DENVER, Colo., and MONTREAL, Quebec – February 14, 2018 – Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP; TSX: TPX) today reported results for the 2017 full year and fourth quarter. Molson Coors president and chief executive officer Mark Hunter said:
"2017 marked the first full year of the bigger, stronger Molson Coors, and our full year results demonstrated balance and progress against both our bottom-line and top-line goals. Integration, synergies and costs savings were all delivered on or ahead of plan by engaged employees around the world who are aligned behind our First Choice for consumer and customer ambition. For the full year 2017 versus pro forma 2016 results, we over-delivered on costs savings and free cash flow and optimized commercial spending, delivering strong net income growth, underlying EBITDA margin expansion of 77 basis points, and underlying EBITDA growth of 3.7 percent. We also strengthened our balance sheet by more than $900 million through debt pay-down and pension contributions as part of our deleverage strategy. This was complemented by an improving top line, with global brand volume growth of 1 percent and net sales per hectoliter growth of 2.6 percent, driven by revenue management and portfolio premiumization. We also grew market share in Canada and Europe for the year and delivered positive underlying EBITDA in our International business."
Mark added, "Across Molson Coors, against a backdrop of integration and challenging market conditions during 2017, we delivered financial and commercial results that demonstrate our balanced priorities for bottom- and top-line growth are working. In 2018, our First Choice focus across regions will continue to strengthen and premiumize our brand portfolio, while deepening our customer relationships. We will also continue to retain flexibility in our P&L, deliver on our cost savings and remain laser-focused on delivering against our cash targets and strengthening our balance sheet."