New Delhi: After fighting for over four years, Groupe Danone and the Wadias have struck a deal that will see the French food giant exit their biscuit joint venture, Britannia Industries Ltd.
Groupe Danone will be selling off its indirect stake of 25.48% held in BIL to a Wadia Group company, Leila Lands, through an inter se share transfer (among the promoters), expected to take place on 14 April.
In a notification to stock exchanges, Leila Lands said it will acquire 100% in Britannia Brands Ltd (BBL), which holds an indirect stake of 25.48% in BIL, from Danone Asia Pte Ltd.
Subsequently, Leila Lands will hold 50.96% stake in BIL. The share transfer price would be finalised not exceeding 25% of the price determined as per the regulatory practice, it said.
Danone and Wadias hold equal stake in Britannia Industries through their joint ownership of Associated Biscuits International Holdings, UK, which is a 50% subsidiary of Britannia Brands Ltd.
The French firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Danone Asia Pte, has 100% stake in BBL. While the deal brings a clarity to the soured relationship between estranged promoters of Britannia, it however is not clear if they have settled their differences over the intellectual property rights of the ‘Tiger’ brand.