Mubadala Investment Co., the Abu Dhabi-based sovereign fund, will invest 62.5 billion rupees ($855 million) in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s retail unit, as billionaire Mukesh Ambani continues to enlist marquee backers after securing nearly $23 billion for his consumer businesses this year.
Mubadala will buy a 1.4% stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., according to an exchange filing Thursday, valuing the business at 4.29 trillion rupees.
The transaction marks the latest investment in Reliance Retail, India’s largest retailer, following infusions by General Atlantic, KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners in September. It also reinforces investors’ belief in the ability of Asia’s richest man to tap growth in offline and online retail in India’s market of billion-plus consumers.
|Oct. 1||Mubadala Investment Co.||1.4%||$855 million|
|Sept. 30||Silver Lake co-investors||0.38%||$254 million|
|Sept. 30||General Atlantic||0.84%||$498 million|
|Sept. 23||KKR & Co.||1.28%||$754 million|
|Sept. 9||Silver Lake Partners||1.75%||$1 billion|
In his pivot toward technology and retail — away from the group’s staple oil-refining business — Ambani, 63, has raised more than $20 billion by selling stakes in Jio Platforms Ltd., his digital services unit. Investors including Facebook Inc. and Google bought a combined 33% in that venture this year.
Reliance has offered a $20 billion stake in its retail unit to Amazon.com Inc., a person familiar with the matter said in September. Some investors, including Carlyle Group Inc. and SoftBank Group Corp., have been put on a waitlist as demand is too strong to accommodate all, people familiar with the matter said separately.
Reliance Retail runs supermarkets, India’s largest consumer electronics chain, a cash-and-carry wholesaler, fast-fashion outlets and an online grocery store called JioMart. It reported 1.63 trillion rupees in revenue in the year through March 2020. The unit operates almost 12,000 stores in nearly 7,000 towns.
The spate of stake sales has pushed Reliance Industries’ shares up by 48% this year and boosted Ambani’s net worth by $26.9 billion, making him the world’s fifth-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
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