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Godfrey Phillips dismisses Lalit Modi's stake sale claim; stock down close to 5%

The company issued a clarification to exchanges following tweets by Lalit Modi where he said that all assets of the KK-Modi owned Modi Enterprises were up for sale

January 28, 2020 / 08:00 PM IST

Godfrey Phillips on January 28 rejected claims that its promoter, Modi Enterprises, plans to sell stake in the cigarette-maker.

The company issued a clarification to exchanges following tweets by Lalit Modi where he said that all assets of the KK-Modi owned Modi Enterprises were up for sale.

"The company would like to clarify that it is neither engaged nor privy to any such discussions on rumoured potential transaction by its promoters," Godfrey Phillips said in the statement. It dismissed claims of the company having been "put on the block by its key promoter entities" that have surfaced following the tweets by late industrialist KK Modi's son Lalit Kumar Modi.

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Additionally, the statement noted, "The company has also received a clarification from its significant promoter that there has been no decision to put its assets on sale."

Godfrey Phillips India, the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes in India, currently has two major stakeholders – Phillip Morris (which owns 25.1 percent) and the KK Modi Group (47.09 percent).

In his tweet, Lalit Modi mentioned that the group, however, would retain its stake in Colorbar, Ego Italian, Beacon Travels and the education businesses.

Despite the clarification, the Godfrey Phillips India counter was quoting Rs 1,378, down Rs 60.75, or 4.22 percent, at 14:52 hours.

 



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first published: Jan 28, 2020 02:56 pm
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