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United Spirits stocks at 52-week high on hopes of Diageo deal

Last Updated: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 11:01

Mumbai: Shares of United Spirits on Friday surged 6 percent to 52-week high following reports that Vijay-Mallya led UB Group has reached a deal with the world's largest spirit maker Diageo for stake sale in the company.

After opening strong, shares of USL further jumped 6 percent to Rs Rs 1,425 -- its highest level in a year on the BSE.

At NSE too, the scrip gained 6 percent to touch a 52-week high of Rs 1,425.

As per news reports, the deal will be announced today.

In September, United Spirits had confirmed that it was in talks with UK-based Diageo Plc for a stake sale.

"United Spirits and Diageo Plc confirm that the UK-based company is in discussion with it and United Breweries Holdings in respect of possible transactions to acquire an interest in the liquor firm," United Spirits had said in a filing to BSE.

USL is the world's second largest spirits maker after Diageo and markets various liquor brands including Signature, Bagpiper, Antiquity, Royal Challenge, Signature in the country.

Mallya-led United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL), the promoter of USL, holds 18.03 percent stake as on September 30.


First Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 10:47
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