|Founded||February 8, 1895|
|Jan du Plessis (Chairman)
Alan Clark (CEO)
|Revenue||US$ 22.130 billion (2015)|
|US$ 4.384 billion (2015)|
|US$ 3.557 billion (2015)|
Number of employees
South African Breweries
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
SABMiller plc was a multinational brewing and beverage company headquartered in London, England. It was the world's second-largest brewer measured by revenues (after Anheuser-Busch InBev) and was also a major bottler of Coca-Cola. Its brands include Fosters, Miller, and Pilsner Urquell. It operated in 80 countries world-wide and in 2009 sold around 21 billion litres of beverages.
SABMiller's origins date back to the foundation of South African Breweries in 1895 to serve a growing market of miners and prospectors in and around Johannesburg. Two years later, it became the first industrial company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. From the early 1990s onwards, the company increasingly expanded internationally, making several acquisitions in both emerging and developed markets. In 1999, it formed a new UK-based holding company, SAB plc, and moved its primary listing to London. In May 2002, SAB plc acquired Miller Brewing, forming SABMiller plc.
SABMiller had a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. However in October 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced plans to acquire SABMiller for £69 billion ($104 billion). The acquisition, which would drop the name SABMiller, was approved by shareholders of both companies on 28 September 2016, and completed on 10 October 2016.
The origins of the company date back to the foundation of South African Breweries in 1895 in South Africa. For many decades, the operations of South African Breweries were mainly limited to southern Africa, where it had established a dominant position in the market during South African Apartheid, until 1990 when it began investing in Europe.
In 1999, after listing on the London Stock Exchange to raise capital for acquisitions, the group purchased the Miller Brewing Company in North America from the Altria Group in 2002, and changed its name to SABMiller.
The company became engaged in the hostile takeover of Fosters in August 2011, and in September 2011 the board of Foster's agreed to a takeover bid valuing the company at A$9.9bn (US$10.2bn; £6.5bn). The deal was completed by the end of 2011, but excluded the Foster's lager brand in the UK and Europe, where it is owned by Heineken.
In November 2011, SABMiller launched Impala Cervejas in Africa, the first commercially produced cassava beer, although Africans have been making cassava home brews for generations. The taste is described as "somewhat bitter, somewhat tangy, not sweet".
In July 2014, the company announced it was divesting its 39.6 percent stake in casino and hotel group Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited through institutional share placements and a partial buy-back from Tsogo Sun. SABMiller's stake at the time was valued at approximately ZAR11.7 billion (US$1.09 billion).
In September 2014, the company made an unsuccessful attempt to acquire a controlling stake in Dutch rival Heineken International, a move Bloomberg states was part of SABMiller's strategy to protect itself from a potential takeover bid from Anheuser-Busch InBev.
On 27 November 2014, it was announced that SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments had agreed to combine the bottling operations of their non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses in southern and east Africa. The new bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, will serve 12 high-growth countries accounting for approximately 40 percent of all Coca-Cola beverage volumes in Africa. SABMiller will hold 57 percent shareholding in the proposed venture.
In May 2015, SABMiller announced it would acquire British brewery company Meantime Brewing for an undisclosed fee. The Meantime brand along with Grolsch and Peroni was subsequently sold to Asahi Group Holdings of Japan in April 2016.
On 16 September 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev made another acquisition bid for SABMiller. This deal would unite the world's two biggest beermakers and control about half the industry's profit. The deal, however, has to go through several regulatory hurdles which would require certain operations to be spun off the group. A deal was announced on 13 October 2015. The transaction completed on 10 October 2016.
SABMiller has grown from its original South African base into a global company with operations in both developed markets and emerging economies such as Eastern Europe, China and India. It is one of the world's largest brewers, with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. Its worldwide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch along with leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow, and Tyskie.
Africa and Asia (ex. South Africa)
SABMiller's brewing operations in Africa span 31 countries. In China, the group's national brand, Snow, is produced in partnership with China Resources Enterprise Limited, and is the leading brand by volume in China. SABMiller is the second-largest brewer in India and has joint ventures in Vietnam and Australia.
SABMiller's entry into the European market began in 1995 with the acquisition of Dreher in Hungary. The group's European operations are mostly centred in the fast developing consumer markets in Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic and Russia), although there are operations in Italy, France, UK, Spain and Germany where it imports its international brands. On 19 November 2007, the board of Royal Grolsch NV accepted a €816 million offer for the company by SABMiller. The takeover was completed with the delisting of Grolsch's shares on 20 March 2008.
SABMiller first entered the Latin American market with the acquisition of Cerveceria Hondureña in Honduras, making the company the first international brewer to enter Central America. Since then, the group has expanded its Latin American operations into six countries, including Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.
Lager brands include:
Isenbeck (Argentina), Aguila, Club Colombia, Costeña, Poker, Pilsen (Colombia), Cristal, Pilsen Callao, Pilsen Trujillo, Cusqueña, Arequipeña (Peru), Pilsener, Club (Ecuador), Regia, Suprema, Golden Light (El Salvador), Port Royal, Salva Vida, Imperial (Honduras), Atlas (Panama), and Balboa (Panama).
On 9 October 2007, SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company announced a joint venture to be known as MillerCoors. US antitrust regulators approved the joint venture on 5 June 2008. The merger was completed on 30 June 2008 and MillerCoors began operation as a combined entity on 1 July 2008. The combined venture will be[clarification needed] headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Pete Coors has been named as chairman of the new company, and Molson Coors Chief Executive Leo Kiely will be[clarification needed] the new CEO of the joint venture. Tom Long, CEO of Miller, will be appointed president and chief commercial officer. They have recently opened permanent offices in Canada, in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
The proposed merger with Anheuser Busch InBev would give the newly combined company a near monopoly on beer production in the United States, whose Federal Trade Commission poses the largest obstacle to the merger moving forward. Numerous brands would have to be spun off to receive regulatory approval.
This is the group's most established market to date. Local subsidiary SAB Ltd's soft drink division is also the country's largest producer of products for The Coca-Cola Company.
Brands include: Castle Lager, Castle 1895, Grolsch, Castle Milk Stout, Hansa Marzen Gold, Hansa Pilsener, Carling Black Label, Carling Blue Label, Castle Lite, Redd’s, Peroni, Miller Genuine Draft, Brutal Fruit, Flying Fish, Liberado, and Carver's Weiss.
SABMiller beers include those classified by the company as "global beers", the flagships of SAB Miller:
SAB Miller also owns over 150 market-leading local brands. The company is one of the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottlers and has carbonated soft drinks bottling operations in 14 markets.
SABMiller runs a number of sustainable development initiatives across its companies and in the countries in which it operates. They use new lightweight bottles that use 30 percent less glass. The lightweight bottles are designed to not only reduce the amount of waste materials but also cut down on energy used in production and distribution reducing the company's carbon emissions. SABMiller submits to a number of third party annual reports that review the company's environmental record. The corporation provides links to such reports on their own website.
Like many multinationals, SABMiller has attracted close scrutiny for its adherence to the corporate social responsibilities it espouses. One major study, undertaken by BioMed Central and published in 2013, examined the global CSR of three of the biggest manufacturers of alcohol - Pernod Ricard, SABMiller and AB InBev - and concluded it amounted to 'the illusion of righteousness'.
In November 2010, the charity ActionAid published a report alleging that SABMiller has avoided paying a total of around £20 million of corporation tax in five African countries – Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia – and in India. SABMiller has denied these allegations.
In October 2015, the Financial Times described the actions of SABMiller and other multinationals operating in Africa as "looters". The issue is transfer pricing, the transfer of goods or services to another arm of the group in a different country. For its part, SABMiller has stated that its tax contribution in Africa is "substantial". It releases its tax contributions for four of the 17 African markets in which it operates.
|John Davidson||General Counsel & Group Company Secretary||SABMiller||Since 2006 |
|Mauricio Leyva||Chairman and Managing Director||SAB Ltd|||
|Karl Lippert||President||SABMiller Latin America|||
|Mark Bowman||Managing Director||SABMiller Africa|||
|Nick Fell||Marketing Director||SABMiller|||
|Ari Mervis||Managing Director||SABMiller Asia|||
|Tony Van Kralingen||Director||Human Resources and Supply Chain|||
Board of directors
The current members of the SABMiller Board are:
- Alan Clark, chief executive officer
- Jamie Wilson, ex-chief financial officer (resigned in 2015)
- John Manser, deputy chairman and senior independent director
- Mark Armour
- Geoffrey Bible
- Dinyar Devitre
- Lesley Knox
- John Manzoni
- Miles Morland
- Dambisa Moyo
- Carlos Alejandro Pérez
- Alejandro Santo Domingo
- Helen Weir
- Howard Willard
- Trevor Manuel (replaced Cyril Ramaphosa)
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