November 27, 2018 / 10:19 PM / 10 months ago

GSK in exclusive discussions with Unilever about Indian Horlicks unit -FT

Nov 27 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc is in exclusive talks to sell its Indian Horlicks nutrition business to Unilever Plc, putting an end to an auction that is expected to fetch more than $4 billion, Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

GlaxoSmithKline beat a rival bid from Swiss rival Nestle which was also bidding for the unit and looking to expand its portfolio in the powdered hot beverages category, the report added.

In September, sources had told Reuters that Nestle, Unilever and Coca-Cola were among bidders for GSK’s Indian Horlicks nutrition business and that Nestle was particularly well-suited to buy the business.

GSK and Unilever did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment outside regular business hours. (Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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