Proposal for $65 Per-Share in Cash Made on Basis of Anheuser-Busch’s Current Assets, Business and Capital Structure
BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 15 – InBev (Euronext: INB) today reaffirmed and clarified certain aspects of its proposal to combine with Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. (NYSE:BUD) to form the world’s leading global brewer in a letter sent to August A. Busch IV, president and chief executive, and the Anheuser-Busch Board of Directors. In the letter, InBev said that its June 11th proposal to combine Anheuser-Busch and InBev by acquiring all outstanding common shares of Anheuser-Busch for $65 per-share in cash, representing a 35% premium to the unaffected share price, was made on the basis of Anheuser Busch’s current assets, business and capital structure.
The Following is a copy of the letter InBev sent to the Board of Anheuser-Busch dated June 15, 2008:
June 15, 2008
Mr. August A. Busch IV
President and Chief Executive Officer
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
One Busch Place
St. Louis, Missouri
Proposal for Combination Creating the World’s Leading Beer Company
We are writing to clarify certain aspects of our proposal of June 11th.
As we indicated in our letter, we are committed to entering into a constructive dialogue with you to achieve a friendly combination of our two companies. We also stated that we have the greatest respect for Grupo Modelo and its management and look forward to the opportunity to work with them to explore possible ways to expand the availability of the Grupo Modelo brands outside of North America.
We have read the recent press reports suggesting that you may have approached Grupo Modelo regarding a possible transaction between Anheuser- Busch and Grupo Modelo or affiliated entities. In light of the reports, we believe it is important for you and your Board to understand that our proposal to combine with Anheuser-Busch by means of acquiring all Anheuser-Busch outstanding shares for $65 per share in cash is made on the basis of Anheuser- Busch’s current assets, business and capital structure. Accordingly, we would expect that prior to proceeding with any alternative transaction, especially if your shareholders will not be given the opportunity to vote on it, you would first fully explore our offer and the potential adverse consequences any such transaction could have on the ability of your shareholders to receive our premium offer.
We should also add that, having carefully considered the merits of our proposed combination, it is our strong belief that no alternative transaction that you could effectuate would create more value for your shareholders than the $65 per share in cash that we are offering. We are convinced that your shareholders would reach the same conclusion.
We remain ready to discuss our proposal with you and your Board, and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
Very truly yours,
cc: Board of Directors of the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Information for Employees, Wholesalers 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.
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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