GSKCH India gets CCI nod for merger deal with HUL; scheme needs to pass through various regulatory, other approvals

New Delhi: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH India) said on Friday its merger deal with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has been approved by the fair trade regulator CCI.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the scheme of amalgamation between the two companies, through an-all equity deal, valuing the total business of the latter at Rs 31,700 crore.

"We would like to inform you that the CCI has, vide its letter dated 23 January, 2019 (received on 25 January, 2019), accorded its approval for the amalgamation of the Company with HUL," GSKCH India said in a regulatory filing.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters.

"A copy of the order of the CCI is awaited," it added.

Still, the scheme has to pass through various regulatory and other approvals including SEBI and NCLT.

"The scheme remains subject to the receipt of other necessary statutory and regulatory approvals under applicable laws, including by the NSE, SSE, SEBI, NCLT and the respective shareholders and creditors of HUL and the company," GSKCH India informed.

On 3 December, Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant Unilever had announced the acquisition of health food portfolio, including popular brands Horlicks and Boost, from GlaxoSmithKline in India and over 20 other markets for 3.1 billion pounds (about Rs 27,750 crore).

Under the deal, Unilever's Indian arm, HUL is acquiring GSK CH India via an all-equity merger, valuing the total business of the latter at Rs 31,700 crore.

GSK CH India is the market leader in the health food drinks (HFD) category, with popular brands such as Horlicks and Boost.

 

 

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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2019 18:55:21 IST

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