Anheuser-Busch InBev Agrees to Buy SABMiller

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Agrees to Buy SABMiller

By CGT Staff - 10/14/2015
Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to buy its main rival SABMiller for $104 billion, creating a super brewery with sales of $55 billion. The combined firm will be the world's largest beermaker by far, with nine of the world's top 20 beers by volume.

AB InBev will offer most SABMiller shareholders $67.59 per share for the maker of Miller Lite, Pilsner Urquell and Peroni, a premium of roughly 50 percent over the share price before acquisition rumors started flying.

The two biggest shareholders -- Altria and Colombia's Santo Domingo family -- will have to opt for a cash and shares alternative worth $60 a share. Altria, a U.S.-based cigarette maker, had been pushing SABMiller's board to make a deal with AB InBev.

The companies described the agreement, which must be approved by regulators, as a "possible deal." SABMiller's board members have indicated they will recommend the offer to shareholders. If the deal falls apart, AB InBev will pay a $3 billion penalty to SABMiller.

If completed, it would be the biggest beer deal ever and among the top five acquisitions of all time. Click here for the full article from CNN Money