Pabst up for sale again
Owner has tried to sell historic company before. Will new PBR sales momentum help this time?
Pabst has hired Bank of America (BAC) to push the deal, reports The New York Post, and wants to get about $300 million out of it.
Pabst brands own a special place in beer history, and include Schlitz, Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee. But the brand that may end up getting the company sold is Pabst Blue Ribbon, a hipster favorite that is seeing skyrocketing sales.
Since it doesn't own breweries, Pabst acts mainly as a marketing company, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It contracts out the beermaking to other brewers.
Despite its hardscrabble, old-school image, Pabst is actually owned by a charitable foundation in Northern California. But the Internal Revenue Service doesn't like charities to run for-profit companies, and is demanding a sale.
Problem is, no one wants to buy. The charitable foundation hasn't been able to find a buyer for years, and the IRS has extended its original 2005 sell deadline to 2010, reports the Chicago Tribune.
But Pabst now has a shining star in its family: Pabst Blue Ribbon. PBR sales are up 25% this year, NBC reports. Schlitz is also seeing a revival of sorts.
Pabst Brewing's overall sales have been dropping over the years, but 2008 saw a smaller decrease of only 3.3%.
Maybe Pabst can take advantage of the wave of buyouts that has hit the beer industry. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and North American breweries are the logical bidders, the Post reports.
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
HP's lack of exposure to the rapidly expanding tablet and smartphone market doesn't bode well for long-term growth.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.