RNS Number : 6807Y
08 September 2009

September 2009 

SABMiller Africa announces acquisition of Maheu beverage portfolio in Zambia

SABMiller Africa announces that its operating subsidiary in ZambiaHeinrich's Syndicate Limited, has  entered  into an agreement with Trade Kings Limited to acquire its Maheu business for a total cash consideration of approximately US$19.25 million. The transaction includes the purchase of the Maheu brand 'Super Maheu No.1' which is a non-alcoholic maize drink available in a variety of flavours. 

Completion of the acquisition is subject to certain customary conditions precedent including approval  from the  Zambia Competition Commission which was received last month. It is anticipated that completion of the acquisition will take place in the next two months.

Within Zambia, SABMiller Africa already owns Zambian Breweries Group, the largest clear beer and soft drinks business in the country and 70% of National Breweries Plc which is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange (LuSE) and commands a substantial amount of the opaque beer market.

The acquisition seeks to further strengthen SABMiller Africa's objective of expanding the price range of both its alcoholic and non-alcoholic brand portfolios across the continent.

SABMiller Africa intends to grow the Maheu business throughout Zambia and across a variety of African  marketsresulting in both increased sales volumes and further employment opportunities.

Following the completion of the transaction, SABMiller Africa will continue to employ the existing Trade Kings staff engaged in the production of Maheu.


Notes to editors:

About SABMiller plc

SABMiller is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as market-leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. SABMiller is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2009, the group reported US$3,405 million in adjusted pre-tax profit and group revenue of US$25,302 million. SABMiller is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. 

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Mr Jonathan Oates

Business Media Relations Manager

SABMiller plc

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