Sanctioning of the scheme of arrangement
23 November 2004
(Incorporated in England and Wales)
(Registration number 3528416)
Share code: SAB
|Amalgamated Beverage Industries Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1970/006820/06)
Share code: ABI
ISIN: ZAE 000000048
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Further to the announcements dated 22 September 2004, 14 October 2004 and 9 November 2004, ABI shareholders are advised that the scheme of arrangement ("the scheme") in terms of section 311 of the Companies Act, 1973 (Act 61 of 1973), as amended, proposed by Other Beverage Interests (Proprietary) Limited, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of SABMiller, between ABI and its shareholders, other than ABI Holding Company (Proprietary) Limited , was sanctioned by the High Court of South Africa (Witwatersrand Local Division) today, being Tuesday, 23 November 2004.
The remaining condition precedent is that a certified copy of the Order of Court sanctioning the scheme be registered by the Registrar of Companies. It is expected that a certified copy of the Order of Court will be lodged with the Registrar of Companies on Monday, 29 November 2004 and that the scheme will be implemented in accordance with the timetable set out in the announcement dated 14 October 2004. The operative date of the scheme is expected to be Monday, 13 December 2004.
23 November 2004
Investment bank to OBI and SABMiller
Nedbank Capital, a division of Nedbank Limited
Sponsor to SABMiller and ABI
Cazenove ( South Africa ) (Proprietary) Limited
Attorneys to OBI and SABMiller
Werksmans Inc. Barkers Inc.
Tax advisers to OBI and SABMiller
Webber Wentzel Bowens
Investment bank and independent adviser to ABI
Attorneys to ABI
Routledge Modise Moss Morris
Reporting accountants and auditors to ABI
Ernst & Young
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