Vijay Mallya takes Rs 1.7-cr pay package from US brewery

London/Washington, (PTI): Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya got a pay package of over Rs 1.7 crore last year from his US-based brewery firm that itself is struggling for funds.

The firm has been served “default” notices by lenders. More than half of Mallya’s total package for 2015 has been paid by California-based Mendocino Brewing Company (MBC) Inc to him for “promoting” the company’s beer brands.

Mallya serves as the chairman of the board of directors of the company, which has an exclusive licence to brew and distribute Kingfisher premium lager in various countries. Besides, it produces and sells a number of craft beer brands.

United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL), the holding firm of Mallya-led UB Group, is the “indirect majority shareholder” of MBC.

Total compensation

In its annual Form 10-K filing for the year 2015, submitted with the US markets’ regulator SEC, MBC has disclosed that Mallya was paid a total compensation of USD 256,900 (about Rs 1.71 crore), unchanged from the previous year. “Vijay Mallya, chairman of the board, is paid $120,000 per year by MBC for services rendered as chairman, and 89,600 British pound per year by UBIUK for promoting our products in the foreign territory outside the United Kingdom,” it said.

MBC’s foreign operations are conducted through wholly-owned subsidiary United Breweries International UK Ltd and a step-down unit Kingfisher Beer Europe Ltd.

The two largest shareholders of Mendocino are United Breweries America (UBA) and Inversiones, both of which are controlled by Rigby International Corp, which in turn, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBHL.

Charges denied

Meanwhile, Mallya’s UB Group “strenuously denied” the allegation by the Enforcement Directorate that he siphoned off nearly Rs 430 crore from the loan extended to Kingfisher Airlines by IDBI bank for acquiring property abroad.

Mallya & MBC

Mallya serves as chairman of the board of directors He was paid a total compensation of USD 256,900 (Rs 1.71 cr) The liquor baron controls over 68% shareholding held through UBHL in MBC MBC, in financial trouble, is exploring options including mergers and asset sales

RBS to terminate credit line to KF Beer

Vijay Mallya’s troubles do not seem to be limited to India, with the global banking major RBS planning to terminate next month a credit line and all other banking services  provided to his European beer venture, PTI reports from London.

This has forced Kingfisher Beer Europe Limited, owned by Mallya through a complex web of entities, to look for alternative avenues to replace the credit line.

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