DENVER & MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP; TSX: TPX) (“Molson Coors” or “the Company”) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has reached a final agreement with AB InBev and SABMiller, which will allow Molson Coors to acquire SABMiller’s 58 percent stake in MillerCoors (“MillerCoors”), as well as the Miller® brand portfolio outside of the U.S.
The proposed AB InBev-SABMiller merger is still subject to clearance from the Chinese regulatory authorities, as well as other non-regulatory conditions, which are required in order for the transaction to close.
Mark Hunter, president and chief executive officer of Molson Coors stated, “This represents a critical milestone on our journey to take full control of MillerCoors upon the closure of the AB InBev-SABMiller merger. The acquisition will allow us to simplify decision-making and reduce the complexities of dual ownership; it will allow us to become a more integrated and efficient brewer; and it will allow us to become a more effective competitor as a single owner, promoting consumer choice in an increasingly diverse and fast-growing brewing industry.”
Hunter continued, “We are still awaiting additional closing conditions for the AB InBev-SABMiller merger to be completed, but we are now well on our way to closing our transaction, which we expect will be completed before the end of the year.”
About Molson Coors
Molson Coors Brewing Company is a leading global brewer delivering extraordinary brands that delight the world's beer drinkers. It brews, markets and sells a portfolio of leading brands such as Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling, Staropramen and Blue Moon across The Americas, Europe and Asia. It operates in Canada through Molson Coors Canada; in the US through MillerCoors; across Europe through Molson Coors Europe; and outside these core markets through Molson Coors International. The Company is the only alcohol producer currently recognized for world class sustainability performance through the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. It was listed on the World Index for the past four years and named global Beverage Sector Leader in 2012 and 2013. Molson Coors is constantly looking for ways to improve its Beer Print. For more information on Molson Coors Brewing Company visit the company's website, http://molsoncoors.com or http://ourbeerprint.com
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