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SABMiller PLC - Offer Update on ABI

RNS Number:0588E
SABMiller PLC
14 October 2004


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SABMiller recommended offer for ABI - Circular Posting and Salient Dates


London, 14 October 2004. SABMiller plc announces that, further to its
announcement dated 22 September 2004, indicating the SABMiller group's firm
intention to make an offer to acquire the issued share capital of ABI that it
does not already own, the circular setting out the details of that offer was
posted to shareholders today, Thursday 14 October 2004.


The offer is being implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement.  Should the
scheme be implemented, scheme participants will receive a cash consideration of
R 91.00 per ABI share and ABI's listing on the JSE will be terminated.


It is expected that the scheme meeting will be held on 9 November 2004, whilst
the court hearing to sanction the scheme will be held on 23 November 2004.  If
the scheme is sanctioned and implemented, it is anticipated that the scheme will
become operative on 13 December 2004, with ABI's listing on the JSE being
terminated from the commencement of trade on 14 December 2004.


The full text of the joint announcement, which contains comprehensive details of
the salient dates in respect of the scheme, is available on the JSE Securities
Exchange News Service (SENS) and on the SABMiller website, www.sabmiller.com.


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Notes to editors:
SABMiller plc


SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with 2003/04 lager sales
volumes in excess of 137 million hectolitres.  It has a brewing presence in over
40 countries across four continents and a portfolio of strong brands and leading
market shares in many of the countries in which it has brewing operations.
Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola
products in the world.


In the year ended 31 March 2004, the group generated US$1,391million pre-tax
profit from a turnover of US$12,645 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the
London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.


Amalgamated Beverage Industries Limited

Amalgamated Beverage Industries Limited (ABI) is the leading soft drink business
in the SABMiller plc group of companies.  ABI remains one of the largest
producers and trade marketers of The Coca-Cola Company brands in the southern
Africa region.  The company's core skills lie in the manufacture, trade
marketing, sales and distribution of a variety of the world's leading soft drink
brands, including carbonated soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, bottled
water and fruit juices. The company was established in 1967 as a result of
agreements between the Coca-Cola Export Corporation of the US, Cadbury Schweppes
(SA) Ltd and South African Breweries Ltd.  It became a public company in 1987
and listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in 1989.This announcement
does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase
or subscribe for any securities in any jurisdiction.


The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain
jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in any such
jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed
should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions.


This announcement contains statements about Amalgamated Beverages Industries
Limited ('ABI'), SABMiller plc ('SABMiller') and members of the SABMiller group
(together with SABMiller, the 'SABMiller Group') that are or may be forward
looking statements.  All statements other than statements of historical facts
included in this announcement may be forward looking statements.  Any statements
preceded or followed by or that include the words 'targets', 'plans',
'believes', 'expects', 'aims', 'intends', 'will', 'may', 'anticipates' or
similar expressions or the negative thereof are forward looking statements.
Forward looking statements include statements relating to the following: (i)
future capital expenditures, expenses, revenues, economic performance, financial
condition, dividend policy, losses and future prospects; (ii) business and
management strategies and the expansion and growth of ABI's or the SABMiller
Group's operations; and (iii) the effects of government regulation on ABI's or
the SABMiller Group's business.


These forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or
achievements of any such person, or industry results, to be materially different
from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward looking statements.  These forward looking statements are based on
numerous assumptions regarding the present and future business strategies of
such persons and the environment in which each will operate in the future.  All
subsequent oral or written forward looking statements attributable to ABI or any
member of the SABMiller Group or any persons acting on their behalf are
expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statement above.  ABI
and the SABMiller Group expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to
disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained
herein to reflect any change in their expectations with regard thereto or any
change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is
based.


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