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Constellation Brands completes debt offering

By ANDREA DECKERT - 8/15/2012 4:08:25 PM

Constellation Brands Inc. has completed the sale of $650 million aggregate principal amount of 4.625 percent senior notes due March 2023. 

The Victor company expects to use the approximately $641 million in net proceeds from the sale of the notes—together with additional term loan and revolver borrowings under the senior credit facility and available cash—to finance a pending acquisition of the 50 percent interest in Crown Imports LLC not already owned by the company. Crown Imports has the exclusive right to import, market and sell Grupo Modelo’s Mexican beer portfolio in the United States.

The company cannot acquire the 50 percent interest in Crown Imports until the pending acquisition of Grupo Modelo SAB de C.V. by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV is closed. That deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of calendar 2013.  

Constellation Brands also has closed on an amendment to its 2012 credit agreement, which provides for a $575 million delayed draw term loan, which will be available to finance a portion of the purchase price of the acquisition.

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