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26 FEB 2019

26 FEB 2019 Press release

Press release

Possible partial tender offer for shares in Sichuan Shuijingfang Company Limited

Diageo, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Grand Metropolitan International Holdings Limited (“GMIHL”), has approached the Board of Directors of Sichuan Shuijingfang Company Limited (“SJF”) with a proposal for a partial tender offer to increase its aggregate equity stake in SJF (through its wholly-owned subsidiaries) from 60.00% to up to 70.0% at an offer price of RMB45.00 per share.

SJF has made an announcement in respect of such proposal on the website of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (http://www.sse.com.cn). An English translation of SJF’s announcement is set out below.

The announcement today, of the proposal outlined above, does not constitute the announcement of an offer and creates no obligation on Diageo and/or any Diageo subsidiary to make an offer. Accordingly, shareholders in SJF have been advised that such proposal is still under discussion and there can be no certainty that any offer will be made. Shareholders have been further advised to be aware of investment risks in SJF shares. Further developments will be communicated to shareholders in due course.

ENDS

Enquiries:

Investor Relations

Andy Ryan
+44 (0) 20 8978 6504
investor.relations@diageo.com

Media Relations

Jessica Rouleau
+44 (0) 7925 642561
press@diageo.com

About SJF

SJF is a China-based and Shanghai-listed company principally engaged in the manufacture and sales of alcoholic products. It mainly provides liquor series products under the brand of “Swellfun” and its wine products include Swellfun Diancang, Swellfun Jingtai, Swellfun Zhenniang No. 8, Swellfun Yuanmingqing, Swellfun Jingcui, Swellfun Hongyun, Swellfun Jindian, Swellfun Meilanjuzhu, Xiaoshuijing, Shuijingshangpin and Tianhaochen. SJF distributes its products within both domestic and overseas markets.

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, 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).

About GMIHL

GMIHL is a wholly owned investment holding company of Diageo.

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