A-B InBev could follow SABMiller takeover with more global deals

After wrapping up its pending $103 billion takeover of SABMiller, Anheuser-Busch InBev could pursue other potential deals involving international brands such as Castel Group and Coca-Cola.

SABMiller has a cross-shareholding deal with France’s Castel Group that includes the first right to buy out the company if it should seek owners other than the billionaire Castel family, sources told Reuters. That right would transfer to A-B InBev after its acquisition of SABMiller, which would allow the brewer to potentially gain full ownership of Castel. Analysts have estimated Castel, which is the second-largest beer and soft drink maker, could be worth more than $30 billion.

Other potential deals include Coca-Cola Bottling Africa. SABMiller owns 57 percent of the African unit, and under a change-of-control clause, Coke will have the right to buy out SAB’s stake once the A-B InBev takeover closes, Reuters reports. Analysts have stated they believe Coke will buy the stake, estimated to be worth as much as $4 billion.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal


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