Kulczyk Investment in Poland is looking for partners for a possible bid for the assets SABMiller in Central and Eastern Europe, writes the Financial Times.
Kulczyk holds a 3% of SAB before the AB InBev offer and after the takeover by AB InBev has received 2.1 billion pounds.
The Polish group wants to start an investment fund to target small business entrepreneurship in the technology industry in Central Europe, according to CEO Sebastian Kulczyk. It also wants to acquire stakes in media companies in the energy, chemicals, infrastructure and consumer goods.
Kulczyk said he also wants to make a bid for the brands of beer of SABMiller in Central and Eastern Europe, including Pilsner Urquell, the CMEA AB InBev must sell for reasons of competition as part of the transaction of 79 billion pounds.
‘Certainly we are interested. The process has not started yet. We know the assets, know management and market specifics. Hunting is natural for us,’ said Sebastian Kulczyk.
The Polish young man of 36 years took over the investment of $ 4 billion last year after the death of his father, who founded the company.
‘The assets are huge. If we make an offer only from our side, we do not have space for diversification (the capital),’ he said related to a potential offer for SABMiller assets. ‘So we have to build a consortium of partners if we make an offer.’
The Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings also announced that it plans to make a bid of 4.35 billion euros (500 billion yen) for the assets SABMiller in five Eastern European countries, according to the publication Nikkei Business Daily, quoted by Reuters.
SABMiller breweries in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania will be on sale after AB InBev will acquire the company next week.
The Japanese beer manufacturer has already agreed to buy established brands of SABMiller’s Peroni in Italy as well, for 2.55 billion euros.