Popular beer brands exported to over fifty countries around the globe, an exceptional beer experience, support for Czech farmers, jobs creation, contributions to the national budget, support for local communities. All these things are connected with the Plzeňský Prazdroj business, which keeps on improving its financial performance and this year has again been recognized as one of the biggest tax payers in the Czech Republic.
Plzensky Prazdroj recorded a growth in sales volumes on both local and international markets. The sales increase in the Czech Republic was largely driven by growing demand for eleven-degree and twelve-degree Pilsner-type beers, in particular, Pilsner Urquell premium lager. Also successful were Velkopopovický Kozel 11 and Radegast Ryze Horka Dvanactka, as well as limited-edition beers designed for pubs and restaurants as part of the Brewers Choice programme.
Plzensky Prazdroj has a strong share of the non-alcoholic beer sales in the Czech Republic. The demand for Birell non-alcoholic beer has significantly grown; this particularly involves its flavoured variants. Three years after the launch of the first cider in the Czech Republic, the step taken by Plzensky Prazdroj with the Kingswood brand has proved almost visionary. This low-alcoholic beverage made from apples has not only gained a solid position on the local market, but has been growing steadily in popularity.
Plzeňský Prazdroj plays an important role in the local economy and life of the Czech people. Proof of this are the company’s activities through which it significantly supports both the traditions and further growth of the Czech beer culture, as well as its economic and financial results. “The success we achieved over the last financial year (from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016) is due to our business partners as well as to our employees. Over 2,000 people work in our manufacturing operations, sales&distribution depots and offices, and through our activities, we indirectly create another 22,000 jobs in different sectors of the local economy. We are delighted to report that in the last financial year, we grew beer sales, as well as profits. And we are proud to be among the biggest contributors to the national budget and positively influence the economy and life of people here, in the Czech Republic,” Paolo Lanzarotti, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board at Plzeňský Prazdroj, commented on the results.
For the last accounting period, Plzeňský Prazdroj’s sales amounted to CZK 14.4 billion, profits before tax grew almost 5 percent to CZK 3.7 billion and the company paid CZK 4.8 billion* in direct and indirect taxes, thus becoming the 11th biggest taxpayer in the country for the past year. It has been recognized by the Czech Finance Ministry as an important contributor to the national budget in the group of corporate income taxpayers.
Plzeňský Prazdroj shares its successes with others: Since 2001, the company has distributed a total of CZK 85 million via its charity programme, Prazdroj to the People, in support of hundreds of projects developed by non-profit organizations to pursue environmental protection and social development, and doing so, it has helped improve the quality of life of communities around its breweries. For these activities, Plzeňský Prazdroj has been awarded the Golden Certificate in the category TOP Responsible Major Enterprise for the year 2015.
“Our success is both a motivation and commitment going forward. We are aware that our business partners, customers and all those who like our beers are carefully following developments around our company at the moment, and any news about a potential new owner. I would like to use this opportunity to assure everyone that brewing the finest-quality beer remains our priority and the current situation has no effect on the business and our relationships with suppliers, customers and consumers,” Paolo Lanzarotti concluded.
*) Corporate income tax, value added tax, excise tax, property tax, property transfer tax, vehicle tax paid for the accounting period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
Notes for editors
- With total sales of almost 10 million hectolitres in 2015 (including licensed production abroad) and exports to more than 50 countries around the world, Plzensky Prazdroj, a.s. is a major beer producer in the region and the largest exporter of Czech beer.
- For its long-term contribution to promoting corporate social responsibility in the Czech Republic, Plzeňský Prazdroj, a.s. was awarded the Gold Certificate in the 2015 TOP Responsible Company competition, which is organized by the Byznys pro společnost (Business for Society) platform.