Vijay Mallya gets Rs 1.5 cr pay from US, UK firms

Kingfisher AirlinesKingfisher Airlines has been grounded since October, primarily due to mounting debt and losses. (AP)

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya has got a total remuneration of about Rs 1.5 crore from two overseas companies for the year 2012, as the amount remained unchanged from the previous year.

The total remuneration of USD 263,700 (about Rs 1.47 crore) for 2012 included USD 1,20,000 for services rendered as Chairman of a company called Mendocino Brewing Company, the US-listed firm has disclosed in a regulatory filing here.

Besides, Mallya was paid 89,600 British pounds (about USD 143,700) by Mendocino's wholly-owned subsidiary, United Breweries International (UK) Ltd for promoting its "products in the foreign territory outside the United Kingdom".

Mendocino, in which India-listed United Breweries Holdings Ltd has 68.1 per cent stake and another group firm United Breweries of America has 24.5 per cent stake, has got exclusive licence to brew and distribute Kingfisher Premium Lager beer in certain foreign markets.

The company operates in the US, Canada and various European markets and has Mallya as its Chairman. Its main shareholder UB Holdings Ltd (UBHL) is the holding company of all the listed entities of Mallya-led UB group in India.

As non-executive Chairman of UBHL, Mallya was paid total sitting fees of Rs 1.4 lakh in the fiscal 2011-12, the latest year for which the information has been disclosed as yet.

The UB group is facing difficulties at its aviation venture Kingfisher Airlines for quite some time and it has been grounded since October 2012, primarily due to mounting debt and losses, as also non-payment of staff salaries.

The lenders of Kingfisher have been asking the promoters to infuse their own funds into the business, but no headway has been made despite numerous rounds of negotiations and the banks have now begun the process of recovering their loans.

Incidentally, Mendocino also disclosed in its filing with the US regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has been given a "letter of financial support" from UBHL, wherein it has been promised funding on an "as needed basis" to Kingfisher Beer Europe Limited (KBEL).

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