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Unilever's $5.4 bn open offer for HUL begins

PTI  New Delhi, June 21, 2013
First Published: 18:26 IST(21/6/2013) | Last Updated: 18:27 IST(21/6/2013)

Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant Unilever Plc's $5.4 billion open offer to increase stake in its Indian arm Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) to up to 75% commenced on Friday.


The company's offer for 22.52% stake in HUL will close on July 4. At present, Unilever Plc has 52.48% stake in HUL.

HUL scrips ended the day at Rs. 590.85 apiece, down 0.39% from their previous close on the BSE.

The open offer is being managed by HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Pvt Ltd, the company said. Unilever will pay Rs. 600 a share, valuing the open offer at $5.4 billion.

Once completed, the open offer would be the fifth largest India inbound M&A transaction on record till date.

HUL's portfolio includes leading brands such as Lux, Lifebuoy, Surf Excel, Rin, Wheel, Sunsilk, Pepsodent, Closeup, Axe, Brooke Bond, Bru, Knorr, Kissan, Kwality Wall's and Pureit.

The company, which employs over 16,000 employees, posted net sales of Rs. 26,317.15 crore for the 2012-13 fiscal.

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