Fitch Solutions: Anheuser-Busch InBev CDS Widen to Three-Year Highs
Five-year CDS on Anheuser-Busch InBev have widened out 25% over the past month to price at the widest levels observed in three years. After pricing consistently in line with 'A/A-' levels throughout the past year, credit protection for the beer maker is now pricing in 'BBB+/BBB' territory.
'The CDS market appears to be concerned over Anheuser-Busch InBev's continued efforts to acquire competitor SABMiller with its latest bid of over \\$100 billion, which is likely contributing to the spread widening' said Director Diana Allmendinger.
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