PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CBA” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BREW), a leading craft brewing company, announced that its shareholders voted at a special meeting of shareholders (the “Special Meeting”) held today to adopt the agreement, announced November 11, 2019, that will create an expanded partnership between CBA and Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC (“A-B”), with A-B agreeing to purchase the remaining CBA shares it does not already own in a merger transaction for $16.50 per share, in cash.
“On behalf of CBA’s Board of Directors and executive team, I would like to thank our shareholders for their overwhelming support of this proposed combination with A-B,” said David Lord, Chairman of Craft Brew Alliance. “In addition to delivering value for our shareholders, today’s outcome reflects the tremendous success that CBA and A-B have achieved in their decades-long partnership. By joining with A-B, we look forward to accelerating the potential of CBA’s distinctive portfolio, led by Kona Brewing Company as a truly distinctive lifestyle brand, while continuing to invest in our local communities.”
“Today’s decisively positive shareholder vote brings us even closer to cementing our expanded partnership with A-B,” added CBA Chief Executive Officer Andy Thomas. “For more than 25 years, our two companies have been working together to enrich the beer landscape with the highest-quality craft beer offerings, and we’re excited to build on that strong foundation and satisfy more consumers as one combined company.”
More than 98% of the shares voted by proxy and at the Special Meeting were in favor of the transaction, including a majority of the outstanding shares held by investors other than A-B or its affiliates. CBA will file the final vote results, as certified by the independent Inspector of Election, on a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
As previously disclosed, the transaction is expected to close in 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of requisite regulatory approvals.
About Craft Brew Alliance
CBA is a leading craft brewing company that brews, brands, and brings to market world-class American craft beers.
Our distinctive portfolio combines the power of Kona Brewing Company, a dynamic, fast-growing national craft beer brand, with strong regional breweries and innovative lifestyle brands: Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Omission Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery, Square Mile Cider Co., Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Wynwood Brewing Co. CBA nurtures the growth and development of its brands in today’s increasingly competitive beer market through our state-of-the-art brewing and distribution capability, integrated sales and marketing infrastructure, and strong focus on partnerships, local community and sustainability.
Formed in 2008, CBA is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and operates breweries and brewpubs across the U.S. CBA beers are available in all 50 U.S. states and 30 different countries around the world. For more information about CBA and our brands, please visit www.craftbrew.com.
For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, A-B owns and operates 23 breweries, 14 distributorships, and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and has more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. A-B is home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry.
From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, A-B is guided by its unwavering commitment to supporting the communities it calls home.
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