RNS Number : 3892M
28 January 2009

28 January 2009

SABMiller announces acquisition of a 71% interest in Romanian brewer Bere Azuga

SABMiller plc announces that its Romanian subsidiary, Ursus Breweries, has acquired a 71% interest in the Romanian brewer Bere AzugaBere Azuga, which produces the Azuga and Valea Prahovei brands, operates from a single brewery located some 30 kilometres from the city of Brasov, in the central Transylvanian region of Romania and has an estimated market share of 0.6%.


Stephan Maria Weber, Managing Director of Ursus Breweries, commented:

"Ursus Breweries is pleased to add one of the most recognised Romanian brands to its portfolio. The acquisition of Bere Azuga, which has a strong Romanian heritage, illustrates our determination to offer our customers a choice of high quality brands that span a range of different drinking occasions."

Bere Azuga is listed on the Bucharest stock exchange and its market capitalisation on the last day of trading prior to this announcement was €9.3 million, based on a share price of €1.73. The value of the gross assets acquired is €24.8 million.

In accordance with local law and regulations, Ursus Breweries will seek the approval of the competition authority and in due course will launch a public offer for the shares it does not own.


Notes to editors:

About SABMiller plc

SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as market-leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.  SABMiller is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2008, the group reported US$3,639 million in adjusted pre-tax profit and revenue of US$21,410 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. 

This announcement is available on the company website: www.sabmiller.com

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