Amsterdam, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Heineken N.V. (‘HEINEKEN’) today announced that Heineken International B.V. (‘HIBV’) has launched a mandatory unconditional cash offer (the ‘Offer’) for all the 12,127,715 issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of Asia Pacific Breweries Limited (‘APB’), representing approximately 4.7% of APB’s issued share capital, which are not already owned or controlled by HIBV as at the date of the Offer. The offer document dated 4 December 2012 (the ‘Offer Document’), which contains inter alia details of the Offer, has been despatched to the shareholders of APB.
The Offer will remain open for acceptance until 8 January 2013 at 5:30 p.m. (Singapore time), or such later date(s) as may be announced by or on behalf of HIBV. Following the completion of the Offer, HEINEKEN will seek to delist APB.
The Offer Document and the announcement made in respect of the despatch of the Offer Document are attached to this media release. An electronic copy of the Offer Document will be made available on the HEINEKEN website at www.heinekeninternational.com.
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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. HEINEKEN’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. HEINEKEN 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 Amstel, Anchor, Bintang, Birra Moretti, Cruzcampo, Desperados, Dos Equis, Foster’s, Heineken, Biere Larue, 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, 2011 revenue totaled EUR 18.5 billion and EBIT (beia) was EUR 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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