Results of the ABI scheme meeting
9 November 2004
(Incorporated in the 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
Further to the announcement dated Thursday, 14 October 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 ("OBI") between ABI and its shareholders other than ABI Holding Company (Proprietary) Limited ("the ABI minority shareholders") has been approved by the requisite majority of ABI's minority shareholders present and voting at the ABI scheme meeting ("scheme meeting") held on Tuesday, 9 November 2004.
Application will be made to the High Court of South Africa (Witwatersrand Local Division) ("the Court") on Tuesday, 23 November 2004 at 10:00 (or as soon thereafter as Counsel may be heard) for the sanctioning of the scheme. The Court is located in the High Court Building, von Brandis Square, corner Pritchard and von Brandis Streets, Johannesburg.
If the Court sanctions the scheme, the only remaining condition precedent to which the scheme is subject, will be the registration by the Registrar of Companies of the Order of Court sanctioning the scheme.
Copies of the Chairman's report on the scheme meeting will be available on request from Thursday, 11 November 2004 during normal business hours from the registered office of ABI, ABI House, 14 Pongola Crescent, Eastgate Extension 17, Sandton and from the office of the transfer secretaries, Computershare Investor Services 2004 (Proprietary) Limited, Ground Floor, 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg.
A further announcement regarding the outcome of the application to the Court, final salient dates and times of the scheme and details of the election and surrender procedures for ABI minority shareholders, will be made to shareholders in due course.
9 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
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue, or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for, any shares or other securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.
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