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Plans by Anheuser-Busch InBev's Brazilian unit, AmBev, to merge its two classes of shares into a single stock have been delayed by around two months.

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The division announced the move late last year in a bid to cut administrative costs and boost its liquidity. Shareholders approved the plan in July this year and trading of the single stock shares should have commenced last week. 

However, in a filing on 29 August, AmBev said that trading of the shares would not commence until “on or about 14 November”. The delay, the brewer said, is due to the “process” of registering the new entity, Newbev, with the Brazilian Securities Commission. 

In a note, analysts at JP Morgan said "the potential tax benefits of the merger may also be delayed and/or dividend announcements". However, the analysts still recommended the stock to investors as beer consumption in Brazil is expected to "rebound" in 2014.


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