There is a bid to takeover Bud…Sea World Orlando: Will Busch be sold???
From Brian EmeryThere is a bid to takeover Bud…
Posted May 23, 2008 at 7:12 PM
Belgian brewer InBev is reportedly working on a $46 billion takeover bid for Anheuser-Busch, according to the Financial Times.
I doubt it will happen because of the tradition of Anheuser-Busch and the CEO being a Busch – August A. Busch IV …
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From Justin SpistoIt's not going to happen. Busch has no reason to sell it.
Posted May 24, 2008 at 6:20 AM
From Hans MeiserThere are 2 direct influences of Annheuser on the park and they are both negative:
Posted May 25, 2008 at 3:16 PM
- Beer advertising
So maybe things will get better without Annheuser.
From Anthony MurphyWar propaganda? Am I missing something? It would not be a good thing due to it being an American Company. They also seem to be doing a good job, especially with Sea World Orlando.
Posted May 25, 2008 at 7:14 PM
From Derek PotterThe CEO is a Busch, however....money talks pretty loudly. If nobody from the family is in line, than it's hard to tell what will happen. It would be a shame if the Busch parks were affected by such a merger. As for the beer, I prefer Blue Moon over Bud anyway.
Posted May 25, 2008 at 7:59 PM
From Justin SpistoThat would be horrible it would take the fun out of the parks.
Posted May 25, 2008 at 8:41 PM
From Bruce LaneThis could be good, bad, both, or indifferent. Purely for the sake of discussion, I will offer my own wild speculations on what might happen IF the merger goes through.
Posted May 25, 2008 at 11:59 PM
GOOD: InBev decides they don't like the way Sea World currently operates, and mandates changes.
This could have a very positive effect. The Las Vegas-style "circus" type shows could become a thing of the past, and education could receive a much greater emphasis. The dolphin "experience" at Discovery Cove, under such conditions, could actually become as high quality as the aviary.
It could also, on the other wing, make the 'circus' atmosphere even worse.
Now, with that said -- I think it very unlikely that either scenario would come to pass, even if the merger goes through. InBev, to the best of my knowledge, has no experience whatsoever in running any type of theme park, zoo, or oceanarium. Ergo, the logical move, if they don't decide to sell Sea World off, would be for them to simply leave well enough alone.
BAD: InBev decides they don't like the idea of having a bunch of theme parks under their wing, so they dump Sea World off to the highest bidder.
I have no idea who'd buy them, under such conditions. It takes a big budget to feed and care for as large an animal collection as Sea World has, so it'd have to be someone with VERY deep pockets. If it turns out to be a 'skinflint' buyer, the critters could be endangered due to budget cuts.
GOOD AND BAD TOGETHER: InBev decides to cut Sea World loose to function as an independent entity, just as they once were decades ago before HBJ bought them (and talk about a match made in aitch-ee-double-toothpicks!)
This could be good in that Sea World would have to compete in the field on their own merits (or lack thereof, depending on one's perception), without the support of a huge and well-known corporation to fall back on if things go poorly for them.
It could also be bad, along those same lines, if they suddenly discover that the same formula they've been feeding the public for so long no longer worked, and they refuse to change how they operate. Drop in attendance, lost funds, potential downward spiral.
INDIFFERENT: Things remain status quo. InBev makes no significant changes to the Sea World branch of operations. However, given what I've seen of corporate mentality, I consider that unlikely as well.
This is all, as mentioned above, wild speculation, based on the idea that a merger might actually take place. Those who have experience in the business world are far better qualified to speculate on that than I am.
Keep the peace(es).
From Justin SpistoI really don't want Sea World to be sold, becuase Busch does such a good job with it right now. I would be surprised if Busch sold the parks becuase they have no reason at all to do so.
Posted May 26, 2008 at 8:15 AM
From Donna Tolliver-WalkerRe: Hans's comment -- and what's wrong with beer advertising, anyway?
Posted May 26, 2008 at 9:14 AM
From Derek PotterCorporate mentality states this. When there is a merger, there is cost cutting. The company needs to raise cash to cover the costs of the merger. There's no telling what they would cut if the purchase of Busch goes through. I do know that the theme park division doesn't produce beer, so it's not a farfetched notion that they would either spin off or altogether sell the parks. I also know that the parks are highly successful and highly regarded entities, so there is also merit in keeping the operation intact as it is.
Posted May 26, 2008 at 6:38 PM
It's all about the money folks.
From Missy Renee"It's all about the money folks"
Posted May 27, 2008 at 3:24 AM
I couldn't have said it better myself, Derek. Ain't it the truth...
I just hope nothing happens that jeopardizes the integrity of BGE, because I enjoy having a high quality theme park so close to home...and I don't plan on moving anytime soon. But honestly,this speculation doesn't really give me any worries.
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