JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 10 May 2016 – The
The Tribunal’s approval of the merger follows agreements reached between the merger parties and the South African Government, unions and the Competition Commission on a comprehensive set of commitments that will ensure the formation of Africa’s leading
The commitments include detailed conditions related to employment, access to retail cooler space for smaller competitors, localisation of production and inputs used in the production of
The merger parties undertook to ensure that the merged entity maintains its total permanent employment at current levels for a period of three years from the date of approval of the deal; that there will be no involuntary retrenchments of employees in the bargaining unit and that retrenchments of non-bargaining unit skilled staff be limited.
The merger parties have agreed to invest R800 million to support enterprise development for two groups of entrepreneurs. They will create a R400 million fund for enterprise development in the agriculture value chain, particularly to support and train historically disadvantaged developing farmers and small suppliers. They will also make a R400 million incremental investment to develop downstream distribution and retail aspects of
In committing itself to broad-based black economic empowerment aligned to the SA government’s imperative to equalise economic opportunity, the merger parties have also agreed to increase black ownership of CCBSA to 20% and will sell a 20% shareholding in Appletiser South Africa to black shareholders who will play an active role in the business.
The merger parties also agreed to a number of commitments which align closely with other national imperatives, including granting the freedom in certain circumstances for small retail outlets to provide space in
The headquarters of CCBA and CCBSA will be located in South Africa, ensuring the companies will remain tax-resident in the country and bring additional revenues to local and national governments. Headquartering CCBA in South Africa will further cement the country’s standing as the investment and business ‘gateway to Africa’; and the proposed merger of CCBA demonstrates a clear commitment by the merger parties to invest in South Africa for the long term.
Alan Clark, CEO, SABMiller noted: “The creation of
James Quincey, President and Chief Operating Officer of The
Gutsche Family Investments (GFI) chairman Phil Gutsche said: “I am delighted that, with the approval of the merger by the Competition Tribunal, we will be able to deliver the significant benefits promised by the creation of CCBA. Given the scope and reach of the new company, and its commitment to being headquartered in South Africa, the merger helps position the country as the undisputed economic gateway to Africa.”
Editors Background Notes
- In November 2014, The
Coca-ColaCompany, SABMiller plc and Gutsche Family Investments (GFI, majority shareholders in Coca-ColaSabco) announced they had agreed to combine the bottling operations of their non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses in Southern and East Africa.
- CCBA will serve 12 high growth countries, accounting for approximately 40% of all
Coca-Colabeverage volumes in Africa. In the first phase, the countries are South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Mayotte and Comoros. Botswana, Swaziland and Zambia will be contributed as part of the second phase of the transaction
- The bottling operations will have pro forma annual revenue of US$2.9-billion.
- The proposed transaction is subject to a number of regulatory approvals. This includes from the Competition Authorities in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya as well as The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).
- The parties have now concluded the submission of the above merger filings, and are committed to engaging with each individual authority where they require it. To date, the regulatory authorities in Namibia and Comesa have unconditionally approved the transaction. The authorities in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa have approved the transactions with some conditions.
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Notes to editors
SABMiller is in the beer and soft drinks business, bringing refreshment and sociability to millions of people all over the world who enjoy our drinks. The company does business in a way that improves livelihoods and helps build communities.
SABMiller is passionate about brewing and has a long tradition of craftsmanship, making superb beer from high quality natural ingredients. Our local beer experts brew more than 200 beers from which a range of special regional and global brands have been carefully selected and nurtured.
SABMiller is a FTSE-20 company, with shares trading on the London Stock Exchange, and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The group employs around 69,000 people in more than 80 countries, from Australia to Zambia, Colombia to the Czech Republic, and South Africa to the USA. Every minute of every day, more than 140,000 bottles of SABMiller beer are sold around the world.
In the year ended 31 March 2015, SABMiller sold 324 million hectolitres of lager, soft drinks and other alcoholic beverages, generating group net producer revenue of US$26,288 million and EBITA of US$6,367 million.
Coca-Cola Sabco is 80% owned by Gutsche Family Investments and its headquarters are in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
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