GSK Consumer soars 20 pct on parent's open offer plan

MUMBAI Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:39am IST

A broker smiles as he trades on his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai December 31, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

A broker smiles as he trades on his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai December 31, 2009.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Shares in GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GLSM.NS), the Indian arm of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L), surged 20 percent to their maximum daily limit on Monday, following news that its UK-based parent group plans to raise its stake in the unit via an open offer.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L), along with its units, will buy up to 13.39 million shares, or an additional 31.84 percent in GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, at 3,900 rupees per share, said HSBC Securities, the manager to the offer, in a statement.

Valued at $2.3 billion, shares in GSK Consumer Healthcare were locked at 3,659.20 rupees, up 20 percent to their maximum daily trading limit, while the Sensex was up 0.42 percent by 9:36 a.m. (Reporting by Kaustubh Kulkarni and Manoj Dharra; Editing by Jijo Jacob)

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