AB InBev makes revised SABMiller offer

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AB InBev makes revised SABMiller offer

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AB InBev has made a revised offer to the board of SABMiller to combine the two companies and “build the first truly global beer company”.

The revised proposal offers £42.15 per share in cash, with a partial share alternative available for approximately 41% of the SABMiller shares.

AB InBev said it had made two prior written proposals in private to SABMiller, the first at £38 per share and the second at £40 per share. The company said it was “disappointed that the board of SABMiller has rejected both of these prior approaches without any meaningful engagement”.

AB InBev said the cash proposal represents a premium of approximately 44% to SABMiller’s closing share price of £29.34 on 14 September 2015 (being the last business day prior to renewed speculation of an approach from AB InBev).

The company said: “The combination of AB InBev and SABMiller would result in a truly global brewer that would take its place as one of the world’s leading consumer products companies. Given the largely complementary geographical footprints and brand portfolios of AB InBev and SABMiller, the combined group would have operations in virtually every major beer market, including key emerging regions with strong growth prospects such as Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

As a combined company, the group would generate revenues of USD 64 billion and EBITDA of USD 24 billion1. AB InBev believes that this transaction would be in the best interests of both companies’ consumers, shareholders, employees, wholesalers, business partners and the communities they serve. “

Carlos Brito, chief executive of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said: “We have the highest respect for SABMiller, its employees and its leadership, and believe that a combination of our two great companies would build the first truly global beer company.

“Both companies have deep roots in some of the most historic beer cultures around the world and share a strong passion for brewing as well as a deep seated tradition of quality. By bringing together our rich heritage, brands and people we would provide more opportunities for consumers to taste and enjoy the world’s best beers. We also both strive to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work and live as two of the world’s leading corporate citizens. Put simply, we believe we can achieve more together than each of us could separately, bringing more beers to more people and enhancing value for all of our stakeholders.”

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