Coca-Cola exercises option to acquire AB InBev’s stake in CCBA
Company plans to refranchise Africa division as soon as practical
Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. announced its intention to acquire Leuven, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) following the closing of the AB InBev combination with SABMiller.
The company has chosen to exercise its right to acquire AB InBev’s stake in CCBA because it intends to implement its long-term strategic plan in these markets with other partners, it says. Although the company respects AB InBev’s capabilities, it has a number of existing partners who are highly qualified and interested in these bottling territories, it adds.
During the next few months, the company will negotiate the terms of the transaction with AB InBev according to the contractual parameters, which will later be followed by a regulatory approval process. The Coca-Cola Co. also will continue negotiations with potential partners and plans to refranchise CCBA as soon as practical following regulatory approval. The company’s intent is to account for the acquired stake as a discontinued operation for reporting purposes, it says.