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S&N Say Nope

Oct 26, 2007 - Scottish & Newcastle, Britain's largest brewer, rejected a $13.8 billion takeover bid from Carlsberg and Heineken NV as too low.

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``This unsolicited and derisory proposal is an effort to get S&N's unique portfolio of businesses on the cheap,'' Chairman Brian Stewart said in today's statement. ``We will continue to take all actions to maximize shareholder value.''

Heineken would have a 46 percent stake in the bid and Carlsberg 54 percent, according to their subsequent joint statement. .

``We are disappointed that S&N are not engaging in discussions,'' said Carlsberg spokesman Jens Peter Skaarup. ``We see the price as compelling. We'll have to wait and see whether S&N will read our proposal again, as well as shareholders,'' he added, when asked whether the bid may be raised.

Meanwhile, some industry analyist were predicting that A-B will toss in a bid, or perhaps partner with S&N for an alternative structure.


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