14 November 2013 15:00

Diageo now the Major Shareholder in USL

Diageo has today completed the acquisition of a further 14.98% stake in United Spirits Limited, the leading spirits company in India. The consideration was INR 1440 per share and the total consideration of INR 31,345,558,560 (£344,190,791) has been settled today.

On 27 May 2013 Diageo subscribed for a preferential allotment of new shares in USL amounting to 10% of the post-issue enlarged share capital at a total consideration of INR 20,927,196,000 (£249,255,052). Separately, Diageo acquired 58,668 additional USL shares in the Tender Offer for a total consideration of INR 85,778,082 (£983,789). Diageo therefore now holds 36,359,192 shares representing 25.02% of the enlarged USL share capital at an aggregate cost of INR 52,358,532,642 (approximately £594,429,632). This represents a 18x multiple of USL’s EBITDA for the year ended 31 March 2013 and the transaction is expected to be eps accretive in year 2 and economic profit positive in year 5 assuming a 12% WACC.

With completion of the Share Purchase Agreement, the Shareholders’ Agreement between Diageo, United Breweries (Holdings) Limited and KFinvest is now effective. Diageo’s 25.02% shareholding in USL, together with the voting and other governance arrangements agreed with the UBHL group, including Dr Mallya’s continued role as Chairman of USL, will give Diageo control and enable Diageo to fully reflect the results of USL in its consolidated accounts, which it expects to do from 1 January 2014. Prior to this, Diageo will equity account its shareholding in USL.

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo, said:

‘USL’s strong market-leading position combined with Diageo’s strength and capabilities opens an exciting and important new chapter for Diageo in the attractive Indian spirits market. Since we received approval for this transaction we have been getting ready for closing and integration. Having completed the share purchase, we will now begin the work to identify and capture the significant growth opportunities within this attractive market.’

‘Through this acquisition we have transformed Diageo’s position in India, a market which is one of the biggest growth opportunities in our industry. India will become one of Diageo’s largest markets and with its increasing number of middle class consumers looking for premium and prestige local spirits brands as income levels rise it will also become a major contributor to our growth ambitions.’

Dr Vijay Mallya, Chairman of the UB Group, said:

‘I am very pleased that we have completed our Share Purchase Agreement today. USL has entered into the next stage on its journey and I look forward to remaining part of that journey in my role as Chairman of USL.’


Key points:

• Diageo has acquired shares from UBHL, KFinvest (a subsidiary of UBHL), Palmer Investment Group Limited and UB Sports Management Overseas Limited (two subsidiaries of USL) and SWEW Benefit Company (a company established for the benefit of certain USL employees).

• Shares owned by the USL Benefit Trust which were part of the original transaction announced on 9 November 2012 and which represent 2.38% of the enlarged issued share capital of USL are not part of the sale and purchase announced today. If the release of all security interests over these shares is obtained they will be purchased separately at a later stage.

• Diageo has funded the acquisition through existing cash resources and debt.