17 September 2014 - Best Beer HQ
News: beer behemoth mega merger could be on the cards
The Wall Street Journal reports that a $122 billion deal could be on the cards to bring the world’s two largest beer brewers together as one giant company.
It has been reported that the world’s largest beer maker, Anheauser-Busch InBev, is preparing to acquire SABMiller, the world’s second largest beer brewer by revenue.
The potential merger of the two companies would mean that one single beer behemoth of a company would control almost one third of the world’s beer supply.
At the time of writing, Anheauser-Busch InBev’s portfolio of famous beer brands include Bud Light, Budweiser, Skol, Corona Extra, Stella Artois, Beck’s, and Modelo. Meanwhile, SABMiller’s best-selling beer brands include Castle, Carling, and Miller Lite.
Belgian-Brazilian multinational corporation Anheauser-Busch InBev currently controls more than 20% of the global beer market alone.
SABMiller is a publically-owned British multinational brewing company, which is susceptible to a buyout because it has no majority shareholder capable of blocking such a deal.
If the deal goes ahead, the resulting beer behemoth would have a portfolio that includes more than 350 brands of beer and a market cap in excess of $230 million.
However, as the Washington Post reports, any potential merger might still be thwarted by both American and Chinese antirust legislation. You can read more about that here.
Watch this space. It feels like pretty soon all your favourite beers will be owned by one giant corporation.