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United Spirits shareholders reject UB group-related transactions

Diageo's Clynelish Distillery

The relationship between Diageo-controlled United Spirits and the UB group has taken a curious turn. A company meeting called last week to put to vote a number of related material party transactions, saw minority shareholders vote against all UB group-related transactions except for one. Link. In another development, shareholders rejected a postal ballot for a related party transaction, in which United Spirits was to enter into an arrangement with Diageo, to make and sell products under license and also market products made by Diageo. This resolution required three-fourths of non-promoter shareholders to vote in favour, but it got only 70.2% votes in favour. Continue Reading →

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UB Engineering: the queer case of a company with no board

UB Engineering does not have a board any more as the company announced that its two remaining directors have resigned too. On Thursday, the Vijay Mallya-group engineering company said that Alfred Tuinman, executive director (commercial), had resigned with effect from April 3, 2014. That leaves only one director on board, the managing director JK Sardana. “Under these exceptional circumstances, when there is no Board the Company is unable to convene a Board Meeting…”


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Other income boosts United Breweries’ net profit

United Breweries, a company that sells Kingfisher beer, did well on the sales front but operating margins dipped in the June 2009 quarter. The company’s sales during the quarter grew by 17.2% to Rs 556 crore. The company, which sold Rs 1,700 crore worth of the liquid in 2008-09, said that it sold 12% more beer during the quarter over the corresponding previous period, twice the industry average. Strong beer sales grew by 25%.

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