Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Plan to Finance Beer Deal


It’s rare that a big nonfinancial company arranges its own debt – and $75 billion worth is a first. That, though, is what Anheuser-Busch InBev has done with the five-part loan package backing its deal to buy SABMiller for more than $100 billion, which was formally announced on Wednesday.

It’s another string to the ambitious brewer’s bow. Self-arranging such a loan deal, topping Verizon Communications’ deal to borrow about $60 billion two years ago, requires the experience and resources to corral multiple lenders. Even allowing for the existing relationships that the $196 billion Anheuser-Busch InBev has with the likes of Santander and Bank of America and the allure of big debt-raising, that must have been akin to herding cats…

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Plan to Finance Beer Deal

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