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Grupo Modelo Mergers Effective; Anheuser-Busch InBev to Launch Tender Offer in Coming Days

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Grupo Modelo Mergers Effective; Anheuser-Busch InBev to Launch Tender Offer in Coming Days

16:08 EDT Thursday, April 25, 2013

BRUSSELS, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI; NYSE: BUD) today announced the completion of the mergers of Diblo, S.A. de C.V. and Dirección de Fábricas, S.A. de C.V. with and into their affiliate, Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GMODELOC). Following the mergers, AB InBev's economic interest in the Grupo Modelo companies remains largely unchanged at 50.3% and AB InBev has the right to appoint a tenth director on Grupo Modelo's 20-person Board of Directors.

As previously announced, in the coming days, AB InBev will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Grupo Modelo that it does not already own at a price of USD 9.15 per share.

AB InBev expects to complete the transaction in June 2013.

Once the tender offer has been completed and the transaction has closed, Ricardo Tadeu, currently Business Unit President for Brazil, will be appointed as Zone President Mexico and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Modelo. Mexico will become AB InBev's seventh Zone. 

Transaction Website: www.globalbeerleader.com.

The enclosed information constitutes regulated information as defined in the Belgian Royal Decree of 14 November 2007 regarding the duties of issuers of financial instruments which have been admitted for trading on a regulated market.

DisclaimerThis release contains certain forward-looking statements reflecting the current views of the management of AB InBev with respect to, among other things, the proposed transaction described herein as well as AB InBev's strategic objectives, business prospects, future financial condition, budgets, projected levels of production, projected costs and projected levels of revenues and profits, and the synergies it is able to achieve. These statements involve risks and uncertainties. The ability of AB InBev to achieve these objectives and targets or to consummate the proposed transaction is dependent on many factors some of which may be outside of management's control. In some cases, words such as "believe", "intend", "expect", "anticipate", "plan", "target", "will" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements are used. All statements other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they reflect AB InBev's current expectations and assumptions as to future events and circumstances that may not prove accurate. The actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons including the risks described under Item 3.D of AB InBev's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on 13 April 2012, as well as risks associated with the proposed transaction, including uncertainty as whether AB InBev will be able to consummate the transaction on the terms described in this document or in the definitive agreements, the ability to obtain necessary governmental approvals, the availability of financing for the transaction and the ability to consummate the financing on the currently anticipated terms, the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of transaction, including as a result of a delay in completing the transaction or difficulty in integrating the businesses of the companies involved, and the amount and timing of any costs savings and operating synergies. AB InBev cannot assure you that the proposed transaction or the future results, level of activity, performance or achievements of AB InBev will meet the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements. Moreover, neither AB InBev nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the forward-looking statements. Unless AB InBev is required by law to update these statements, AB InBev will not necessarily update any of these statements after the date hereof, either to confirm the actual results or to report a change in its expectations.

 

Anheuser-Busch InBev Contacts:

Media

Investors

Marianne Amssoms

Tel: +1-212-573-9281

E-mail: marianne.amssoms@ab-inbev.com

Graham Staley

Tel: +1-212-573-4365

E-mail: graham.staley@ab-inbev.com

Karen Couck

Tel:  +32-16-27-69-65

E-mail: karen.couck@ab-inbev.com     

Thelke Gerdes

Tel: +32-16-27-68-88

E-mail: thelke.gerdes@ab-inbev.com

Laura Vallis

Tel: +1-212-573-9283

E-mail: laura.vallis@ab-inbev.com

Christina Caspersen

Tel: +1-212-573-4376

E-mail: christina.caspersen@ab-inbev.com

Steve Lipin / Stan Neve, Brunswick Group

Tel: +1-212-333-3810

About Anheuser-Busch InBevAnheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD).  It is the leading global brewer, one of the world's top five consumer products companies and recognized as first in the beverage industry on FORTUNE Magazine's "World's Most Admired" companies list.  Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years and our portfolio of well over 200 beer brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers.  We invest the majority of our brand-building resources on our Focus Brands - those with the greatest growth potential such as global brands Budweiser®, Stella Artois® and Beck's®, alongside Leffe®, Hoegaarden®, Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Antarctica®, Quilmes®, Michelob Ultra®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, Hasseroder® and Jupiler®.  In addition, the company owns a majority equity interest in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer and owner of the global Corona® brand.  Anheuser-Busch InBev's dedication to heritage and quality originates from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, with origins in St. Louis, USA since 1852.  Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser Busch InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 118,000 employees based in 23 countries worldwide.  In 2012, AB InBev realized 39.8 billion US dollar revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.  For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.com.  

SOURCE Anheuser-Busch InBev

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