Heineken strikes deal to buy Tiger beer maker

Heineken strikes deal with rival over Asia Pacific Breweries, owner of Tiger beer

Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Heineken NV says it has a deal that will allow it to take control of Asia Pacific Breweries, the owner of the Tiger beer brand.

Under the deal, the Dutch brewer will buy the stake in APB owned by Singapore-based conglomerate Fraser & Neave Ltd for $4.5 billion.

Heineken had been caught in a tussle with Thai Beverage Public Company Ltd., which had launched a counterbid for all of Fraser & Neave — not just its stake in APB — for $ 7.2 billion. F&N also makes non-alcoholic drinks and owns real estate around Asia.

But Thai Beverage agreed late Tuesday to support Heineken's offer for Fraser & Neave's APB stake. Heineken agreed not to buy the rest of Fraser & Neave.

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