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Constellation Brands, Inc.: With Wine Divestitures Complete, Constellation Can Leverage Secular Tailwinds Across Portfolio

Symbols
STZ
Sector(s)
Consumer Defensive
Rating
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Current Price
$214.14
Fair Value
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Summary

Constellation Brands is the largest multi-category alcohol supplier in the U.S. The business is anchored by a portfolio of Mexican beer trademarks, including Corona and Modelo, for which it acquired exclusive and perpetual U.S. ownership from AB InBev. The latter had to divest these rights due to antitrust mandates as it consummated its 2013 acquisition of dominant Mexican brewer, Grupo Modelo. Constellation’s wine/spirits business has been in flux, and it is currently divesting several lower-margin assets, including myriad wine brands and its Ballast Point craft beer brand. The firm imports most products after manufacturing them abroad, going to market through independent wholesalers. It owns 37% of Canopy Growth, a leading provider of medicinal and recreationally legal cannabis products.

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Analyst Profile

Nicholas Johnson

Equity Analyst
Nick Johnson is an equity analyst with the consumer team for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers companies primarily in the U.S. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage space, in addition to other consumer defensive names. He also serves on the valuation committee.Prior to joining the consumer team, Johnson was an associate on the technology team, supporting coverage of enterprise software, networking, and semiconductor companies. Before joining equity research in July 2018, Johnson worked as a product consultant for Morningstar and garnered experience on the buy side through a New York City-based internship.Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in quantitative economics with a minor in Hispanic studies from Vassar College. He has passed all three examination levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst® program.