|Broyhan Beer and Information
|InBev (Euronext: INB) announced today that it has completed
its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD), following approval
from shareholders of both companies. The combination creates the
global leader in beer and one of the world's top five consumer
products companies. Under the terms of the merger agreement, all
shares of Anheuser-Busch will be acquired for 70 USD per share in
cash, for an aggregate of 52 billion USD.
Effective today, InBev has changed its name to Anheuser-Busch
InBev to reflect the heritage and traditions of Anheuser-Busch.
Starting November 20, 2008, the company will trade under the new
ticker symbol ABI on the Euronext Brussels stock exchange.
Anheuser-Busch has become a wholly owned subsidiary of
Anheuser-Busch InBev and will retain its current headquarters in
St. Louis, MO. St. Louis will also become the North American
headquarters for the combined company. The new Anheuser-Busch
InBev is geographically diversified, benefiting from a balanced
exposure to developed and developing markets. The company manages
a portfolio of over 200 brands that includes global flagship
brands Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's, fast growing
multi-country brands like Leffe and Hoegaarden, and strong "local
jewels" such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Quilmes, Michelob,
Harbin, Sedrin, Cass, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske,
and Jupiler, among others.
Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said, "We are
extremely pleased to announce the closing of this historic
transaction. By bringing together these two great businesses, we
have created a stronger, more competitive global company with a
leading international brand portfolio and distribution network,
and great potential for growth all over the world. We look
forward to leveraging the operational and cultural strengths of
"Today also marks an important step towards achieving our shared
dream of becoming the best beer company in a better world.
Anheuser-Busch and InBev both have rich brewing traditions and a
commitment to quality and integrity. We will succeed by
celebrating and integrating both companies' strong brands,
heritages and values and by incorporating the best practices of
both to create opportunities for all of our stakeholders