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Check Out Line: Hostile Light?

June 27, 2008

budpic.jpgCheck out signs of possible acrimony in InBev’s takeover bid for Anheuser-Busch.

Could InBev be bringing a new flavor — Hostile Light — to the beer wars as it pushes forward with its $46.3 billion takeover bid for the maker of Budweiser?

On Thursday, InBev reiterated its preference for a friendly combination that would create the world’s biggest brewer but filed suit to establish that Anheuser’s shareholders could remove their entire board, possibly setting the state for a more contentious battle.

Anheuser, which rejected InBev’s bid on Thursday, said on Friday that it will challenge its would-be acquirer’s lawsuit over the board removal.

Still, some say the door is open to a friendly deal. Stay tuned.

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Anheuser-Busch sees year profit above Wall Street views

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(Photo: Anheuser-Busch)

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