AB InBev, SAB Miller merger causing market ripples

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Johannesburg, 16 October 2015 Moodys says the eminent deal between AB InBev and SABMiller could raise the debt balances of the new business. The ratings agency has suggested that any downgrade would be three notches or less.

JOHANNESBURG - Anheuser-Busch InBev may finally have won the competition over, but its merger with SABMiller is still facing headwinds.

Rating agency Moody&39;s and competition authorities will still have a say before AB InBev can pop a cork to celebrate.

Moody&39;s expects to downgrade both companies ratings.

Australian regulators, worried about the percentage of their beer market that will be controlled by the combined entity, are also raising concerns.

*View the attached video for more on the challenges facing the AB InBev SAB Miller merger.

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