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Thai Billionaire's Acquisitive Beermaker Sells Record Bond

Denise Wee
Thai Billionaire's Acquisitive Beermaker Sells Record Bond

Thai Beverage Pcl, controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, raised 77 billion baht ($2.36 billion) in the country’s biggest-ever corporate bond sale, according to people familiar with the matter. The company raised the money through a seven-part offering of securities and the borrowings will be used partly to refinance loans taken out by Thai Beverage for its purchase last year of a stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp., said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. Thai Beverage, a spirits giant that makes Chang beer and SangSom rum, is among the nation’s most acquisitive companies.