Anheuser-Busch InBev Agrees to Sell Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
(Incorporated in the Kingdom of Belgium)
Register of Companies Number: 0417.497.106
Euronext Brussels Share Code: ABI
Mexican Stock Exchange Share Code: ANB
NYSE ADS Code: BUD
JSE Share Code: ANH
(“AB InBev” or the “Company”)
Anheuser-Busch InBev Agrees to Sell Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. and Continues to
Evaluate a Potential IPO of Budweiser APAC
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19 July 2019 – Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) (MEXBOL: ANB) (JSE: ANH) has agreed
to divest Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), its Australian subsidiary, to Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. for 16.0
billion AUD, equivalent to approximately 11.3 billion USD, in enterprise value. The transaction represents an
implied multiple of 14.9x 2018 normalized EBITDA. As part of this transaction, AB InBev will grant Asahi Group
Holdings, Ltd. rights to commercialize the portfolio of AB InBev’s global and international brands in Australia.
The divestiture of CUB, once completed, will help AB InBev to accelerate its expansion into other fast-growing
markets in the APAC region and globally. It will also allow the company to create additional shareholder value
by optimizing its business at an attractive price while further deleveraging its balance sheet and strengthening
its position for growth opportunities.
In addition, AB InBev continues to believe in the strategic rationale of a potential offering of a minority stake of
Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Limited (Budweiser APAC), excluding Australia, provided that it can be
completed at the right valuation.
Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of AB InBev, said, “We continue to see great potential for our business in
APAC and the region remains a growth engine within our company. With our unparalleled portfolio of brands,
strong commercial plans and talented people, we are uniquely positioned to capture opportunities for growth
across the APAC region.”
Substantially all of the proceeds from the divestiture of the Australian business will be used by the company to
pay down debt. AB InBev’s commitment to reach a net debt to EBITDA target ratio of below 4x by the end of
2020 is not dependent on the completion of this transaction.
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. has committed financing in place and the transaction is subject to customary closing
conditions, including but not limited to regulatory approvals in Australia. The transaction is expected to close
by the first quarter of 2020.
This press release does not represent an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy shares in either AB InBev or
About Anheuser-Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings on the Mexico
(MEXBOL: ANB) and South Africa (JSE: ANH) stock exchanges and with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE: BUD). Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together
for thousands of years. We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest
natural ingredients. Our diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®;
multi-country brands Beck’s®, Castle®, Castle Lite®, Hoegaarden® and Leffe®; and local champions such as Aguila®, Antarctica®, Bud
Light®, Brahma®, Cass®, Cristal®, Harbin®, Jupiler®, Michelob Ultra®, Modelo Especial®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Sedrin®, and Skol®.
Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn
brewery in Leuven, Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery
in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. To Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil. Geographically diversified with a balanced
exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage the collective strengths of approximately 175,000 employees based in nearly
50 countries worldwide. For 2018, AB InBev’s reported revenue was 54.6 billion USD (excluding JVs and associates).
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains “forward-looking statements”. These statements are based on the current expectations and views of future events
and developments of the management of AB InBev and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The forward-
looking statements contained in this release include, among other things, statements relating to AB InBev’s agreed sale of Carlton &
United Breweries and other statements other than historical facts. Forward-looking statements include statements typically containing
words such as “will”, “may”, “should”, “believe”, “intends”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “targets”, “estimates”, “likely”, “foresees” and words of
similar import. All statements other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance
on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the current views of the management of AB InBev, are subject to numerous risks and
uncertainties about AB InBev and are dependent on many factors, some of which are outside of AB InBev’s control. There are important
factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different, including the conditions to the sale
of Carlton & United Breweries, the risks and uncertainties relating to AB InBev described under Item 3.D of AB InBev’s Annual Report on
Form 20-F (“Form 20-F”) filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on 22 March 2019. Other unknown or
unpredictable factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.
The forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included elsewhere, including
AB InBev’s most recent Form 20-F and other reports furnished on Form 6-K, and any other documents that AB InBev has made public.
Any forward-looking statements made in this communication are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements and there can
be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by AB InBev will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that
they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, AB InBev or its business or operations. Except as required by law, AB InBev
undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events
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19 July 2019
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