United Spirits stock up nearly 12% on Diageo open offer

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 17:23

Mumbai: Shares of United Spirits Ltd Tuesday zoomed nearly 12 percent after liquor major Diageo Plc made a Rs 11,448.91 crore offer to public shareholders of the company to acquire an additional 26 percent stake.

USL's stock ended the day 11.58 percent higher at Rs 2,853.15 on the BSE. During the day, the stock surged 15 percent to Rs 2,940.55 -- its 52-week high.

At the NSE, the scrip ended 11.62 percent up at Rs 2,854.35.

The company's market value rose by Rs 4,304 crore to Rs 41,464 crore.

The world's largest liquor maker Diageo Plc Tuesday made a Rs 11,448.91 crore offer to public shareholders of United Spirits Ltd to acquire an additional 26 percent stake, its second attempt to gain majority control in India's number one alcoholic beverages firm.

Diageo will pay Rs 3,030 per share of USL, which is more than double the price of Rs 1,440 per share it offered in the previous bid last year.

The offer for 3,77,85,214 USL shares, being made through Relay BV, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Diageo, is another attempt by the company to increase its stake beyond 50 percent in the flagship firm of Vijay Mallya-led UB Group.

If the offer is fully subscribed, Relay will hold 54.78 percent of USL's issued share capital and will have paid about Rs 18,023.14 crore for its total shareholding in USL, Diageo said in a statement.

PTI
First Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 17:23
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