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Tata Consumer Products in talks to acquire bottled water major Bisleri for Rs 7,000 crore

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Tata Consumer Products in talks to acquire bottled water major Bisleri for Rs 7,000 crore

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Bisleri chairperson Ramesh Chauhan on Thursday confirmed that the bottled water giant is in talks with Tata Consumer Products to sell part stake in the company. The talks are still in negotiation stage. Bisleri is in talks with other companies as well, apart from Tata Consumer, for the stake sale, however, Chauhan refused to reveal the names. 

Ramesh Chauhan, founder and chairman of Bisleri International Pvt Ltd, which owns India's largest selling bottled water brand Bisleri, today confirmed that the bottled water giant is in talks with Tata Consumer Products to sell part stake in the company. However, no agreement has been signed till now as  negotiations are still on. Chauhan asserted that the family is not looking to sell entire stake in the company, but the sale of a part of the stake, which could be majority or a significant minority is being discussed with Tata.

The shares of the Tata Consumer rose 3.1 percent on Thursday on the news. The stock was trading 2.4 percent higher at Rs 788.9 on BSE at 9:33 am.
Chauhan told CNBC-TV18 that the company is being valued at Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 crore for the deal and added that the culture of the company buying the stake is more important than the valuation. Bisleri is in talks with other companies as well, apart from Tata Consumer, for the stake sale, however, Chauhan refused to reveal the names. "We are in discussions with Tatas, other players are there in the fray, but cannot share."
On the news, Tata Consumer clarified in an exchange filing: "The company evaluates various strategic opportunities for growth and expansion of the business of the company, on an ongoing basis. Pursuant to this, the management of the company remains in discussions with various parties, including Bisleri International Private Limited."
Tata Consumer added that the company will make appropriate announcements when any such requirement arises.
Bisleri International had an annual revenue of Rs 2,500 crore the latest full financial year with a profit of  approximately Rs 220 crore, also sells spring water under the brand Vedica. The company also marks its presence in the soft beverages segment with Spyci, Limonata, Fonzo and Bisleri Soda.
The Tata Group's consumer business currently sells packaged mineral water under the brand name  Himalayan. It also operates in the water segment with other brands — Tata Copper Plus Water and Tata Gluco+.
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