Vijay Mallya

Once the self-proclaimed “King of Good Times”, flamboyant Indian bmillionaire tycoon Vijay Mallya has seen his airline grounded and has seen part of his drinks empire, United Spirits, controlled by Diageo. Now he’s no longer the biggest player in his remaining drinks business.

As of Tuesday, the largest shareholder in United Breweries, the maker of Kingfisher beer, is Heineken. Read more

Shares in Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers (Mangalore Chemicals) hit a record high on Thursday, soaring 10 per cent to Rs68. That follows another 10 per cent rise in the previous session, as recent share purchases suggest the company may be on the verge of a takeover.

Is the empire of Vijay Mallya, the self-proclaimed King of Good Times, crumbling one company at a time? Read more

Full enough?

After an eight-month, three-step investment process, Diageo, the world’s largest distiller, has declared itself “the major shareholder” in United Spirits, the company that controls nearly 60 per cent of India’s drinks market.

But is that quite fair? “Major” shareholder? With a 25.02 per cent stake, Diageo still falls well short of majority shareholding and that creates questions around control. Read more

If Vijay Mallya pulls this off it will be a moment of magic and/or poor judgement.

Etihad Airways, the Gulf carrier, is on the cusp of buying a stake in the debt-encumbered Kingfisher Airlines – the airline that has been grounded since October. Read more

Shares in United Spirits rallied 34.7 per cent on Monday reaching a multi-year high of 1,832.95 rupees, in a wave of relief that a long-awaited deal seems finally to be going ahead.

After Mumbai’s markets closed on Friday, the world’s largest spirits company, Diageo, formally announced it will pay £1.2bn to take a 53.4 per cent stake in the Indian drinks group. Read more

It looks like Vijay Mallya may finally have been thrown a lifeline for his embattled Kingfisher Airlines. But will it be enough?

After four long years of discussions, rumours and speculation, Diageo, the world’s largest spirits company, agreed on Friday to buy a 53.4 per cent stake in his flagship United Spirits for more than $2bn. The attraction is obvious: Diageo gains great access to India’s 1.2bn consumers and the world’s biggest whisky market. But for Mallya, the stakes are even higher. Read more

Another quarter, another bad loss for India’s embattled Kingfisher Airlines. Billionaire Millionaire liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s carrier reported a net loss of $138.5m in the quarter ended in September, widening from the $86.1m loss during the same quarter last year. Revenues were just $36.8m, down 87 per cent from $284.5m, according to results on Thursday.

The company headlined its press release, “Kingfisher Airlines Limited Announces Quarterly Results in line with its expectations”, and called its current status “a holding pattern”. That’s one way to put it. Read more

In 2007, the NDTV Good Times channel was launched as a joint venture between Delhi broadcaster NDTV and United Breweries, owned by billionaire Vijay Mallya, the self-styled ‘king of the good times’.

Now a warrant is out for Mallya’s arrest and the good times are no longer rolling. But that hasn’t stopped NDTV and United’s Kingfisher beer launching their annual hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl, with Mallya’s son Sid in a starring role. Read more

In what seems like a near-monthly occurrence, India’s Kingfisher Airlines cancelled flights all of its flights from Monday to Thursday because of labour unrest.

The civil aviation ministry said Monday that billionaire Vijay Mallya’s carrier cannot fly without certified technicians and engineers looking after its planes. Those engineers and technicians are on strike, along with some pilots, because – as seems to happen to Kingfisher and state carrier Air India employees on a fairly regular basis – they have not been paid in seven monthsRead more

For the better part of a year, rumours have floated that billionaire Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya was on the verge of saving one of his troubled companies by selling a stake in another. But which one?

After lots of rumours of deals involving his companies United Spirits, United Breweries and Kingfisher Airlines, a change in credit rating may force his han. Read more

The annual general meetings of Indian companies are, by and large, fairly uncontroversial affairs (unless you are, say, Vedanta). It’s usually a softball affair that sometimes includes the singing of a song by certain shareholders inspired by the chairman’s greatness.

This week, billionaire liquor baron Vijay Mallya will face a series of AGMs for his United Spirits, United Breweries and Kingfisher Airlines, and odds are there won’t be any singing of songs. They promise to be rather more uncomfortable affairs. Read more

Struggling Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines waited until Saturday morning to release it’s latest quarter of disappointing results. The company suffered a $117.7m net loss, on $54.5m in revenues.

That was better than last quarter, which saw the company report its worst ever loss of $206.6m, but it’s hardly going help Kingfisher pay down its $1.5bn in debts, or the salaries of employees who haven’t been paid in months. Read more

The Indian producer of the world’s number-one selling whisky, Officer’s Choice, has a few things to mull over. One of which is how to raise funds to fuel its expansion plans.

Allied Blenders & Distillers will come to a decision on how to raise Rs5bn ($90m) within the next 6-8 months, said Deepak Roy, chief executive of the privately-held company that owns Officer’s Choice – which, according to a July report by the UK-based International Wine & Spirits Research, sold 17.1m cases last year, compared to 16.7m for second-placed Johnny Walker. Read more

The woes of Vijay Mallya’s many employees are well known. The pilots of his Kingfisher Airlines regularly go on strike over his inability to pay their salaries.

Now, it seems, pilots aren’t the only ones affected by the King of Good Times and his recent run of very bad times – the players on Mallya’s Indian Premiere League of cricket team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, are also missing a few (hundred million) rupees. Read more

Why would you sell a large stake in a  very profitable drinks company in one of the world’s biggest markets? If you are Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya, the answer is – to prop up a failing airline – an airline that was started in the first place as a spin-off from one of your beers.

The FT reports that Mallya, the Indian billionaire, is close to selling a 13 per cent stake in United Breweries to Heineken. The FT’s James Fontanella-Khan suggested that the sale of the stake could be used to inject cash into the airline – and Indian commentators were in absolutely no doubt that it was the driving motive. Read more