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Lenders sell 8.44% of UB Group’s stake in MCFL

Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers (MCFL) said on Wednesday that about 8.44 per cent of the stake belonging to its promoter firm United Breweries Holdings has been sold by a lender.

UB group's lenders recently decided to begin the process of recovering their loans through sale of securities pledged with them amid huge accumulated losses and soaring debt levels of Kingfisher airline that is grounded since October 2012.

In a filing to the BSE, MCFL said the shareholding of the promoter firm United Breweries Holdings has come down to 16.07 per cent from earlier 24.51 per cent in the company 'on account of invocation of pledge created in favour of lender'.

MCFL, however, did not reveal the name of the lender which sold the United Breweries Holdings's 8.44 per cent stake comprising one crore shares in the company on 1 April.

Promoters — United Breweries Holdings, United Spirit and McDowell Holdings — together held a stake of 30.44 per cent in MCFL by the end of December 2012, nearly 70 per cent of their shares were pledged with various lenders.

On 8 April, McDowell Holdings Ltd had sold 1.01 per cent stake in the company for Rs 3.4 crore in the open market.

Last week, SBI group entity had sold over one crore shares (nearly 10 per cent stake) in MCFL, which was bought by rival Zuari Fertilisers.
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