Coca-Cola European Partners is in advanced talks to acquire Australia’s Coca-Cola Amatil, Bloomberg News reports.
Details of the deal, which has not yet been finalised, could be announced within few days, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
Neither company could be reached for comment outside business hours.
A deal would be the largest acquisition of an Australian company this year. Coca-Cola Amatil has a current market capitalisation of $7.76 billion, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.
Shares in bottler Coca-Cola Amatil were halted on the ASX on Thursday pending an announcement on a “potential material transaction”.
Rothschild & Co is advising Coca-Cola European Partners and UBS Group AG is advising the Australian target, a person with knowledge of the deal told Reuters on Sunday.
Media representatives for Rothschild did not immediately return requests for comment. UBS declined to comment.
US-based Coca-Cola Co owns a 19.11 per cent stake in Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola, Refinitiv data shows.