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Bud's Lost Fizz Offers Opportunity

Good year-end results are evidence of AB InBev’s strong competitive positioning.

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After a significant pullback in the past four months,  Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (BUD)/(ABI) shares look attractive. The brewer’s most recent results demonstrate again that its cost advantage--the key source of its wide economic moat--should help drive EBIT growth, even as industry organic growth settles into a groove of lower for longer.

AB InBev posted a solid fourth quarter, with revenue just shy of our estimate but above consensus and EBIT ahead of both, thanks to the speed of its cost savings. We are reiterating our $126 fair value estimate for the ADRs, as a slightly less aggressive medium-term EBIT margin assumption offsets the impact of the time value of money. We have lowered our valuation of the Belgium-traded shares to EUR 103 from EUR 105 to account for the strength of the euro against the U.S. dollar.

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