The Coca-Cola Company in Acquisition of the North American Bottling Operations of CCE
March 2, 2010
Cleary Gottlieb teams are playing two roles in the acquisition by The Coca-Cola Company of the North American bottling operations of Coca-Cola Enterprise. One Cleary Gottlieb team is representing The Coca-Cola Company on U.S. and European antitrust matters, while a separate Cleary Gottlieb team is representing Goldman, Sachs & Co., as financial advisor to The Coca-Cola Company. In connection with the transaction, CCE’s European bottling operations will be separated into a new corporation that will be held by the existing holders of CCE stock other than The Coca-Cola Company. In exchange for the North American bottling operations of CCE, The Coca-Cola Company will, among other things, surrender its ownership of CCE stock, valued at approximately $3.4 billion, and assume approximately $8.8 billion of CCE debt. The Coca-Cola Company has also agreed in principle to sell to CCE its bottling operations in Norway and Sweden for approximately $800 million.
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s leading owner and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage brands and the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of concentrates and syrups used to produce nonalcoholic beverages. CCE is the world’s largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of nonalcoholic beverages.
CCE is the leading distributor of Coca-Cola beverages and distributes products in 46 states, 10 Canadian provinces, the Caribbean, and six European nations.