28 January 2013


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28 January 2013


Diageo reaches agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture in respect of United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa


On 9 November 2012, Diageo and Dr Mallya announced they had entered into a memorandum of understanding under which they would form a 50:50 joint venture, which would own United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa.


Further to this announcement, Diageo today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% interest in the company which owns United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa. The remaining 50% will be held by a company affiliated to Dr Mallya. Diageo will acquire its 50% interest for $36 million (approximately £23 million), subject to customary adjustments. The transaction is conditional on (among other things) consent from the South African competition authority and is expected to complete in the first half of this year.




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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorised.




    Diageo plc
Date: 28 January 2013 By: /s/ J Nicholls
    Name: J Nicholls
    Title: Deputy Company Secretary