25 Jan 2019 19:23 IST

GSKCH India gets regulator nod for merger with HUL

Competition Commission of India approves amalgamation through an-all equity deal

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH India) has said its merger deal with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has been approved by the fair trade regulator The Competition Commission of India (CCI). The CCI has approved the scheme of amalgamation between the two companies, through an-all equity deal, valuing the total business of the latter at ₹31,700 crore.

“We would like to inform you that the CCI has, vide its letter dated January 23, 2019 (received on January 25, 2019), accorded its approval for the amalgamation of the Company with HUL,” GSKCH India said in a regulatory filing. “A copy of the order of the CCI is awaited,” it added.

Still, the scheme has to pass through various regulatory and other approvals including SEBI and NCLT.

“The scheme remains subject to the receipt of other necessary statutory and regulatory approvals under applicable laws, including by the NSE, SSE, SEBI, NCLT and the respective shareholders and creditors of HUL and the company,” GSKCH India said.

On December 3, Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant Unilever had announced the acquisition of health food portfolio, including popular brands Horlicks and Boost, from GlaxoSmithKline in India and over 20 other markets for £3.1 billion (about ₹27,750 crore).

Under the deal, Unilever’s Indian arm, HUL is acquiring GSK CH India via an all-equity merger, valuing the total business of the latter at ₹31,700 crore.

GSK CH India is the market leader in the health food drinks (HFD) category, with popular brands such as Horlicks and Boost.