RNS Number : 8730Y
11 July 2008
SABMiller announces US$1.25 billion bond issue
11 July 2008
SABMiller plc (the 'Company') announces that it has successfully priced a US$1.25 billion bond issue. The notes (the 'Notes') will be issued pursuant to Rule 144A under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the 'Securities Act'), in two tranches:
US$550 million of 5.5-year notes with a coupon of 5.70%; and
US$700 million of 10-year notes with a coupon of 6.50%.
The net proceeds of the offering of the Notes will be used by the Company to repay certain existing indebtedness. The issues are scheduled to close on 17 July 2008 subject to customary conditions.
Malcolm Wyman, Chief Financial Officer, said 'We are very pleased that US bond investors have reaffirmed their recognition of the strength of the company's broad geographical business spread, leading brand portfolios and cash flow generation to enable us to undertake this important refinancing at highly competitive levels.'
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 discussed herein or an invitation or inducement to purchase such securities.
The Notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act) unless they are registered under the Securities 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 SABMiller should only be made on the basis of the information contained in the formal prospectus to be issued later today (the 'Prospectus') and any supplement or amendment thereto. The Prospectus will contain detailed information about the Issuer and its management, as well as financial statements and other financial data.
Notes to editors
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents. The group's brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market leading local brands. Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world. In the year ended March 31, 2008, the group reported $3,560 million operating profit before exceptional items and revenue of $21,410 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. For more information on SABMiller plc, visit the company's website: www.sabmiller.com.
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