Vijay Mallya's United Spirits offers 11.5% fixed deposit interest rate

Vijay MallyaVijay Mallya-led United Spirits said it would accept deposits for a period of one-year at a rate of 11%.

UB Group firm United Spirits Ltd, in which Diageo has a significant stake, today launched a fixed deposit scheme offering interest rate of up to 11.5 per cent.

While the company did not specify the exact amount it plans to raise, the current regulations and its financial position allow it to garner a cumulative amount of Rs 2,233 crore through public deposits, United Spirits Ltd (USL) said in a public announcement.

The company said the aggregate of deposits already held by it stood at Rs 436 crore at the end of financial year ended March 31, 2013. This leaves a scope for garnering nearly Rs 1,800 crore.

Vijay Mallya-led USL said it would accept deposits for a period of one-year at a rate of 11 per cent and 11.5 per cent for a two years time-frame.

Diageo Plc, the world's largest spirits maker, completed its acquisition of a 25.02 per cent stake in USL in July, getting less than half of what it had originally planned.

Last year, Diageo had announced that it would pick up 53.4 per cent stake in USL in a multi-structured deal for a total of Rs 11,166.5 crore. Instead, it now has 25.02 per cent stake in USL for a total consideration of Rs 5,235.85 crore.

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