Vijay Mallya resigns from Mangalore Chemicals Board
MANGALORE: In a surprise move the UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya has resigned from the Board of Directors of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd (MCFL) with immediate effect.What prompted this move is still not known.
The company has intimated this development to the stock exchanges. Soon after the announcement MCFL stock prices rose sharply on the stock markets.
The prices moved from Rs. 80 range to around Rs. 92. The volume was as high as nine lakh shares in early morning trade.
MCFL is amidst a takeover battle between Deepak Petrochemicals and Fertilizers and Zuari Agro Chemicals and Fertilizers. Mr. Mallya had sided with Zuari to ward off the takeover bid of Deepak Fertilizers.Recently, Deepak’s bid to acquire 26 per cent addition stake had failed and Dr Mallya had retained control over the company.
Currently Deepak holds 32 per cent stake in the company, Zuari 16 per cent, UB Group 22 per cent and the rest by public shareholders.
Last week shareholders of United Spirits of which Dr Mallya is chairman, rejected nine of 12 proposals at an EGM, in a major set back for the liquor barron.