2012-12-21 23:01:01 -
Amsterdam, 21 December 2012 - Heineken N.V. ('HEINEKEN') today announced that
HEINEKEN and Efes Breweries International N.V. ('EBI'), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Anadolu Efes, agreed to unwind their partnerships in Kazakhstan
· HEINEKEN will sell its 28% stake in Efes Kazakhstan to EBI; and
· HEINEKEN will acquire EBI's 28% stake in Central Europe Beverages
('CEB'), the holding company for the Serbian operations, thereby obtaining full
Selling the minority cross-holdings to each other will result in a consideration
to be paid by EBI to HEINEKEN of US$161 million.
Each of the transactions announced today is anticipated to be completed no later
than May 2013. The completion, which is subject to certain conditions, is
expected to result in an exceptional book gain for HEINEKEN. The proceeds will
support the company's financial
objective to return to a net debt/EBITDA (beia
)¹ ratio of below 2.5 times within 24 months of the closing of the APB
HEINEKEN holds a solid position in the Serbian beer market with a brand
portfolio that includes the Heineken® brand, which is the leader in the
international premium segment, the Amstel brand and the local brands PilsPlus,
Zajecarsko, MB Pils and Master.
The Kazakh beer market offers attractive growth opportunities for the Heineken®
brand in the international premium segment and HEINEKEN will continue to export
the brand to the country.
The partnerships in Kazakhstan and Serbia were created in 2008, when HEINEKEN
and EBI combined their operations in the two countries. Following a strategic
review the decision has been taken to unwind the partnerships.
¹) Before exceptional items and amortisation of brands.
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HEINEKEN is a proud, independent global brewer committed to surprise and excite
consumers with its brands and products everywhere. The brand that bears the
founder's family name - Heineken® - is available in almost every country on the
globe and is the world's most valuable international premium beer brand. The
Company's aim is to be a leading brewer in each of the markets in which it
operates and to have the world's most valuable brand portfolio. HEINEKEN wants
to win in all markets with Heineken® and with a full brand portfolio in markets
of choice. The Company is present in over 70 countries and operates more than
160 breweries with volume of 214 million hectolitres of group beer sold.
HEINEKEN is Europe's largest brewer and the world's third largest by volume.
HEINEKEN is committed to the responsible marketing and consumption of its more
than 250 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders.
These include Heineken®, Amstel, Anchor, Biere Larue, Bintang, Birra Moretti,
Cruzcampo, Desperados, Dos Equis, Foster's, Newcastle Brown Ale, Ochota, Primus,
Sagres, Sol, Star, Strongbow, Tecate, Tiger and Zywiec. Our leading joint
venture brands include Cristal and Kingfisher. On a pro-forma 2011 basis,
including APB, revenue totaled €18.5 billion and EBIT (beia) €3.0 billion. The
number of people employed is around 78,000. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding
N.V. shares are listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Prices for the ordinary
shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on
the Reuter Equities 2000 Service under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. Most recent
information is available on HEINEKEN's website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com.
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