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SABMiller PLC - SAR - SABMILLER PLC ORD

RNS Number:7555I
SABMiller PLC
21 February 2005


                                   FORM SAR 3

Lodge with a RIS or Newstrack, if appropriate, and the Takeover Panel. A copy
must also be sent to the company the shares of which are acquired.

                                             Date of disclosure 21 February 2005

   DISCLOSURE UNDER RULE 3 OF THE RULES GOVERNING SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITIONS OF
                                SHARES ('SARs')


Date of acquisition: 18 February 2005

Acquisition in: SABMiller plc


(1)   Class of voting shares         Number of shares/rights over shares  If
rights over shares acquired,
        (eg ordinary shares)         acquired*                            as opposed to the shares
                                                                          themselves, specify nature of
                                                                          rights

        Ordinary                     27,640,206 shares                    N/A

                                     N/A        rights


* Note:   27,640,206 ordinary shares were acquired as a result of the conversion
          of that number of low voting convertible shares into ordinary shares
          in accordance with the Articles of Association of SABMiller plc.


(2)   Resultant total holding of     Resultant total holding of rights    Total
percentage
voting shares (and % of total voting over shares (and % of total voting
shares in issue)                     shares in issue)


262,588,976 ordinary shares and
167,411,024 low voting convertible
shares each carrying one-tenth of a
vote per share.

                            (24.99%)   N/A          (   %)                   (24.99%)


(3)   Party making disclosure                       Altria Group, Inc.


(4)   (a)   Name of person acquiring shares or rights over shares
            and, if different, beneficial owner.    Altria Group, Inc.


      (b)   Names of any other persons acting by
            agreement or understanding              N/A


Signed, for and on behalf of the party named in (3) above .....................


(Also print name of signatory)                      G Penn Holsenbeck


Telephone and extension number                      +1 917 633 2256

                     ______________________________________

Note 1.   Under SAR 5, the holdings of and acquisitions by persons acting by
agreement or understanding must be aggregated and treated as a holding of or
acquisition by one person. Note 3 on SAR 5 requires persons who must aggregate
holdings to disclose certain disposals.

Note 2.   The resultant total percentage holding of voting shares and rights
over shares is to be calculated by reference to the percentage held and in issue
outside treasury.

For full details of the SARs disclosure requirements, see Rules 3 and 5 of the
SARs. If in doubt, contact the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, Monitoring
Section, Tel. No: 020 7638 0129.
E-mail: monitoring@disclosure.org.uk

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