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May 2 Rexam Plc, the world's second
largest beverage can maker in terms of revenue, said overall
results in the first-quarter were in line with its expectations.
The company, which makes aluminium cans for Coca-Cola, Red
Bull, Carlsberg beer and Heineken, said it was feeling
the effects of a strong sterling and high metal premiums but it
expected to make progress on a constant currency
Rexam, which focuses on aluminium can making after selling
$1.3 billion of non-core businesses since 2011, said sales of
its speciality cans in North America grew in the first quarter,
while standard cans sales were in line with the market.
Rexam's full year is traditionally strongly influenced by
sales it makes in its busy summer season.
The London-based company said a combination of good weather
and the timing of Brazilian Carnival along with anticipation of
the FIFA World Cup had pushed up sales at its South American
The South American business also helped it offset a subdued
sales in Western Europe.
Emerging markets, which include its South American business,
accounted for 34 percent of Rexam's total revenue in 2013.
The company has been eyeing expansion in emerging markets,
and acquired a majority stake in Saudi Arabian can maker, United
Arab Can Manufacturing Ltd, earlier this year.
Rexam competes with U.S.-listed Ball Corp and Crown
Holdings, and is the only beverage can maker listed on
the London Stock Exchange.
Shares in the FTSE-100 component closed at 510 pence on
Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Tasim Zahid and Aashika Jain in Bangalore;
Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)