Beer makers enjoy higher consumption hinh anh 1A beer production line at Sabeco. (Photo

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Alcohol and beer consumption is booming, and local beverage producers are cashing in. 

This has attracted increased attention from investors, both locally and internationally, who are looking to tap into the sector.

Vietnamese people consumed 4 billion litres of beer in 2017. This figure is expected to climb to 5.6 billion litres in 2035, according to the Vietnam Beer Alcohol Beverage Association (VBA).

Each Vietnamese person drank an average of 43 litres per year, making the country the third-largest per capita consumer in Asia, just behind China and Japan.

Vietnam was also among the world's top 15 beer-consuming nations last year.

With 100 million consumers, the market has attracted a number of foreign giants looking for a share of the pie.

Thai giant conglomerate ThaiBev purchased the Ministry of Industry and Trade's stake in the Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (Sabeco) in 2017, and currently holds 53 percent of the company's capital.

Danish brewing giant Carlsberg also wants to invest more in the Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage Joint Stock Corporation (Habeco) after becoming a strategic investor in 2008.

Currently, more than 90 percent of Vietnam’s beer market share lies in the hands of Sabeco, Habeco, Heineken and Carlberg.

The remaining 10 percent belongs to local beer companies and newcomers such as Sapporo and Budweiser.

Listed brewery firms have witnessed robust business growth thanks to rising demand.

In the first six months of this year, Sabeco achieved a net revenue of 18.4 trillion VND (787 million USD), up 8.5 percent against 2018. Post-tax profit reached 2.8 trillion VND, an increase of 15.2 percent year-on-year.

Thanks to this result, Sabeco has completed 47.4 percent its revenue target and 59.8 percent of its profit target for the year. The firm expects to exceed these targets in 2019.

Sabeco's (SAB) stock price has increased by more than 10 percent since the beginning of this year, closing Tuesday at 258,500 VND per share.

Sabeco still pays cash dividends every year. In its consolidated financial statement for the second quarter of 2019, the company had 5.3 trillion VND in cash and cash equivalents, with money estimated at 1.59 trillion VND and cash equivalent at 3.7 trillion VND.

Saigon Beer Western JSC (WSB) also reported positive business results in the first six months. Second quarter revenue reached 266 billion VND, up 10 percent year-on-year, and revenue reached 514.6 billion VND, up 9 percent.

The company's gross profit margin in the first half reached over 20 percent, a significant increase compared to the same period last year.

Six-month post-tax profit touched 84.3 billion VND, up 27.4 percent against last year. First half’s earnings per share (EPS) reached 4,925 VND.

In 2017, Saigon Beer Western JSC (WSB) paid cash dividends at a relatively high rate of 50 percent, plus a further 40 percent in 2018.

WSB's undistributed after-tax profit was 230 billion VND, while charter capital was only 145 billion VND.

Due to this huge saving, WSB has attracted many investors who prefer stability and cash dividends.

On the stock market, there are also other beer enterprises with small capital scale but good business performances and high dividend payout ratios.

Ha Long Beer Beverage Joint Stock Company (HLB) has charter capital of only 30 billion VND, but in 2018 it paid a dividend of up to 200 percent, of which 100 percent was paid in cash and the rest in stocks. In 2017, the company paid a 110 percent dividend in cash.

Hanoi – Hai Duong Beer JSC (HAD), with charter capital of 40 billion VND, paid a dividend of 20 percent in 2018./.