SABMiller plc (the "Company") announces that on 29 November 2012 its wholly-owned subsidiary SABMiller Holdings Inc. (the "Issuer") successfully priced a bond issue under its US$ 3,000,000,000 Guaranteed Euro Medium Term Note Programme, comprising EUR 1,000,000,000 1.875% notes due January 2020 (the "Notes"). The Notes will be guaranteed by the Company and the net proceeds will be used by the Issuer to repay in part its bank borrowings incurred to finance the acquisition of Foster's Group Limited in December 2011.
Commenting on the issue, Jamie Wilson, Chief Financial Officer of the Company said:
"We are delighted with the positive response we have received from investors to our first issue in the Euro market for three years, which was very competitively priced. We believe this reflects the continuing strengths of SABMiller's business and brands".
The issue is scheduled to close on 6 December 2012, subject to customary conditions. Application will be made to the Irish Stock Exchange for the Notes to be admitted to its Official List and to trading on its Regulated Market.
This announcement may not be distributed, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. It does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities referred to herein or an invitation or inducement to purchase such securities.
The Notes have not been and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the Act) unless they are registered under the Act or pursuant to an exemption from registration. No public offer of the Notes is being made in the United States.
This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or any solicitation to purchase, nor shall it, or the fact of its distribution, form the basis of, or be relied on, in any purchase. This announcement and any subsequent offer of securities may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons receiving this announcement or any subsequent offer should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Failure to comply with such restrictions may violate securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
Any application for or purchase of securities issued by the Issuer should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the formal base prospectus issued on 12 October 2012 and the supplement dated 27 November 2012 which incorporated by reference the interim (unaudited) financial results of the Company for the six months ended 30 September 2012 (the "Prospectus"). The Prospectus contains detailed information about the Issuer, the Company and their management, as well as financial statements and other financial data relating to the Company.
Overview of SABMiller
SABMiller is one of the world's leading brewers with more than 200 beer brands and some 70,000 employees in over 75 countries. The group's portfolio includes global brands such as PilsnerUrquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft, and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila (Colombia), Castle (South Africa), Miller Lite (USA), Snow (China), Victoria Bitter (Australia) and Tyskie (Poland). SABMiller also has growing soft drinks businesses and is one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
In the year ended 31 March 2012, the group reported EBITA of US$5,634 million and group revenue of US$31,388 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.