Three years ago, the Belgian brewing company that just acquired Anheuser-Busch, InBev, sold Rolling Rock to AB. Now they’ve got it back again… and want to sell it. Anyone looking for a beer brand?
It seems that $70 a share was enough for Anheuser-Busch — the brewer agreed to sell itself to Belgian beer giant InBev over the weekend. The new company will be called Anheuser-Busch InBev, and its board will have room for two former A-B executives, including A-B CEO, August A. Busch IV.
Anheuser-Busch says that is going to fight a takeover bid by Belgian brewer InBev by cutting staff and finding savings of over $1 billion, the St. Louis-based brewer announced today. They also plan to increase profits and repurchase stock.
Missouri governor Matt Blunt has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, “asking for a federal review of the proposed sale of Anheuser-Busch Cos. to Belgian brewer InBev,” says the AP. Blunt is concerned that allowing the maker of Becks and Stella Artois beers to buy the St. Louis-based brewery could create a “near monopoly” in the US beer market, and that it would damage the Missouri economy.