The Board of SABMiller notes the recent press speculation and confirms that Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (“ABInBev”) has informed SABMiller that it intends to make a proposal to acquire SABMiller. No proposal has yet been received and the Board of SABMiller has no further details about the terms of any such proposal.
The Board of SABMiller will review and respond as appropriate to any proposal which might be made.
There can be no certainty that an offer will be made or as to the terms on which any offer might be made.
In the interim, shareholders are strongly advised to retain their shares and to take no action.
Accordingly, in accordance with Rule 2.6(a) of the Code, SABMiller announces that, by not later than 5.00 pm on 14 October 2015, ABInBev must either announce a firm intention to make an offer for SABMiller under Rule 2.7 of the Code or announce that it does not intend to make an offer for SABMiller, in which case the announcement will be treated as a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the Code applies.
This deadline will only be extended with the consent of the Takeover Panel in accordance with Rule 2.6(c) of the Code.