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Lenders sell Mallya's entire stake in Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers

The shares were sold in the stock markets and the proceeds will be used to retire part of bank dues

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Vijay Mallya | Banks

Dev Chatterjee  |  Mumbai 

Vijay Mallya
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Indian lenders sold the entire 12 per cent stake held by in Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers as part of their efforts to recover their dues from the head of UB Group. The shares were sold in the stock markets and the proceeds will be used to retire part of bank dues.

The current promoter of MCF, the Adventz Group, is steadily increasing its stake in the company. MCF stocks closed 10% up at Rs 68 apiece on Thursday.

The complete exit of Mallya from MCF brings an end to a decades long relationship between the UB Group and MCF. The company came into UB Group in the 90s and after a stint in the BIFR, the UB Group revived the company by late nineties. For the December quarter, the company reported revenue of Rs 327 crore and a net profit of Rs 80 lakh.

Lenders said while the proceeds of MCF stake sale is negligible as compared to the high dues of Rs 9,200 crore notched up by Mallya, they are looking at all UB Group assets to recover their dues.

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The new owner of MCF is also facing financial issues. The Adventz Group, led by Saroj Kumar Poddar, took over Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd in 2012 after winning a takeover battle with rival Deepak Fertilisers.

A year later, another group company, Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd acquired its rival Kalindee Rail Nirmaan (Engineers) Ltd. Poddar’s flagship Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd was the toast of the town with every banker making a beeline to Poddar’s office with M&A offers.

But the party soon ended with the group delaying its loan payments since last financial year and bankers worrying over the future of the group considering that its flagship company announced closure of its NPK-A plant in July citing non-availability of its workers due to Covid-19. Mangalore Chemicals had also announced to the stock exchanges that its outstandings to are Rs 224 crore.

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First Published: Thu, February 11 2021. 16:28 IST
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