September 23, 2009

Sale of SeaWorld unconfirmed

An Anheuser-Busch InBev spokeswoman declined to comment on the possible sale of major theme parks in Florida.

We will not be able to comment, company spokeswoman Karen Couck said, speaking from the beverage giant's headquarters in Belgium.

AB InBev owns Busch Entertainment Corp., which runs SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica -- parks in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.

AB InBev executives have been seeking a buyer for the parks for month to raise funds to pay down debt incurred during the merger of U.S. beer company Anheuser-Busch Cos. and InBev.

Speculation of an impending sale were accompanied with rumors the company had planned a meeting with all of its employees for Wednesday.

The likely buyer for the parks was The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm that owns 50 percent of Universal Orlando, the newspaper said.