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08 APR 2015

08 APR 2015 Press release

Press release

Diageo to acquire control of United National Breweries

On 28 January 2013, Diageo announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa with the remaining 50% being held by Pestello Investments Inc., a company affiliated to Dr Vijay Mallya.

Diageo today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the company, thereby making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Diageo. Diageo will acquire this further interest from Pestello Investments Inc. for an initial payment of $22 million (approximately £14.8 million) and a potential earn-out payment of up to $14 million (approximately £9.4 million). The transaction is conditional on (among other things) consent from the South African competition authority and is expected to complete in this fiscal year.

Once completed, this transaction will give Diageo control of the leading traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa, including the ability to make investment decisions to support the continued growth of United National Breweries' brands in the sorghum beer category.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Media enquiries to:

Kristy King +44 (0) 208 978 6855
Kirsty.King@diageo.com

Golbal Press +44 (0) 208 978 2749
Global.press.office@diageo.com

Investor enquiries to:

James Crampton +44 (0) 208 978 4613
James.Crampton@diageo.com
investor.relations@diageo.com

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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