Diageo Plc, the world's largest spirits maker, is exploring options to delist its Indian arm, United Spirits Ltd, by buying out minority shareholders, CNBC TV-18 reported on Monday
Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker whiskey and Tanqueray Gin, currently owns about 56 per cent stake in United Spirits after slowly building it up over several years
The company has started talks with investment bankers and consultants on a delisting offer, the CNBC TV-18 report said, citing sources familiar with the matter
"The management believes that the current market conditions and the pricing of USL is conducive to a delisting and that's why they are exploring this option," the CNBC report said, citing a senior executive at the company who did not want to be named. Diageo India did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment
The company's move comes nearly a week after miner Vedanta Resources Ltd said it was delisting its Indian unit Vedanta Ltd, as it seeks to accelerate the simplification of its corporate structure amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Shares of United Spirits were trading flat on National Stock Exchange
UK-based Diageo's shares were up 1.8 per cent at 2,792 pence on the London Stock Exchange.
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