Big Beer Merger Brewing

Anheuser-Busch InBev seeks to acquire SABMiller in a $122B deal that would bring together the world's two biggest brewers.
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Okay. Hey it's Monday September 15 the New York financial markets are open for business and today's big number is 122. Billion dollars at that. -- how much money beer company Anheuser-Busch in bad is trying to raise reportedly -- might acquire rival beer and soft drink maker SABMiller in a deal that would bring together the -- World's two. Biggest brewers on every lot anti Hernandez in new York and here with the details of the potential deal might sent aliens finance the morning -- Good morning so what do we know about this deal. While there is this report now that in bad Anheuser-Busch InBev which is the global leader had -- at least the beginnings of the process of trying to raise financing and talk to SABMiller about a blockbuster merger this came after SABMiller. Had made an approach to the Heineken family to try to -- Heineken which was at least initially rebuffed so clearly that the big story here is that the global brewing giants are looking for ways to get together in the kind of recreate. Or I've sort of restart a round of global consolidation. That had sort of happened a few years ago enhanced. All right so that failed merger that failed attempt. You -- -- accelerated the momentum from Anheuser-Busch to put together the money. Most likely yes so essentially. In fact it might have gone in the other direction one of the reasons SABMiller might have made that approach to Heineken was almost as a defensive measure -- -- -- we're gonna buy. This big company. -- busy integrating it and that could forestall a possibility of SABMiller becoming a target of Anheuser-Busch and that so clearly it's kind of a chess game right now and and each player deciding whether they are. You know target or acquirer. And that's probably not going to be over for a little while now as these companies. Attempted to figure out how to grow in the future now this this game has been. Under way for more than a decade where these big companies they all started out with you know sort of roots in one nation or region and they branched out globally try to raise their margins -- and put other brands through the distribution. Platforms and this is probably something the people think is the only real way to get profit margins moving again it's kind of adjusting the beer market it always was kind of local and national and now it's clearly global. That we think of these a lot of these -- especially you know Budweiser as distinctly American that's just not sure anymore. Not at all as a matter of fact there's another mover here in all this drama which is Molson course which is the other big North America. Based Brodeur now that stock is moving probably because -- The idea being almost anybody could be acquired theoretically here but also. Molson Coors. Is a joint venture for the US. Brands or rather -- Miller -- advantage of for the US brands that is sort of jointly owned right now by SABMiller. And Molson cores and in theory if SABMiller gets acquired. They would most likely have to give that joint venture over to most -- so it's really obviously very complicated but the basic. Message here. Is that -- these global players want to further consolidate. The beer business aren't so when are we expecting confirmation about it that's efforts -- Finance this 122 billion dollar deal. Yeah it's actually pretty static you right now because it after the Wall Street Journal was reporting that they were in the process of trying to assemble money. To create a bit and perhaps even in talks and SABMiller. There was a report from CNBC saying hold on a second they're not actually trying to raise money just right this moment and maybe you're not -- talks right now so we really don't know. Exactly what the next move is but. Everyone is clearly on alert and usually when you hear a lot of these kind of reports flying out it means that everybody is meeting with their investment bankers everybody's trying to. Figure out what their strategy is in May be put their options out there. On the table so we don't know exactly when it might happen but it seems like almost everybody bought. It I InBev Anheuser-Busch is probably kind of in play at least hypothetically. All right Mike -- -- -- for Yahoo! finance that so much for tonight's. Of course keep up the latest headlines right here on ABC news he's been watching And the big number I'm tired and it's an.

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