COCA-COLA BEVERAGES AFRICA ACQUIRES AB INBEV’S 54.5 PERCENT EQUITY STAKE
The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev on Thursday announced that it has completed the transition of its 54.5 percent equity stake...
The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Thursday announced that it has completed the transition of its 54.5 percent equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15 billion after customary adjustments.
This comes after AB InBev last year acquired SABMiller for $104 billion and reached an agreement to transition AB InBev’s 54.5 percent equity stake in CCBA to Coca-Cola, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa which was formed in 2016 through the combination of the African non-alcohol ready-to-drink bottling interests of SABMiller plc, The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments.
It includes entities in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Mayotte, and Comoros, which account for about 40 percent of all Coca-Cola beverage volumes in Africa.
The transition, which was first announced in December 2016, makes The Coca-Cola Company the controlling shareholder of CCBA.
The Coca-Cola Company plans to hold all of these territories temporarily until they can be refranchised to other partners, also with the intent to account for the acquired stakes as a discontinued operation for reporting purposes.
The companies continue to work toward finalizing their conditional agreement in principle for The Coca-Cola Company to acquire AB InBev's interest in bottling operations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, El Salvador and Honduras.