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Ambev shareholders approve 5:1 stock split

Ambev shareholders approve 5:1 stock split

São Paulo, December 17, 2010 - Companhia de Bebidas das Américas - AmBev [BOVESPA: AMBV4, AMBV3; and NYSE: ABV, ABVc] announces that today its shareholders approved the stock split proposal pursuant to which each common and each preferred share issued by the Company were split into 5 (five) common shares and 5 (five) preferred shares, respectively, without any modification to the amount of the Company’s capital stock, which following the split is comprised of 3,104,361,040 shares (1,743,888,690 common shares and 1,360,472,350 preferred shares) with no par value. The shares resulting from the split are of the same type and grant its holders -- including holders of American Depositary Receipts issued by the Company (“ADRs”) -- the same rights they were already entitled to. The ratio between the underlying shares and the ADRs remains at 1:1, where (as a result of the corresponding ADR split) each ADR shall continue to be represented by one common or preferred share, as case may be. The record date for the shares traded on the BM&FBOVESPA will be today and such shares will be traded ex-split on December 20, 2010. The custodian bank for the shares, Banco Bradesco S/A, will credit the split shares on December 23, 2010. With respect to ADRs, the issuance and distribution of the split ADRs shall be made in accordance with the procedures of the ADR depositary agreement by the depositary bank, The Bank of New York Mellon.


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