BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 1 /TMRzoo.com/ — InBev (Euronext: INB) said today that it remains committed to its proposal to create the world’s leading beer company through an acquisition of all the outstanding common shares of Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. (NYSE:BUD) at $65 per share in cash, representing an immediate premium of 35% over the unaffected share price and a premium of 18% over the previous all-time high in October, 2002.
Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of InBev, said:
“Our firm proposal of $65 per share reflects the full and fair value of the company. The proposal is backed by fully committed financing, and provides immediate certainty of value in a weakened stock market environment. Our firm proposal was rejected in favor of a newly formulated management plan with significant execution risks.
In addition to guaranteeing immediate value for Anheuser-Busch shareholders, our proposal is predicated on an established track record of international expansion and consistent growth in profitability. This combination would create a stronger, more competitive global company with an unrivaled worldwide brand portfolio and distribution network, as well as unmatched economies of scale in a period of rapidly escalating commodity prices. It would provide unparalleled opportunities for consumers, employees, wholesalers, business partners and communities.
Given the seriousness of our firm proposal, we were surprised that we did not hear from Anheuser Busch’s Board of Directors, management or advisors prior to the rejection.”
InBev’s strong preference is to enter into a constructive dialogue to achieve a friendly combination that comprehensively addresses the interests of all constituents. At the same time, InBev remains committed to the combination and will pursue all available avenues that would allow Anheuser-Busch shareholders a direct voice in the process.
Last week, InBev filed suit in Delaware to confirm that Anheuser-Busch shareholders have the ability under Delaware law to remove without cause all thirteen members of the Anheuser-Busch Board. Under Anheuser-Busch’s charter and Delaware law it is clear that the eight directors elected after 2006, who together constitute a majority of the Anheuser-Busch Board, are subject to removal and replacement without cause through the written consent procedure. The purpose of the filing is merely to confirm InBev’s strong belief that the five directors elected in 2006 may also be removed and replaced through that same mechanism.
Information for Consumers, Employees, Wholesalers, Business Partners and Communities is available at www.globalbeerleader.com or www.inbev.com .
Dutch and French versions of this press release will be posted on InBev.com
InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: INB) based in Leuven, Belgium. The company’s origins date back to 1366, and today, it is the leading global brewer. As a true consumer-centric, sales driven company, InBev manages a carefully segmented portfolio of more than 200 brands. This includes true beer icons with global reach like Stella Artois(R) and Beck’s(R), fast growing multicountry brands like Leffe(R) and Hoegaarden(R), and many consumer loved “local champions” like Skol(R), Quilmes(R), Sibirskaya Korona(R), Chernigivske(R), Sedrin(R), Cass(R) and Jupiler(R). InBev employs close to 89 000 people, running operations in over 30 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2007, InBev realized 14.4 billion euro of revenue. For further information visit www.InBev.com