Diageo has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50 percent share of United National Breweries (UNB) interest in the company, thereby making it a wholly owned subsidiary, the company said in a statement.
"Diageo will acquire this further interest from Pestello Investments Inc for an initial payment of USD 22 million and a potential earn-out payment of up to USD 14 million," the statement added.
It further said that the transaction is 'conditional on consent from the South African competition authority', and it is expected to complete within the current fiscal.
Diageo, which is also a major producer of beer and wine and owner of popular brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Smirnoff had in January 2013 acquired 50 percent interest in UNB's traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa reportedly at USD 36 million.
In 1996 Mallya's UB Group had acquired 30 percent stake in UNB and later increased it to 100 percent. In 2000, UNB had acquired beer business from Traditional Beer Investments (TBI), a subsidiary of South African Breweries.
According to Diageo: "Once completed, this transaction will give Diageo control of the leading traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa, including the ability to make investment decisions to support the continued growth of United National Breweries’ brands in the sorghum beer category."

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