Diageo Jilts Absolut for Ketel One
Article By: MBB
Diageo has abandoned its interest in buying Sweden's Vin & Sprit, instead shifting gears by purchasing a 5O% interest in Ketel One for $9OO million. Diageo will have the right of first refusal over the sale of the remaining 5O% stake should the family decide to sell in the fourth or fifth year after it closes. If Diageo decides not to buy the remaining stake for $9OOm plus interest, it would have to pay a $1OOm penalty. "We didn't submit a bid for Absolut," the spokeswoman said. "We did register an interest late last year but after an internal review looking at what options there were, we felt that the deal [for Ketel One] was a better strategic fit for Diageo." An estimated 1.9 million cases of Ketel One are sold each year, mostly in North America.