Heineken makes offer to acquire Fraser & Neave’s interests in APB
Heineken N.V. (‘HEINEKEN’) today announced that it has made an offer to the board of its joint venture partner Fraser & Neave, Limited (‘F&N’) to acquire F&N’s direct and indirect interests in Asia Pacific Breweries Limited (‘APB’) at a price of S$50.00 per APB share, for a total consideration of S$5.1 billion.
In addition, HEINEKEN has offered S$163 million for F&N’s interest in the non-APB assets held by Asia Pacific Investment Private Limited (‘APIPL’), a 50/50 joint venture between HEINEKEN and F&N.
In accordance with the Singapore Code on Takeovers and Mergers, when the conditions of the offer are satisfied, HEINEKEN will make a mandatory general offer for all the shares of APB not already owned by HEINEKEN at a price of S$50.00 per APB share, for a maximum consideration of S$2.4 billion.
HEINEKEN believes that its offer represents compelling value for F&N shareholders and APB’s minority shareholders and treats all APB shareholders equally. The offer price represents a premium of 45% over the one-month volume weighted average price per APB share¹.
HEINEKEN is confident that when completed, this offer will also generate long-term financial and strategic value for its shareholders, given the attractive growth potential of South-East Asia and the company’s strong position within the international premium beer segment.
Commenting on the offer, HEINEKEN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jean-François van Boxmeer said: “We really value our partnership with F&N which goes back over 80 years, but due to changes in the F&N and APB shareholding, the fabric of the partnership has changed. As a result, it is time for us to look ahead to the next chapter of our Asian business, in which Singapore will continue to be our regional headquarters and both the Heineken® and Tiger brand will spearhead our brand portfolio in Asia.”
“We believe that our offer for the APB shares is highly attractive and provides excellent value to F&N and APB shareholders. At the same time, taking control of APB will create long-term financial and strategic value for HEINEKEN’s shareholders.”
Rationale for the offer
HEINEKEN’s offer is in line with the company’s strategy to expand its presence in emerging markets and follows transformational deals in recent years that have included the acquisition of the brewing operations of FEMSA in Mexico and Brazil, the partnership with United Breweries in India and acquisitions and capacity investments in Africa.
If agreed, the offer will strengthen HEINEKEN’s platform for growth in some of the world’s most exciting and dynamic economies with fast-growing populations. HEINEKEN will have direct access to a number of important markets, including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
When completed, the offer will also strengthen HEINEKEN’s portfolio, providing control of the strong international Tiger brand and strong regional and local brands such as Anchor, Bintang and Larue.
In addition, HEINEKEN will be able to consolidate APB in its accounts, providing better visibility to its Asian operations.
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