M&A Deal Summary

Constellation Brands Acquires Crown Imports

On June 7, 2013, Constellation Brands acquired beverage company Crown Imports from Anheuser-Busch InBev for 4.8B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Constellation Brands’ 8th transaction in the Beverages sector.
  • This is Constellation Brands’ largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Constellation Brands’ 4th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Constellation Brands’ 1st transaction in Illinois.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2013-06-07
Target Crown Imports
Sector Beverages
Buyer(s) Constellation Brands
Sellers(s) Anheuser-Busch InBev
Deal Type Divestiture
Deal Value 4.8B USD

Target

Crown Imports

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Crown Imports LLC, a division of Constellation Brands, imports, distributes and markets the Modelo portfolio and other fine beer brands across the entire U.S. The Modelo portfolio includes Corona Extra (the #1 imported beer in the US and #6 beer overall), Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria (select markets) beer brands.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Constellation Brands

Victor, New York, United States

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Category Company
Founded 1945
Sector Beverages
Employees10,000
Revenue 8.8B USD (2022)
DESCRIPTION

Constellation Brands is an international beverage alcohol company with many products recognized as leaders in their respective categories and geographic markets. The Company is the third-largest producer and marketer of beer for the U.S. market and the world’s leading premium wine company with a leading market position in the U.S. and Canada. Constellatino's wine portfolio is complemented by select premium spirits brands and other select beverage alcohol products. Constellatino is also the largest multi-category supplier (beer, wine and spirits) of beverage alcohol in the U.S. Contellation's customers include wholesale distributors, retailers, on-premise locations and government alcohol beverage control agencies. Constellation Brands was incorporated in 1945 and is based in Victor, New York.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 8 of 28
Sector (Beverages) 8 of 26
Type (Divestiture) 3 of 6
State (Illinois) 1 of 2
Country (United States) 4 of 21
Year (2013) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 8
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-07-17 Mark West Wine Brand

California, United States

Launched in 2002, Mark West is primarily a California pinot noir brand retailing in the U.S. for $10 to $12 a bottle. Production has grown to nearly 600,000 case a year. The brand includes a California pinot noir, a Russian River reserve pinot noir and a Santa Lucia reserve pinot noir as well as a chardonnay. Mark West is currently the top-selling pinot noir brand and volume sales are growing nearly 35 percent, according to research firm SymphonyIRI.

Buy $160M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2014-09-02 Casa Noble Tequila

United States

Casa Noble super premium tequila is a high-quality brand that has posted consistent, double-digit growth.

Buy -

Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Leuven, Belgium

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Category Company
Founded 1366
Sector Beverages
Employees164,000
Revenue 46.9B USD (2020)
DESCRIPTION

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a multinational brewing company. The Company primarily markets and distributes beer, but also produces and markets soft drinks. Anheuser-Busch InBev's brands include Beck's, Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Castle, Castle Lite, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Aguila, Antarctica, Brahma, Cass, Chernigivske, Cristal, Harbin, Jupiler, Klinskoye, Michelob Ultra, Modelo Especial, Quilmes, Victoria, Sedrin, Sibirskaya Korona, Skol, Stella Artois. Anheuser-Busch InBev was incorporated in 1366 and is based in Leuven, Belgium.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 4 of 7
Sector (Beverages) 3 of 4
Type (Divestiture) 4 of 7
State (Illinois) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 2 of 3
Year (2013) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 5
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-05-31 Henan Waysnow Beer

China

Henan Waysnow (Zhengzhou) Beer Co., Ltd. is a privately held company operates beer breweries and produces beer under brand name of Weixue and Henan Waysnow.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2014-01-20 Oriental Brewery

Seoul, South Korea

Oriental Brewery is a provider of breweries in South Korea with a dominant position in the Seoul Metropolitan Area and with a strong portfolio of brands including Cass, OB Blue and Cafri.

Buy $5.8B