UPDATE 8-AB InBev, SABMiller brew up $100 bln deal

martes 13 de octubre de 2015 17:31 GYT

* Main offer of 44 pounds a share in cash

* AB InBev shares rise, boosting offer price

* SABMiller shares up 9 pct

* Africa is chief prize for AB InBev (Adds Breakingviews link)

By Philip Blenkinsop and Martinne Geller

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The world's top two brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, have agreed in principle to one of the biggest mergers in corporate history after a near month-long courtship resulted in SABMiller accepting an offer worth more than $100 billion.

The planned combination announced on Tuesday would marry AB InBev's Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona brands with SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell and brew almost a third of the world's beer, dwarfing other major producers like Heineken and Carlsberg.

If it goes through, the deal would rank as the fourth-biggest takeover in history and the largest deal for a UK company. It also breaks all records in the consumer sector and comes only days after news that Dell Inc and EMC agreed the biggest ever deal in the technology sector.

Mergers and acquisition deals done this year stand at a record high as low interest rates embolden companies searching for new areas of growth.   Continuación...