26 March 2013
SABMiller ZAR 1,000,000,000 Bond Issue
SABMiller plc (the "Company") announces that on 26 March 2013 its wholly-owned South African subsidiary SABSA Holdings Limited (formerly SABSA Holdings Proprietary Limited) (the "Issuer") successfully priced a bond issue under its ZAR 6,000,000,000 Domestic Medium Term Note Programme established in December 2012, comprising ZAR 1,000,000,000 7.125% notes due March 2018 (the "Notes"). The Notes will be guaranteed by the Company and the net proceeds will be used by the Issuer for its general corporate purposes.
Commenting on the issue, Jamie Wilson, Chief Financial Officer of the Company said:
"We are delighted with the positive response we have received from investors to our first bond issue in the South African market for nearly six years, which was very competitively priced. We believe this reflects the continuing strengths of SABMiller's business and brands, both in South Africa and globally".
The issue is scheduled to close on 28 March 2013, subject to customary conditions. Application will be made to the Johannesburg stock exchange, the JSE Limited (the "JSE"), for the Notes to be listed on its Interest Rate Market.
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 referred to herein or an invitation or inducement to purchase such securities.
The Notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States (as such term is defined in Regulation S under the Act) unless they are registered under the 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 the Issuer should be made only on the basis of the information contained in the formal programme memorandum dated 10 December 2012 that was approved by the JSE and registered on its Interest Rate Market on 13 December 2012 (the "Programme Memorandum"). The Programme Memorandum contains detailed information about the Issuer, the Company and their management, as well as financial data relating to the Company.
Overview of SABMiller
SABMiller is one of the world's leading brewers with more than 200 beer brands and some 70,000 employees in over 75 countries. The group's portfolio includes global brands such as PilsnerUrquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft, and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila (Colombia), Castle (South Africa), Miller Lite (USA), Snow (China), Victoria Bitter (Australia) and Tyskie (Poland). SABMiller also has growing soft drinks businesses and is one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
In the year ended 31 March 2012, the group reported EBITA of US$5,634 million and group revenue of US$31,388 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
This announcement is available on the company website: www.sabmiller.com