SABMiller in $7 billion bond issue to finance Foster's

LONDON Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:13am EST

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LONDON (Reuters) - Global brewer SABMiller Plc (SAB.L) said it had issued and successfully priced a $7 billion bond on Wednesday with the proceeds used to repay part of the bank borrowing taken on for the purchase of Australian brewer Foster' s late last year.

The London-based brewer of Miller Lite, Peroni and Grolsch beer finalized the cash takeover of Foster' s for A$11.5 billion ($11.9 billion), including debt, in December 2011 to give it around a half share of the Australian beer market.

"We were very pleased by the high level of demand from bond investors in response to this offering, and the pricing achieved, which we believe is a reflection of the strengths of the SABMiller Group and our attractive profile of brands and businesses," said SABMiller's Chief Financial Officer Jamie Wilson in a statement.

SABMiller shares were off 0.3 percent at 2,333 pence by 0810 GMT in early London trading. ($1 = 0.9681 Australian dollars)

(Reporting by David Jones)

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