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AB InBev Completes Combination with Grupo Modelo

Brussels, 4 June 2013 – Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI; NYSE: BUD) and Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GMODELOC) today announced that AB InBev has successfully completed its combination with Grupo Modelo in a transaction valued at USD 20.1 billion.

The combination is a natural next step given the successful long-term partnership between  AB InBev and Grupo Modelo, which started more than 20 years ago. The combined company  will benefit from the significant growth potential that Modelo brands such as Corona have  globally outside of the U.S., as well as locally in Mexico, where there will also be  opportunities to introduce AB InBev brands through Modelo’s distribution network.

 The combined company will lead the global beer industry with roughly 400 million hectoliters of beer volume annually, bringing together five of the top six most valuable beer  brands in the world. Mexico is the world’s fourth largest profit pool for beer and a very attractive market due to its projected growth. The combination is also expected to generate approximately USD 1 billion in cost synergies.

Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said, “We have tremendous respect for Grupo Modelo and its brands, and we are thrilled to welcome our Grupo Modelo colleagues to the global team. We look forward to realizing our opportunities for growth and bringing our beers to more consumers around the world as we join two world-class brewers.”

Read the complete press release here.