November 9, 2012 / 10:02 AM / 5 years ago

Kingfisher shares jump on United Spirits, Diageo deal

A passenger walks past a near-empty Kingfisher airlines ticketing office at Mumbai's domestic airport March 27, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s debt-laden Kingfisher Airlines (KING.NS) extended gains after Reuters reported its chairman Vijay Mallya clinched a deal to sell a stake in United Spirits (UNSP.NS) to Diageo (DGE.L), on hopes the money raised could be used to revive the carrier.

Diageo is set to acquire a 53.4 percent stake in United Spirits for more than $2 billion, according to an internal memo related to the deal obtained by Reuters.

Kingfisher’s flight license has been suspended by aviation regulators. As of 3:27 p.m., Kingfisher shares were up 4.7 percent, while United Spirits shares were up 0.7 percent.

Reporting by Rafael Nam; Editing by Anand Basu

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