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Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
03 April 2024
 

3 April 2024

ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV ANNOUNCES PRICING OF ITS EUR TENDER OFFERS

On 19 March 2024, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (the "EUR Offeror") launched separate invitations to holders of its outstanding €1,000,000,000 2.700% Notes due 2026 (ISIN: BE6265142099), €1,000,000,000 2.125% Notes due 2027 (ISIN: BE6320934266) and €3,000,000,000 2.000% Notes due 2028 (ISIN: BE6285455497) (together, the "EUR Notes") to tender such EUR Notes for purchase by the EUR Offeror for cash subject to the Offer Cap and the Acceptance Priority Levels (each such invitation a "EUR Tender Offer" and, together, the "EUR Tender Offers" and, together with the US Tender Offers (as defined in the Offer to Purchase (as defined below)), the "Tender Offers"). The EUR Tender Offers were made on the terms and subject to the conditions contained in the offer to purchase dated 19 March 2024 (the "Offer to Purchase") and are subject to the offer restrictions set out below and as more fully described in the Offer to Purchase. Capitalised terms used and not otherwise defined in this announcement have the meanings given in the Offer to Purchase.

The EUR Offeror today announces the pricing of the Total Consideration in relation to the EUR Tender Offers, which is as follows:

Title of Notes(2)

Principal Amount Outstanding

ISIN

Maturity Date

Acceptance Priority Level

Principal Amount to be Purchased

Interpolated Mid-Swap Rate

Fixed Spread (Basis Points)

Reference Yield

Total Consideration(1)

Pro-Ration Factor

2.700% Notes due 2026

€1,000,000,000

BE6265142099

31 March 2026

2

EUR 384,840,000

2026 Interpolated Mid-Swap Rate

- 7

3.186 per cent.

EUR 992.26

N/A

2.125% Notes due 2027

€1,000,000,000

BE6320934266

2 December 2027

3

EUR 212,102,000

2027 Interpolated Mid-Swap Rate

+ 5

2.855 per cent.

EUR 973.54

N/A

2.000% Notes due 2028

€3,000,000,000

BE6285455497

17 March   2028

5

EUR 88,534,000

2028 Interpolated Mid-Swap Rate

+ 15

2.818 per cent.

EUR 964.80

0.28359

Notes:

(1) Per EUR1,000 in principal amount of such series of EUR Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or prior to the Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase. The Reference Yield and the Total Consideration for each series of EUR Notes were determined at 9:00 a.m., New York City time (2:00 p.m., London time), on 3 April 2024, as described in the Offer to Purchase.  The Total Consideration already includes the Early Tender Payment of EUR 30 per EUR 1,000 principal amount of EUR Notes and assumes a settlement date of 22 April 2024.

(2) The EUR Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC, Anheuser-Busch InBev Finance Inc., Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide Inc., Brandbev S.à r.l., Brandbrew S.A. and Cobrew NV (the "Guarantors").

As announced on 19 March 2024 and earlier today, the Offerors will spend up to $2,500,000,000 in combined aggregate purchase price (excluding Accrued Interest) in the Tender Offers. Because the Offer Cap has been reached, the Offerors do not expect to accept for purchase any Notes tendered after 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on 2 April 2024 (the "Early Tender Time").

The settlement date for all EUR Notes validly tendered prior to or at the Early Tender Time and accepted for purchase is expected to be on 22 April 2024 (the "Settlement Date"). Holders will also receive accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes validly tendered and accepted for purchase from the applicable last interest payment date up to, but not including, the Settlement Date.

As previously announced, according to information provided by Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Tender and Information Agent for the EUR Tender Offers, based on valid EUR Tender Instructions received and not withdrawn as at the Early Tender Time, EUR 909,747,000 in aggregate principal amount of EUR Notes had been validly tendered pursuant to the EUR Tender Offers.

The EUR Offeror will accept for purchase all of the 2.700% Notes due 2026 and the 2.125% Notes due 2027 validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Early Tender Time and the 2.000% Notes due 2028 validly tendered and not validly withdrawn as of the Early Tender Time in a principal amount equal to EUR 88,534,000.

Holders of the EUR Notes who tendered at or prior to the Early Tender Time and whose EUR Notes were accepted for purchase are eligible to receive the applicable Total Consideration.

The EUR Tender Offers will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on 17 April 2024 (such time and date, the "Expiration Time"), or any other date and time to which the EUR Offeror extends the applicable EUR Tender Offer. Because the Offer Cap has been reached, the EUR Offeror does not expect to accept for purchase any EUR Notes tendered after the Early Tender Time.

All EUR Notes repurchased pursuant to the EUR Tender Offers will be cancelled.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATES TO THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION THAT QUALIFIED OR MAY HAVE QUALIFIED AS INSIDE INFORMATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 7(1) OF THE MARKET ABUSE REGULATION (EU) 596/2014 ("MAR").

FOR THE PURPOSES OF MAR AND ARTICLE 2 OF COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2016/1055, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE BY PATRICK RYAN, GLOBAL DIRECTOR (TREASURY) OF THE EUR OFFEROR.

Further Information

A complete description of the terms and conditions of the EUR Tender Offers is set out in the Offer to Purchase. Before making a decision with respect to the EUR Tender Offers, Holders should carefully consider all of the information in the Offer to Purchase.

BofA Securities Inc., Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft, J.P. Morgan SE, Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH and SMBC Bank EU AG are the lead dealer managers (the "Lead Dealer Managers" and, together with the dealer managers appointed in respect of the US Tender Offers and any additional dealer managers appointed by the Offerors, the "Dealer Managers") for the EUR Tender Offers, and Global Bondholder Services Corporation is the tender agent (the "Tender and Information Agent") for the EUR Tender Offers.

Questions and requests for assistance in connection with the EUR Tender Offers may be directed by Relevant Holders (as defined below) to BofA Securities Inc., Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft, J.P. Morgan SE, Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH and SMBC Bank EU AG. Requests for additional copies of the Offer to Purchase, or questions or requests for assistance from Holders that are not Relevant Holders, should be directed to the Tender and Information Agent. Beneficial owners may also contact their Custodian for assistance concerning the Tender Offers.

LEAD DEALER MANAGERS

(in respect of the EUR Tender Offers as made to Relevant Holders (as defined below) only)

BofA Securities, Inc.

620 S Tryon Street, 20th Floor

Charlotte

North Carolina 28255

United States of America

 

Attention: Liability Management Group

Collect: (980) 387-3907

Toll-Free: (888) 292-0070

Email: debt_advisory@bofa.com

 

In Europe:

Telephone: +33 1 877 01057

Email: DG.LM-EMEA@bofa.com

 

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft
Mainzer Landstr.
11-17

60329 Frankfurt am Main

Germany


Attn: Liability Management Group

Telephone: +44 20 7545 8011

 

 

 

J.P. Morgan SE

Taunustor 1

(TaunusTurm)

60310 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

 

Attn: Liability Management

Collect: +44 20 7134 2468

Email: Liability_Management_EMEA@jpmorgan.com

Mizuho Securities Europe GmbH

Taunustor 1

60310 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

 

Attention: Liability Management

Telephone: +34 91 790 7559

Toll Free: +1 (866) 271-7403

Email: liabilitymanagement@uk.mizuho-sc.com

 

 

 

SMBC Bank EU AG

Neue Mainzer Str. 52-58

60311 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

 

Attn: Liability Management

Telephone: +49 69 2222 9 8481

Email: liability.management@smbcnikko-cm.com

 

THE TENDER AND INFORMATION AGENT

Global Bondholder Services Corporation

 

By Facsimile (Eligible Institutions Only):

+1 (212) 430-3775 or +1 (212) 430-3779

 

By Mail or Hand:

65 Broadway-Suite 404

New York, New York 10006

Attention: Corporate Actions

 

Banks and Brokers Call Collect: +1 (212) 430-3774

All Others, Please Call Toll-Free: +1 (855) 654-2014

By E-mail:
contact@gbsc-usa.com

Tender Offer Website:

https://gbsc-usa.com/registration/abi

 

None of the Dealer Managers, the Tender and Information Agent, the EUR Offeror, the Guarantors, nor any director, officer, employee, agent or affiliate of any such person, is acting for any Holder, or will be responsible to any Holder for providing any protections which would be afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the Tender Offers, and accordingly none of the Dealer Managers, the Tender and Information Agent, the EUR Offeror, the Guarantors, nor any director, officer, employee, agent or affiliate of, any such person makes any recommendation whether Holders should tender EUR Notes in the Tender Offers. If any Holder is in any doubt as to the action it should take or is unsure of the impact of the EUR Tender Offers, it is recommended that the Holder seek its own financial and legal advice, including as to any tax consequences, from its securities broker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or other independent financial, tax or legal adviser.

None of the Dealer Managers (nor any of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents or affiliates) has any role in relation to any part of the EUR Tender Offers made to Holders that are not Relevant Holders, where "Relevant Holders" means a Holder of EUR Notes that is:

(a)           if resident or located in a member state of the European Union (the "EU"), an "eligible counterparty" or a "professional client", each as defined in Directive No. 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments (as amended from time to time);

(b)           if resident or located in the UK, an "eligible counterparty", as defined in the FCA Handbook Conduct of Business Sourcebook, or a "professional client" as defined in point (8) of Article 2(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 600/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018; or

(c)           if resident or located in a jurisdiction outside of the EU and the UK, an institutional holder under applicable local law and not a retail holder.

Offer and Distribution Restrictions

The EUR Offeror has not filed this announcement or the Offer to Purchase with, and neither this announcement nor the Offer to Purchase has been reviewed by, any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority of any country. No authority has passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this announcement or the Offer to Purchase, and it is unlawful and may be a criminal offense to make any representation to the contrary. No person has been authorized to give any information or to make any representations other than those contained or incorporated by reference in the Offer to Purchase. Holders must comply with all laws that apply to them in connection with the Offer to Purchase. Holders must also obtain any consents or approvals that they need in order to tender EUR Notes pursuant to the EUR Tender Offers. None of the EUR Offeror, the Guarantors, the Dealer Managers or the Tender and Information Agent is responsible for Holders' compliance with these legal requirements.

Neither this announcement nor the Offer to Purchase constitutes an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell EUR Notes in any jurisdiction in which, or to or from any person to or from whom, it is unlawful to make such offer or solicitation under applicable securities or blue sky laws. In those jurisdictions where the securities, blue sky or other laws require the EUR Tender Offers to be made by a licensed broker or dealer and any of the Dealer Managers or any of the Dealer Managers' respective affiliates is such a licensed broker or dealer in any such jurisdiction, the EUR Tender Offers shall be deemed to be made by such Dealer Manager or affiliate, as the case may be, on behalf of the EUR Offeror in such jurisdiction (but only to any Holder that is a Relevant Holder). Neither the delivery of the Offer to Purchase nor any purchase of EUR Notes will, under any circumstances, create any implication that the information contained in the Offer to Purchase is current as of any time subsequent to the date of such information.

United Kingdom. The communication of this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers is not being made by and such documents and/or materials have not been approved by an "authorised person" for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the "FSMA"). Accordingly, such documents and/or materials are not being distributed to, and must not be passed on to, the general public in the United Kingdom. The communication of such documents and/or materials is exempt from the restriction on financial promotions under section 21(1) of the FSMA on the basis that it is only directed at and may only be communicated to: (1) persons who are outside of the United Kingdom; (2) investment professionals falling within the definition contained in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order"); (3) those persons who are existing members or creditors of the EUR Offeror or other persons falling within Article 43(2) of the Order; or (4) any other persons to whom such documents and/or materials may lawfully be communicated in accordance with the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers are only available to relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.

France. The Tender Offers are not being made, directly or indirectly, in the Republic of France (other than to qualified investors as described below). This announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other document or material relating to the EUR Tender Offers have only been, and shall only be, distributed in the Republic of France to qualified investors as defined in Article 2(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation"). Neither this announcement, the Offer to Purchase nor any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers have been or will be submitted for clearance to the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Italy. None of the EUR Tender Offers, this announcement, the Offer to Purchase or any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers have been or will be submitted to the clearance procedure of the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa ("CONSOB") pursuant to applicable Italian laws and regulations. The Tender Offers are being carried out in the Republic of Italy ("Italy") as exempted offers pursuant to article 101-bis, paragraph 3-bis of the Legislative Decree No. 58 of 24 February 1998, as amended (the "Financial Services Act") and article 35-bis, paragraph 4 of CONSOB Regulation No. 11971 of 14 May 1999, as amended. Holders or beneficial owners of the EUR Notes that are resident or located in Italy can tender their EUR Notes for purchase through authorized persons (such as investment firms, banks or financial intermediaries permitted to conduct such activities in Italy in accordance with the Financial Services Act, CONSOB Regulation No. 20307 of 15 February 2018, as amended, and Legislative Decree No. 385 of 1 September 1993, as amended) and in compliance with any other applicable laws and regulations and with any requirements imposed by CONSOB or any other Italian authority. Each intermediary must comply with applicable laws and regulations concerning information duties vis-à-vis its clients in connection with the EUR Notes or the Offer to Purchase.

Belgium. Neither this announcement, the Offer to Purchase nor any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers have been, or will be, submitted or notified to, or approved or recognized by, the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority ("Autorité des services et marchés financiers"/"Autoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten"). The Tender Offers are not being made in Belgium by way of a public offering within the meaning of Articles 3, §1, 1° and 6, §1 of the Belgian Law of 1 April 2007 on public takeover bids ("loi relative aux offres publiques d'acquisition"/ "wet op de openbare overnamebiedingen"), as amended or replaced from time to time. Accordingly, the EUR Tender Offers may not be, and are not being, advertised and the EUR Tender Offers will not be extended and this announcement, the Offer to Purchase and any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers (including any memorandum, information circular, brochure or any similar documents) may not, have not, and will not, be distributed or made available, directly or indirectly, to any person in Belgium other than to "qualified investors" ("investisseur qualifié"/"gekwalificeerde belegger") within the meaning of Article 2(e) of the Prospectus Regulation acting on their own account. Insofar as Belgium is concerned, the EUR Tender Offers are made only to qualified investors, as this term is defined above. Accordingly, the information contained in this announcement, the Offer to Purchase or in any other documents or materials relating to the EUR Tender Offers may not be used for any other purpose or disclosed or distributed to any other person in Belgium.

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