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Anheuser-Busch agrees £68bn take over deal with SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch agrees £68bn take over deal with SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch agrees £68bn take over deal with SABMiller
October 13
08:34 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed in principle to buy SABMiller for approximately £68 billion or €92 billion, raising its bid after several rejections to clinch a record deal within the industry.

It will bring one out of every three beers sold worldwide under a single company.

The Budweiser maker will pay £44 a share in cash for a majority of the shares in its nearest competitor, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday, gaining brands such as Peroni and Grolsch and giving it control of about half the industry’s profit.

The price is 50 percent above SABMiller’s closing value on Sept 14th, the day before speculation of a deal surfaced.

After years of speculation, the deal has been hastened by the impact of slowing economies in emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

A 20 per cent drop in SABMiller shares in the months preceding AB’s approach paired with the prospect of an end to cheap credit also served as a catalyst to a takeover.

SABMiller said its board is prepared to recommend it. Under UK takeover rules, AB has until 5pm on Wednesday to make a formal offer but the companies have agreed to seek an extension of that by two weeks in order to have time to formalise the agreement.

AB agreed to pay a fee of $3billion if it fails to get approval from regulators and shareholders for the purchase.

The new company will be incorporated in Belgium. SABMiller’s two largest shareholders, Altria Group and Bevco can receive cash and stock valued at £39.03 a share for their stakes which account for 41 percent of the company.

SABMiller shares fell 1.3 per cent to 3,621.50 pence in London Monday. AB InBev was little changed at €98.35 in Brussels.

The UK brewer declined previous proposals, including one AB made public on Oct 7th that valued the company at about £65.2 billion.

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