DEALTALK-Heineken's snub to SAB revives beer deal speculation

lunes 15 de septiembre de 2014 19:06 GYT

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* Approach to Heineken reignites talk of ABI/SAB deal

* Takeover of SABMiller seen costing nearly $122 bln

* Sources still see big brewing deal on the cards (Adds AB InBev and SABMiller declined to comment)

By Martinne Geller and Philip Blenkinsop

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - SABMiller's rejected bid for smaller brewer Heineken has revived talk about deals that could reshape the global beer industry in coming months.

Dutch company Heineken said at the weekend that it had been approached by SABMiller about a takeover, but that it had rebuffed the approach because its controlling shareholder intended to keep it independent.

The move by SABMiller, the world's No.2 brewer by market value, is seen by many analysts as either an attempt to fend off a long-rumoured takeover bid from market leader Anheuser-Busch InBev - by making itself too big to swallow - or to force its larger rival to show its hand.

"We believe SABMiller could now be considered to be 'in play' and view AB InBev as a potential acquirer," said Numis analyst Wyn Ellis.   Continuación...