The Department of Justice has cleared Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (“AB InBev’s”) acquisition of SABMiller. Approval of the $107 billion deal came with substantial divestitures, including SABMiller’s U.S. business. That business, which includes the Miller Lite and Miller High Life products, will be sold to Molson Coors for $12 billion. As part of the approval, AB InBev is also prohibited from conducting incentive programs that would discourage independent distributors from selling competitors’ import or craft beers. According to the Department of Justice, this will preserve the ability of small brewers, such as craft brewers, to compete against AB InBev.
AB InBev now has approval in many jurisdictions, including the United States, European Union, China and South Africa. Regulatory clearance in other jurisdictions remains pending. AB InBev expects to complete the transaction by October 10, 2016.