Pub giant Greene King snapped up by Hong Kong firm CKA

Greene King

Pub giant and brewer Greene King has agreed to be bought by Hong Kong operator CKA, the latest deal in a wave of consolidation in the sector.

Suffolk-based Greene King owns roughly 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels in total across the UK.

The deal values Greene King at £2.7bn.

The move comes just months after Fuller’s, the brewer whose beers include London Pride, sold its entire drinks business to Japan’s biggest brewer Asahi.

And last month, pub group Stonegate Pub, which owns the Slug and Lettuce chain, announced it was buying rival Ei Group – once known as Enterprise Inns – for £1.3bn.

Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie said CKA shared “many of Greene King’s business philosophies”.

“They understand the strengths of our business and we welcome their commitment to working with the existing management team, evolving the strategy and investing in the business to ensure its continued long-term growth,” he added.

Greene King’s directors said the terms of the deal were “fair and reasonable” and that they would unanimously recommend it to shareholders who will get the final vote on the tie-up.

Shares in Greene King surged more than 50% after the deal was announced.