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SABMiller PLC - Acquisition

RNS Number:2396P
SABMiller PLC
25 July 2005

Ref: 16/2005


         PROPOSED ACQUISITON OF MINORITY INTEREST IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC


London and Johannesburg, 25th July 2005. SABMiller plc announces that its wholly
owned subsidiary Pilsner Urquell Investments B.V. ('PUI') has initiated a
buy-out process to acquire the remaining 3.1% interest held by minority
shareholders in the group's Czech operating company, Plzensky Prazdroj a.s. ('
Plzensky Prazdroj'). Following the proposed transaction, PUI will be the sole
shareholder in Plzensky Prazdroj.


Following an amendment to the Czech Commercial Code and at the request of PUI,
Plzensky Prazdroj's majority shareholder, the board of directors of Plzensky
Prazdroj has called an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders ('EGM') at
which it expects PUI's offer to minority shareholders to be approved. The value
of the gross assets to be acquired is US$18.0 million or CZK446.7 million
(representing 3.1% of total gross assets). The EGM is expected to take place on
26th August 2005 and the acquisition of the minority shareholders' interest is
expected to complete in October 2005.


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Notes to editors:

SABMiller plc

SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with 2004/05 lager sales
volumes in excess of 148 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 2005, the group generated US$2,194 million pre-tax
profit from a turnover of US$14,543 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the
London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.


Plzensky Prazdroj

Plzensky Prazdroj is the leading brewing company in the Czech Republic with
lager sales volumes of over 9.7m hls in 2004/05 in over 50 countries. Its main
brands are Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Radegast and Velkopopovicky Kozel.


Website: www.sabmiller.com


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Enquiries:


Sue Clark           Director of Corporate Affairs          Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Gary Leibowitz      Vice President, Investor Relations     Tel: +44 20 7659 0119
                                                           Mob: +44 7717 428540

Nigel Fairbrass     Head of Media Relations                Tel: +44 20 7659 0105
                                                           Mob: +44 7799 894265


This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the
solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of SABMiller plc (the
'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment activity.

This document includes 'forward-looking statements'.  These statements may
contain the words 'anticipate', 'believe', 'intend', 'estimate', 'expect' and
words of similar meaning.  All statements other than statements of historical
facts included in this announcement, including, without limitation, those
regarding the Company's financial position, business strategy, plans and
objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and
objectives relating to the Company's products and services) are forward-looking
statements.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on
numerous assumptions regarding the Company's present and future business
strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future.
These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement.
  The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate
any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this
announcement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard
thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such
statement is based.

Any information contained in this announcement on the price at which the
Company's securities have been bought or sold in the past, or on the yield on
such securities, should not be relied upon as a guide to future performance.


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