Diageo-USL deal: Win-win for both?
For instance, Vijay Mallya fought a long battle for Shaw Wallace & Company (SWC) since 1985. He wrested control of the spirits division of SWC in 2005 for about Rs 1,300 crore. And then the world’s second largest liquor company went ahead to acquire Glasgow-based Whyte & Mackay in 2007 which had 10 per cent share of the world’s scotch whisky market.
The significant aspect of the Diageo-USL deal is the behaviour of the scrip this year. From a low of Rs 450 that it had touched in January this year the shares have risen by 216 per cent by November 9. While the shares have since come lower at Rs 1,359.70, the price of the deal has been set at Rs 1,440 a share, showing the faith the deal managers have in the upside of the Mallya company. USL has a phenomenal 46 per cent holding by FIIs but domestic institutions seem to have lost out as they had cut back their exposure to the company from over 7 per cent to less than 5 per cent while the prices soared.
But, would the deal mean Vijay Mallya losing the control
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