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Cramer: This BUD is for you, Wall Street

Mad Money World Cup: Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD)

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The slogan may be popular in restaurants and bars, but Jim Cramer can see pros uttering "This BUD's for you" on Wall Street, too.

That's because Cramer thinks the company currently trading under the ticker BUD presents significant opportunities for shareholders.

If you're not familiar with it, BUD was formed in 2008, after InBev acquired Anheuser-Busch. And since that time, Cramer thinks the company has achieved significant synergies that truly makes it a king of beers.

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First, Cramer always advocates owning companies with strong market position, and if Anheuser-Busch InBev has anything it's strong market position. "It's the world's largest brewer with 25 percent market share around the globe and over 200 brands, including 17 that each generate over a billion dollars a year in sales," Cramer said. "In the U.S. AB InBev controls nearly 50 percent of beer market."

Also, the company has clout. Although selling alcohol at a sporting event in Brazil is not typically permitted, because Budweiser is a big sponsor of the organization behind the World Cup, the rule was suspended for the tournament. "That's powerful," said Cramer.

In addition, Cramer likes the financials. "AB InBev yields 3.6 percent and the company has raised its dividend by an average rate of 38.7 percent per year, and I think there could be more dividend boosts down the line," he said.

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On top of all that, Cramer thinks there are fundamental catalysts on the horizon that could drive business. "First there are cost savings being generated by past acquisitions," Cramer said. "Also, AB InBev has been moving into the rapidly growing domestic craft beer space. And AB InBev is winning share in China, a market with enormous potential.

All told, Cramer likes the story.

"Of course, BUD isn't cheap, trading at nearly 19 times next year's earnings estimates, but this is a best of breed company and I'm willing to pay up for best of breed, although I'd like this one even more on a pullback," Cramer said.

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