Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. today announced that AB InBev has successfully completed its combination with Grupo Modelo in a transaction valued at USD 20.1 billion.
The combination is a natural next step given the successful long-term partnership between AB InBev and Grupo Modelo, which started more than 20 years ago. The combined company will benefit from the significant growth potential that Modelo brands such as Corona have globally outside of the U.S., as well as locally in Mexico, where there will also be opportunities to introduce AB InBev brands through Modelo’s distribution network.
The combined company will lead the global beer industry with roughly 400 million hectoliters of beer volume annually, bringing together five of the top six most valuable beer brands in the world. Mexico is the world’s fourth largest profit pool for beer and a very attractive market due to its projected growth. The combination is also expected to generate approximately USD 1 billion in cost synergies.
Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said, “We have tremendous respect for Grupo Modelo and its brands, and we are thrilled to welcome our Grupo Modelo colleagues to the global team. We look forward to realizing our opportunities for growth and bringing our beers to more consumers around the world as we join two world-class brewers.”
Local Management and Board
As previously announced, Ricardo Tadeu will serve as Zone President Mexico and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Modelo, effective immediately. Mexico will become AB InBev’s seventh Zone. Grupo Modelo’s headquarters will remain in Mexico City, and it will continue to have a local board, which will be appointed by AB InBev at the next shareholders meeting of the company. Carlos Fernández, María Asunción Aramburuzabala and Valentín Díez Morodo have been invited to continue to play an important role on Grupo Modelo’s Board of Directors.
María Asunción Aramburuzabala and Valentín Díez Morodo will also join AB InBev’s Board of Directors, subject to the approval of AB InBev’s shareholders at the next shareholders meeting.
Tender Offer Settlement
In connection with the completion of the combination, AB InBev announced the successful settlement of the all-cash tender offer for the remaining shares of Grupo Modelo that it did not already own for USD 9.15 per share. As of May 31, 2013, approximately 89% of Grupo Modelo’s outstanding Series C common shares were validly tendered and acquired in the tender offer by a subsidiary of AB InBev. AB InBev now owns approximately 95% of Grupo Modelo’s outstanding common shares.
Grupo Modelo will be fully consolidated in the AB InBev financial reporting as of June 4, 2013. Later today, AB InBev will establish and fund a trust that will accept further tender of shares by Grupo Modelo shareholders at a price of USD 9.15 per share over a period of up to 25 months, during which time Grupo Modelo shares will continue to be quoted on the Mexican Stock Exchange. AB InBev will recognize in its financial reports the amount deposited with the trust as restricted cash and will recognize a liability for the Grupo Modelo shares it did not acquire by the end of the MTO.
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Reporting Impact
AB InBev is in the process of preparing the allocation of the purchase price to the individual assets and liabilities acquired in compliance with IFRS3 and plans to publish a preliminary opening balance sheet in its 2013 half year unaudited condensed financial statements. As part of this exercise, AB InBev will re-value its initial stake in Grupo Modelo at its deemed fair value in line with the applicable accounting standards under IFRS and resulting in a non-recurring, non-cash gain estimated at approximately USD 6 billion. The opening balance sheet will report the Crown Imports and Grupo Modelo U.S. business being disposed to Constellation Brands as assets held for sale. These assets will be recognized at their after-tax net realizable value.
Investment in AB InBev by Grupo Modelo Shareholders
In a transaction related to the combination with Grupo Modelo, select Grupo Modelo shareholders have committed, upon tender of their shares, to acquire the equivalent of approximately 23.1 million AB InBev shares, to be delivered within five years via a deferred share instrument, for a consideration of approximately USD 1.5 billion. This investment will occur on June 5, 2013. AB InBev will include the weighted average number of the shares promised via the deferred share instruments outstanding on a time-apportioned basis as of June 5, 2013 in the calculation of its basic and diluted earnings per share, until the underlying shares have been delivered to the investors. By May 31, 2013, approximately 80% of the shares promised in the deferred share instruments had been hedged.
Given the transformational nature of the transaction with Grupo Modelo, and to facilitate the understanding of AB InBev’s underlying performance, AB InBev will present its results going forward in comparison to a 2012 Reference base. The Reference base will include the Grupo Modelo results as from June 4, 2012 for comparative purposes. The 2012 Reference base that will be used in the results announcements going forward and that will be used by management to assess the underlying performance of the business will be published in the coming weeks.
The related transaction with Constellation Brands, including the sale of Grupo Modelo’s Piedras Negras brewery, Grupo Modelo’s 50% stake in Crown Imports and perpetual rights to Grupo Modelo’s brands in the U.S., is expected to close on June 7, 2013.