AB InBev rebasing dividend payout to accelerate deleveraging
AB InBev stated: "Consistent with [our] long-standing capital allocation priorities and in light of recent currency volatility, we are rebasing our dividend payout to accelerate deleveraging toward our optimal capital structure of around a 2x net debt to EBITDA ratio while continuing to prioritize investment in organic growth opportunities and creating greater financial flexibility. The AB InBev Board has approved an interim dividend of 0.80 EUR per share for the fiscal year 2018. In addition, the AB InBev Board intends to propose a final dividend of 1.00 EUR per share for the fiscal year 2018, to be paid in May 2019, subject to the annual shareholders' meeting approval, which would result in a total dividend payment for the fiscal year 2018 of 1.80 EUR per share. Following this rebase of 50%, we expect dividends to be a growing flow over time in line with the non-cyclical nature of our business. However, growth in the short term is expected to be modest given the importance of deleveraging."