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San Miguel Recieves Offers for Distiller Ginebra

San Miguel Corp. President Ramon Ang
San Miguel Corp. President Ramon Ang. Photographer: Julian Abram Wainwright/Bloomberg

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- San Miguel Corp. President Ramon Ang said the Philippines’ largest company received offers for gin business Ginebra San Miguel Inc. The unit’s shares jumped in Manila trading, even as Ang said he’s not selling.

San Miguel “received several offers,” Ang said in a mobile-phone message today, after yesterday saying Ginebra was attracting buyers. “But we are not selling,” he said today, and didn’t reply when asked to elaborate.

Ginebra climbed 10 percent to close at 21.50 pesos, its biggest gain since Nov. 27. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index fell 0.1 percent.

Offers of about $6.6 billion were received by San Miguel for its brewery and gin units and will be considered should it need cash for an acquisition, Ang said in an interview in January. An expansion that started more than five years ago has transformed San Miguel from a food and drinks company into the nation’s largest with investments in oil, power and infrastructure.

San Miguel gained 0.7 percent to 71 pesos, after climbing 9.3 percent yesterday. Ginebra advanced 4.3 percent yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cecilia Yap in Manila at cyap19@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Frank Longid at flongid@bloomberg.net; Stephanie Wong at swong139@bloomberg.net Subramaniam Sharma

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