SABMiller announces $2 billion bond issues and debt refinancing
7 August 2003
SABMiller plc, the world's second largest brewer by volume, announces that it is raising $2.0 billion through issues of $600 million 4.25% notes due 2008 and $1,100 million 5.50% notes due 2013 by Miller Brewing Company (Miller) and $300 million 6.625% notes due 2033 directly by SABMiller plc. The Miller issue will be guaranteed by SABMiller plc and SABMiller Finance B.V. (SABMiller Finance) and the debt securities issued by SABMiller plc will be guaranteed by its subsidiaries, Miller and SABMiller Finance. The proceeds from the Miller issue will be used to refinance a substantial portion of existing Miller bank debt, while the funds raised by the SABMiller plc issue will be used for general corporate purposes. The issues are scheduled to close on August 13, 2003, subject to customary conditions.
The notes have been offered only to qualified institutional buyers in the United States under Rule144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and certain investors outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
The notes were sold to U.S. institutional, European and Asian investors.
This press release does not and will not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the notes.
For further information:
Tel: +44 (0)1483 264000
Anna Miller Salzman
Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +44 (0)20 7659 0100
Notes to editors
SABMiller plc has a brewing presence in over 40 countries with a portfolio of strong brands and leading market positions in the United States and certain countries in Europe, Central America, Asia and Africa. In the year ended 31 March, 2003 larger volumes were 115.8 million hectolitres. SABMiller is also one of the largest bottlers and distributors of Coca-Cola products outside the United States, with total carbonated soft drink volumes in the year ended 31 March, 2003 of 22.1 million hectolitres. SABMiller acquired Miller Brewing Company in July 2002.