6 Foreign Stocks on US Exchanges that Bank on American Brand Names

6 Foreign Stocks on US Exchanges that Bank on American Brand Names

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Jim Beam was just bought by a Japanese parent company. So we found other foreign stocks that own US brands.

One of the biggest movers for the first half of Monday has been Beam Inc. (BEAM), the largest publicly traded American distillery by volume.  

The stock is up almost 25% as of 1:30 pm EST, on the back of news that it will be acquired by the Japanese conglomerate Suntory Holdings – which will then become the world's fourth largest liquor company by volume. Suntory will buy shares of existing Beam stock for $83.50 per share in cash, a 24% markup.

Suntory is a storied Japanese company, founded in 1899 and owner of most of Japan's whiskey distillers. Its portfolio (paywall) doesn't include many big sellers in the US. So the Beam acquisition is meant to provide an entrance into American markets, where the company owns many brands that have leverage on a growing market for bourbon worldwide. Beam's brands include the mass market bourbon Jim Beam, but also Knob Creek and Maker's Mark, two smaller top-shelf brands. 

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Suntory is making a bid to cash in on a growing global market for consumer discretionary goods like alcohol, as more people enter the middle class worldwide. Suntory's bet is that the appetite for luxury goods will increase in 2014, particularly in Asian markets, where the company could have an advantage. 

But more specifically – Suntory thinks this demand will be for specifically American brands. It was willing to shell out a pretty large premium to include some US names in its portfolio of offerings.

Will the acquisition pay off? We assembled a list of other foreign stocks that own American brands, so that you can be the judge. Use the charts and list below to explore their performance and returns. 

Click on the interactive chart below to view returns over time. 

1. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in brewing and selling beer in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap at $166.61B, most recent closing price at $105.20.

American Brands: Budweiser
 

 

2. Unilever plc (UL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides fast-moving consumer goods in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Market cap at $112.36B, most recent closing price at $39.74.

American Brands: Good Humor, Popsicle
 

 

3. Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides financial protection and wealth management products and services primarily in Canada, the United States, and Asia. Market cap at $37.27B, most recent closing price at $20.26.

American Brands: John Hancock Life Insurance
 

Click on the interactive chart below to see stock price data over time. 

 

4. Intercontinental Hotels Group plc (IHG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): InterContinental Hotels Group PLC owns, manages, franchises, and leases hotels and resorts. Market cap at $8.71B, most recent closing price at $32.97.

American Brands: Holiday Inn
 

 

5. British American Tobacco plc (BTI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco products. Market cap at $95.19B, most recent closing price at $102.30.

American Brands: Lucky Strike
 

 

6. Beam, Inc. (BEAM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Manufactures and sells distilled spirits worldwide. Market cap at $13.54B, most recent closing price at $66.97.

Recently acquired by Suntory Holdings. 

 

Click on the interactive chart below to see stock price data over time. 

 

(List compiled by James Dennin. Price data and returns sourced from Zacks Investment Research, all other data sourced from Finviz.)

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