On 9 November 2012, Diageo and Dr Mallya announced they had entered into a memorandum of understanding under which they would form a 50-50 joint venture, which would own United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa.
Further to this announcement, Diageo today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50 percent interest in the company which owns United National Breweries’ traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa.
The remaining 50 percent will be held by a company affiliated to Dr Mallya. Diageo will acquire its 50 percent interest for US$36 million (approximately £23 million), subject to customary adjustments.
The transaction is conditional on (among other things) consent from the South African competition authority and is expected to complete in the first half of this year.