Constellation completes acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business Constellation Brands (STZ) announced that it has completed its acquisition of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business from Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) for approximately $4.75B. The transaction includes full ownership of Crown Imports LLC which provides Constellation with complete, independent control of all aspects of the U.S. commercial business; a state-of-the-art brewery in Nava, Mexico; exclusive perpetual brand license in the U.S. to import, market and sell Corona and the Modelo brands Crown currently sells and the freedom to develop brand extensions and innovations for the U.S. market. With the close of the acquisition, Constellation begins to operate as one company with two divisions: a beer division and a wine and spirits division. A brewery operations group has also been established to manage the expansion and integration of the Nava brewery. Constellation plans to invest $500M-$600M during the next three years to expand the facility to double its current capacity to meet projected demand for products in the U.S.
Constellation says has agreement in principle with DoJ, Mexican Antitrust unit Constellation Brands says it has reached two key milestones for regulatory approvals for the Modelo transaction including an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice and approval by the Mexican Antitrust Commission. At this time, the closing of the transaction is expected to occur around the end of Constellation’s Q1 or shortly thereafter. The purchase price for the combined transaction is $4.75B. This includes $1.85B for the remaining interest in Crown, and $2.9B for the brewery and perpetual brand rights which is based on an initial assumed EBITDA of $310M representing the profit stream from Modelo’s sales of beer to Crown Imports for 2012. Comments made in slide presentation ahead of company's investor meeting.