No fewer than five private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring brewing assets held by Anheuser-Busch InBev in Central and Eastern Europe, according to a fresh report.

Investor firms Warburg Pincus and Cinven are believed to have joined a pack of potential suitors that already included Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), TPG and CVC Capital Partners, according to Reuters report today (18 June), citing sources close to the situation.

Several analysts have told just-drinks that it "makes sense" for A-B InBev to sell assets in Eastern Europe.

A-B InBev has reiterated its commitment to disposals, in order to help pay off a US$7bn bridge loan taken out to fund InBev's $52bn buyout of Anheuser-Busch. However, the brewer has declined to comment on which assets are for sale.

A report by Belgian newspaper Le Soir said at the weekend that A-B InBev intended to sell 11 breweries across seven countries in Eastern Europe, including Staropramen in Czech Republic.

Sun InBev in Russia and Ukraine is not thought to be on the list for now, although just-drinks understands from an industry source that A-B InBev has received interest in its Russian unit.

One analyst told just-drinks yesterday (17 June) that the assets, which only account for around 3% of A-B InBev's global beer volumes, may fetch US$2bn.

Some analysts have estimated the price could be nearer $2.5bn.