Foreign holding in Vijay Mallya's United Spirits dips to 3-year low
As per the latest shareholding pattern data of the company, FIIs held 45.81 per cent stake in Vijay Mallya-led UB group firm United Spirits Ltd (USL) as on December 31, 2012.
This is the lowest FII holding in the company since 34.99 per cent over three years ago on September 30, 2009.
Besides, the FIIs' ownership in the company has been on a declining trend for four consecutive quarters now – falling from a high of about 53 per cent at the end of 2011.
On the other hand, the domestic institutions have upped their stake considerably in the past one year from 2.51 per cent at the end of 2011. In the past quarter alone, domestic institutional investors raised their stake from 4.94 per cent to 6.21 per cent.
The non-institutional investors' stake also rose from 15.5 per cent at the end of 2011 to 20.21 per cent as on December 31, 2012.
The promoters currently hold 27.5 per cent in USL, down marginally from 28.01 per cent at the end of 2011. However, nearly 98 per cent of the promoter shares in the company are pledged with various lenders.
USL promoters have entered in a deal with UK-based Diageo Plc, under which the global liquor major would acquire up to 53.4 per cent stake in United Spirits, including 26 per cent
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