Kirin Brewery Co. aims to keep its 46.1% stake in the Australian brewer Lion Nathan, according to The Australian Financial Review, citing a company spokesman.

Speaking last week, Kirin confirmed it was in talks with San Miguel about a potential acquisition of the company's Australian dairy and fruit juice business.

The news led to press speculation that the company may acquire the shares in Lion Nathan it doesn't already own, according to the newspaper.

"We are satisfied with the investment," the Kirin spokesman was quoted saying.