Anheuser-Busch InBev sells Australian operations after IPO failure

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Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed to sell its Australian operations to Japan's Asahi for $11 billion. It also is considering divestitures of its South Korea and Central America businesses.

Why it's a big deal: This is quick consequence of AB InBev canceling its Asia-Pacific IPO, whose $9 billion-plus in expected proceeds had been largely earmarked for debt reduction.

Anheuser-Busch InBev cancels Hong Kong IPO

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Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer brewer, canceled the $9 billion-plus Hong Kong IPO of its Asia-Pacific business, due to weak investor demand.

Why it matters: It was supposed to have been the year's largest global IPO, but instead became the year's largest global IPO flop. It's also a caution against breathless headlines about "oversubscribed" floats before they actually price. Now, it will be harder for InBev to reduce its $100 billion debt-load, and is likely to slow planned expansion in The Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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