The South American brewer AmBev is looking to raise 600m reais (US$206m). The company has called a shareholder meeting for February 19th to seek approval for a plan to raise cash from Brazil's state-run development bank, according to a Wednesday filing with the securities regulator.

AmBev intends to use the money to invest in its production and distribution network.

AmBev hopes to agree a deal that will see the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) buy 123m reais in three-year notes. The rest of the money would come from other debt instruments with BNDES.