Asahi Group is considering making an offer for SABMiller Plc's Peroni and Grolsch brands in Europe, among other deals, as the largest Japanese beermaker seeks overseas growth amid a stagnating domestic market.
The European beer brands named in recent media reports are among the targets Asahi is considering capital tie-ups, Asahi said in a statement Tuesday, without naming the targets. The brewer of Asahi Super Dry plans to make an offer for Peroni and Grolsch in a transaction that may be valued at as much as 400 billion yen ($3.4 billion), Yomiuri Shimbun reported Saturday, without citing anyone.
“Asahi could afford a purchase price of around 400 billion yen, but it is still not cheap,” Nomura analyst Satoshi Fujiwara wrote in a report. Mergers and acquisitions fits with the Japanese beermaker’s strategy, and it could use Italy-based Peroni and Dutch brand Grolsch’s sales channels to boost sales of its Super Dry brand, he said.
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Nothing has been decided at this time, Asahi said in a statement.
The potential deal comes as beer drinking declined in Japan since 2001, with more people turning to alternatives such as whisky and wine even as the population shrinks.
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