Offer for ABI receives court sanction
23 November 2004
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London, 23 November 2004. SABMiller plc announces that the proposed scheme of arrangement to facilitate its offer to acquire those shares it does not own in its South African soft drinks subsidiary, ABI, has been sanctioned by the High Court of South Africa.
The only remaining condition precedent is the registration of the order of court sanctioning the scheme with the Registrar of Companies. This is expected to take place on Monday, 29 November 2004, and as previously announced, ABI’s listing on the JSE is anticipated to be terminated on 14 December 2004.
A joint announcement by SABMiller and ABI relating to the above, is available on the JSE Securities Exchange News Service (SENS) and the SABMiller website, www.sabmiller.com.
Notes to editors:
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers, with 2003/04 lager sales volumes in excess of 137 million hectolitres. It has a brewing presence in over 40 countries across four continents and a portfolio of strong brands and leading market shares in many of the countries in which it has brewing operations. Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.
In the year ended 31 March 2004, the group generated US$1,391million pre-tax profit from a turnover of US$12,645 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
Amalgamated Beverage Industries Limited
Amalgamated Beverage Industries Limited (ABI) is the leading soft drink business in the SABMiller plc group of companies. ABI remains one of the largest producers and trade marketers of The Coca-Cola Company brands in the southern Africa region. The company’s core skills lie in the manufacture, trade marketing, sales and distribution of a variety of the world’s leading soft drink brands, including carbonated soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, bottled water and fruit juices. The company was established in 1967 as a result of agreements between the Coca-Cola Export Corporation of the US, Cadbury Schweppes (SA) Ltd and South African Breweries Ltd. It became a public company in 1987 and listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in 1989.This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities in any jurisdiction.
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This announcement contains statements about Amalgamated Beverages Industries Limited (‘ABI’), SABMiller plc (‘SABMiller’) and members of the SABMiller group (together with SABMiller, the "SABMiller Group") that are or may be forward looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be forward looking statements. Any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets", "plans", "believes", "expects", "aims", "intends", "will", "may", "anticipates" or similar expressions or the negative thereof are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i) future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, economic performance, financial condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and management strategies and the expansion and growth of ABI's or the SABMiller Group's operations; and (iii) the effects of government regulation on ABI's or the SABMiller Group's business.
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