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SABMiller PLC - Result - Offers in Ecuador

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SABMiller PLC
28 December 2006


28 December 2006


  Outcome of SABMiller tender offers for shares in subsidiaries in Ecuador and
                      announcement of an Ecuadorian merger


On 18 October 2006, SABMiller plc ('SABMiller') announced that simultaneous
tender offers had been launched on the Guayaquil and Quito Stock Exchanges for
all the shares in its listed Ecuadorian subsidiaries, Compania de Cervezas
Nacionales C.A. ('CCN') and Cerveceria Andina S.A. ('Andina') and a tender offer
for all of the shares in its unlisted Ecuadorian subsidiary, Agrilsa Agricola e
Industrial S.A. ('Agrilsa') (collectively the 'Offers'). The Offers were made in
cash, at US$36.25 per share for each of the three companies and closed on 13
December 2006.


Acceptances were received from 62.31%, 57.78% and 78.41% of the non-SABMiller
holders of CCN, Andina and Agrilsa shares, respectively. As a result,
SABMiller's effective interest has increased to 96.00% in CCN, to 85.49% in
Andina and to 96.93% in Agrilsa. The total cash consideration paid to
non-SABMiller shareholders as a result of the Offers was approximately US$54
million.


As previously announced, following the successful completion of the Offers it is
intended to merge the operations of CCN and Andina into one integrated business
in Ecuador (the 'Merger'). On 22 December 2006, meetings of the shareholders of
CCN and Andina were held at which resolutions approving the Merger were passed.
Steps will now be taken under Ecuadorian Law to merge CCN and Andina. SABMiller
anticipates this process will take up to 10 months to complete.


Commenting on the transaction, Barry Smith, President, SABMiller South America,
said:


'We are very pleased with the response from shareholders to the offers. We will
now proceed with the necessary steps to integrate our two excellent businesses
in Ecuador into a single company to create a world class operation, further
demonstrating SABMiller's commitment to its Ecuadorian businesses and
employees'.


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Notes to editors:


About SABMiller plc


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 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 31 March 2006, the group reported US$15,307 million in
revenues and profit before tax of US$2,453 million. SABMiller plc is listed on
the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.


This announcement is available on www.sabmiller.com

Enquiries:
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SABMiller plc                                            Tel: +44 20 7659 0100

Sue Clark           Director of Corporate Affairs        Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Rachel Kentleton    Senior Manager, Investor Relations   Tel: +44 20 7659 0174

Nigel Fairbrass     Head of Media Relations              Tel: +44 20 7659 0105


This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the
solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of SABMiller plc (the
'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment activity.

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statement is based.

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Company's securities have been bought or sold in the past, or on the yield on
such securities, should not be relied upon as a guide to future performance.


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