its existing product portfolio and has taken their brands into emerging markets, something P&G failed to do. This move is also a win for consumers, who should benefit from added competitiveness in the pet food market.

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A New Consumer Health Powerhouse: GSK and Novartis to Form a Joint Venture

Mark StrobelAnalyst Insight by Mark Strobel - Consumer Health Analyst

In the midst of significant merger and acquisition speculation among the world leading pharmaceutical and consumer health companies, GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) and Novartis AG made a deal to establish a joint venture that will create the largest consumer health operation worldwide*.

The Deal

GSK and Novartis traded over US$20 billion in assets on 22 April 2014 involving the companies’ consumer health, oncology and vaccine divisions.  In a desire to focus on their strengths, Novartis will acquire GSK’s oncology unit to further bolster its position in the fast moving field of cancer drug research while GSK will take on Novartis’s vaccine unit, converting the company into the world leader in this area. The consumer health businesses of these companies will be merging forces to create a joint venture, which will operate under the GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare name and will be run by GSK’s current consumer health head, Emma Walmsley. GSK will own 63.5% of the new venture which reflects the valuation of its contribution to the deal, and GSK will retain full control of its operations in India and Nigeria. The new partnership is expected to be completed in early 2015, subject to approvals.

In a separate transaction, Eli Lilly and Company will acquire the Novartis animal health business.

 

A New Leader in Consumer Health

This high profile partnership is expected to establish a new global leader in consumer health. In 2013, GSK and Novartis ranked seventh and eighth in consumer health retail value sales, respectively, reaching US$4.8 and US$4.7 billion. The combined sales of US$9.5 billion would account for a value share of 4.6%, surpassing Johnson & Johnson Inc’s 3.9% of global consumer health sales.

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April 21, 2014

Euromonitor Awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade

QueensAwardInternationalTradeWe are pleased to announce we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business award. Euromonitor received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade due to its substantial international sales growth of 155% over the past 6 years.

“This success is attributed to our high quality research from our 1,000 analysts around the globe, strong relationships with existing customers and committed staff in our 12 offices,” said Euromonitor Founder Robert Senior. 

The Queen’s Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate outstanding business throughout the United Kingdom.  The awards are made annually by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and are only given for the highest levels of business excellence.

“In 2013, we expanded our sales into 106 countries worldwide, opened our twelfth office in Brazil, and won the HSBC/PWC’s Private Business of the Year Award,” said Senior. “I am tremendously proud of our employees and their efforts in making the company such a success.”

April 18, 2014

Nike Will Benefit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Despite Adidas Sponsorship

Magdalena Kondejwith Magdalena Kondej - Head of Apparel and Footwear

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil presents a huge opportunity for sportswear companies. Although Adidas is sponsoring the FIFA tournament, Nike is sponsoring more national teams, including Brazil. Due to the presence of Nike in the country during the world cup, it is expected Brazil will surpass Japan to become Nike’s third largest market in the next year. Overall, sportswear sales in Brazil are expected to grow by a massive 67 percent over the next five years. 

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April 17, 2014

Scenario Analysis of a Successful Modular Phone Project

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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On 15 April, Google Inc held its first of three planned developer conferences for Project Ara developers. The project is still in its early stages, with some of the most important issues set to be addressed in autumn 2014. The project timeline puts the phone’s launch in January 2015, but with things like regulatory and carrier certification, manufacturing and supply chain management, after market support, and OS support for a modular design still in the future, it is impossible to make any forecasts about the project’s commercial success and unit sales with any degree of certainty. What is clear is that any increase in ownership of modular phones will have an adverse effect on aggregate smartphone demand

 

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April 15, 2014

Diageo Makes Offer for Controlling Stake in United Spirits

Andy TivertonBrownAnalyst Insight  by Andy Tiverton-Brown - Head of Alcoholic Drinks and Company Analysis

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Diageo’s renewed offer to gain a controlling interest in United Spirits confirms its commitment to emerging markets, following a spate of acquisitions over the last 5 years securing access to local brands and all important routes to market. Initial results have been mixed, with sales in the six months to December 2013 softening below expectations, this however is part and parcel of operating in changeable immature markets, over the long term given demographics and economic development this has to be the right strategy.  

Diageo became the largest shareholder in United Sprits in 2012 acquiring a 28.8% stake, exerting considerable influence and gaining a controlling interest has long been anticipated. The attraction for Diageo is clear, by volume India is globally the second largest spirits market behind China and is forecast to experience a 3.5% CAGR between 2013 and 2018, accounting for over 15% of global volume growth. In Diageo’s key whisky category the argument is even more compelling, India is the world’s largest market by volume, almost four times larger than the US in second place. Granted, the vast majority of these sales comprise of low cost local whisky, but there is clear demand for higher value scotch and this will be realised as economic growth continues.  In 2013, only 5% of Indian households had an annual disposable income of over US$10,000, but this still equated to 74million, by 2025 this is predicted to increase to 195million.   

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April 14, 2014

The New African Order

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The Nigerian statistics office, recognised by the IMF, has recalculated Nigerian GDP and the economy is now 89% larger than it was previously stated. This makes it the 22nd largest economy in the world (measured in current market prices in US$) – compared to 37th pre-revision, and the largest economy in Africa – now 49% bigger than South Africa.

Total GDP in Nigeria Pre- and Post-revision: 2010-2013

Source: National Bureau of Statistics

Note: Data refer to GDP in current market prices. 2013 data are estimates.

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April 12, 2014

The B2B Market Attractiveness Index

 

The B2B Market Attractiveness Index is a must have for companies selling into multiple industries or geographies. Using Euromonitor’s framework will help businesses evaluate many different markets utilizing a systematic approach. Learn more about the B2B Market Attractiveness Index in this short video, featuring Indre Cesniene, Euromonitor's Head of Passport: Industrial Research.

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April 9, 2014

Procter and Gamble Sells Pet Care Brands to Mars, Inc.

Procter and Gamble recently announced the sale of their pet care brands to Mars, Inc. The announcement is not a surprise as P&G’s global pet care shares have been declining due to recalls and weak performance in emerging markets. Mars will now have additional brands to market in its already diverse pet care portfolio.

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April 8, 2014

Copper Surplus Impacting Economies in Asia and Latin America

 

Copper prices have been trading at close to 25 percent below their 2011 peak due to a surplus. China’s economic slowdown is expected to impact copper demand as the country consumes 40 percent of the world’s supply and global copper production has increased as well. Chile, Peru and Australia rely on copper exports to China, and without China buying copper, it may weaken their economies.

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Procter and Gamble Sells Pet Care Brands to Mars, Inc.

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