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Shareholders Notice - Dividends and interest on own capital


We hereby announce to the shareholders of Companhia de Bebidas das Américas - AmBev (“Company”) that, as indicated in the Minutes of the Board of Directors’ Meeting held on July 11, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., the members of the Company’s Board of Directors approved the payment of (i) dividends, to be deducted from the investments reserve and attributed to minimum mandatory dividends for 2008, at R$ 1.16 per common share and R$ 1.276 per preferred share, not subject to withholding income tax, pursuant to applicable law; and (ii) interest on own capital (“IOC”), related to the period from April through June 2008, to be deducted from the investments reserve and attributed to minimum mandatory dividends for 2008, at R$ 0.38 per common share and R$ 0.418 per preferred share. The payment of IOC shall be taxed pursuant to applicable law, which shall result in a net payment of IOC of R$ 0.323 per common share and R$ 0.3553 per preferred share, except for legal entities exempt from withholding tax pursuant to Article 5 of Law 11,053/04, as amended by Law 11,196/05, which have confirmed such qualification by means of specific notice sent to the Company in view of the last payment of earnings on April 28, 2008. Shareholders who did not confirm such qualification, or who confirmed such qualification solely for the payment made on April 28, 2008, shall provide specific notice to such effect, to be sent to Companhia de Bebidas das Américas − AmBev, Área de Ações, c/o Nilson Casemiro − Rua Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, n° 1.017, 4° andar, CEP 04530-001, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, by no later than July 21, 2008. In case such qualification is not received by then, income tax shall be withheld.

The aforementioned payments shall be made as from July 31, 2008, subject to the approval of the next Annual General Meeting. The record date shall be July 16, 2008 for Bovespa shareholders and July 21, 2008 for ADR holders, without any monetary adjustment. Shares and ADRs shall be traded ex-dividends as from July 17, 2008. The net amount to be distributed as dividends and JCP shall be of R$ 1.483 per common share and R$ 1.6313 per preferred share.

The shareholders which subscribed and paid-up shares issued in connection with the capital increase approved by the Extraordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting of the Company held on April 28, 2008, and that do not withdraw such subscription during the 30-day period approved by the Board Meeting held on June 18, 2008, which shall expire on July 21, 2008, will also be entitled to receive the above mentioned dividends and IOC regarding the shares effectively subscribed.


Shareholders who have already indicated a bank account shall have their credits available at the informed account. Shareholders who have not provided such indication shall receive from Banco Itaú S.A., as Depositary, at their stated address, a notice containing information with respect to the payment. Such notice shall be presented at one of Banco Itaú’s branches along with the appropriate deposit instructions. Shareholders who hold their shares under a fiduciary custody arrangement shall have their proceeds available according to procedures adopted by the appropriate stock exchange.

São Paulo, July 11, 2008.

Companhia de Bebidas das Américas − AmBev
Graham David Staley
Investor Relations Officer

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