Constellation Brands will close out its fiscal year with a fourth-quarter earnings report

Constellation Brands will close out its fiscal year with a fourth-quarter earnings report on Thursday, and investors are hoping to hear good news from the alcoholic-beverage giant. Its last quarterly update showed surprisingly strong sales growth as robust home beer consumption offset slumping demand at bars and restaurants. Along with Boston Beer, Constellation Brands accounted for most of the industry’s growth in 2020.

This week’s report should contain more evidence of strong growth in imported beer brands like Modelo and Pacifico, along with modest success in the company’s Corona hard-seltzer launch that competes directly with Boston Beer’s Truly franchise. Sales gains will slow compared with last quarter because of shipping and inventory shifts, but Constellation Brands’ consumption metric should still be solidly positive.

Yet the stock’s movement might depend on the fiscal 2022 outlook that CEO Bill Newlands and his team issue on Thursday. That forecast might include optimism for the beer division and the newly transformed wine and spirits segment, along with some potentially big opportunities in the recreational-marijuana space.

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