The worlds biggest spirits manufacturer diageo has had a 1.3bn writedown, becoming the most recent drinks group to manage impairment fees inside pandemic.

The london-based distiller, which produces johnnie walker whisky, smirnoff vodka and guinness stout, said the non-cash charges pertaining to its companies in india, nigeria, ethiopia therefore the windsor whisky brand in southern korea.

These [impairment fees] are tied up especially to difficulties that were then exacerbated by covid-19, stated kathryn mikells, chief economic officer.

The closing of drinking venues around the world this springtime, as lockdown measures had been imposed across big countries, hit diageo harder than anticipated around to summer.

It led to an 8.4 % fall in natural web product sales, compared with a 7.3 per cent autumn expected by experts. shares into the distiller had been down 5.3 per cent to 27.28 by early mid-day on tuesday.

Ivan menezes, chief executive, said: we taken definitive action through last half of fiscal 2020, tightly managing our prices, decreasing discretionary spending and reallocating resources across the team.

Pre-tax profit dropped 51.8 percent to 2bn on 11.8bn of net product sales, down from 12.9bn the last 12 months. the business said it had paused share buybacks and place set up an additional 2.5bn credit facility to simply help deal with reduced cash flow, but stated it could manage its final dividend at 42.47p a share.

Like a number of other organizations, diageo stated it might not yet show its perspective for the year ahead considering doubt over coronavirus.

The product sales decreases had been particularly acute in a few african countries: nigerian net product sales fell 20 per cent, whilst in southern africa, that has twice banned alcoholic beverages product sales throughout the pandemic, net product sales had been down 25 %.

Other alcoholic products makers also have taken impairment charges. the worlds biggest brewer, anheuser-busch inbev, took a $2.5bn writedown in the value of its businesses a week ago associated with its african units acquired with all the purchase of competing sabmiller. rival heineken, at the same time, composed along the value of its possessions by 550m.

At diageo there were exceptions toward reduced product sales: net product sales of tequila in united states had been up 36 %, showing the fast-rising interest in the don julio and casamigos brands, during european countries drinkers turned to rum, in which sales rose 3 %, driven by the captain morgan brand name.

A trend for home cocktail making aided protect sales of numerous of diageos spirits brands through the complete influence of lockdowns, mr menezes said, although product sales of johnnie walker whisky and smirnoff vodka declined globally.

Diageos competing distillers have hit a less gloomy note in present trading revisions. frances pernod ricard, which is the owner of jameson irish whiskey and beefeater gin, final thirty days upgraded its expectations when it comes to complete 12 months, saying make money from continual businesses was anticipated to drop 15 % rather than 20 %, as forecast early in the pandemic.

Small french team rmy cointreau alsosaid final thirty days that first-half product sales would fall less than anticipated as people making cocktails in the home assisted make up for a failure in product sales through taverns and airports.