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The proposed stake sale between Vijay Mallya-owned United Spirits and UK-based Diageo may have hit regulatory hurdles. CNBC-TV18 learns from sources that the proposed USL- Diageo deal has hit antitrust hurdle again.
Diageo, the world's largest spirits company by value, is looking to buy up to 26% stake in USL.
An earlier attempt at stake buy had fallen through back in 2009, after the liquor makers failed to agree on valuation.
Diageo and USL restarted stake sale talks in February of this year. Sources say the proposed deal is expected to close in September.
The UK official of fair trade has raised concerns over the deal. The regulator is concerned about Diageo’s indirect holding in Whyte & Mackay (W&M).
Diageo and USL have a large market share in scotch and vodka segment and the regulator thinks the deal will lead to monopoly for the former.
When contacted, the UB group spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.
United Spirits stock price
On November 24, 2015, United Spirits closed at Rs 3371.20, down Rs 55.1, or 1.61 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 4080.00 and the 52-week low was Rs 2501.00.
The latest book value of the company is Rs 133.63 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company was 25.23.
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