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The cheques keep coming for Reliance Retail: $750 million from ADIA now

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Like many companies that had invested in Jio Platforms recently, it is double whammy for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), too. ADIA had put in Rs 5,512.50 crore (around $750 million) in Jio Platforms, and it has come back again to invest the same amount in Reliance Retail, the eponymous retail arm of Reliance Industries.

ADIA’s investment will translate into a 1.20% equity stake in Reliance Retail on a fully  diluted basis.

Reliance Retail operates India's largest and fastest growing retail business serving close to 640 million footfalls across its 12,000 stores  nationwide. 

Reliance Retail, through its  New Commerce strategy, has started the digitalization of small and  unorganised merchants and is committed to expanding the network to over 20 million of these  merchants. This will enable the merchants to use technology tools and an efficient supply  chain infrastructure to deliver an increased value proposition to their own customers.

Investors confident on Reliance Retail

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, said, “The investment by ADIA  is a further endorsement of Reliance Retail’s performance and potential and the inclusive and  transformational New Commerce business model that it is rolling out.” 

Hamad Shahwan Aldhaheri, Executive Director of the Private Equities Department at  ADIA, said, “Reliance Retail has rapidly established itself as one of the leading retail  businesses in India and, by leveraging both its physical and digital supply chains, is strongly  positioned for further growth. This investment is consistent with our strategy of investing in  market leading businesses in Asia linked to the region’s consumption-driven growth and rapid  technological advancement.”

$5.14 billion in less than four weeks for Reliance Retail 

ADIA is the seventh investor to secure a stake in Reliance Retail.

With this investment, Reliance Retail has raised Rs 37,710 crore (around $5.14 billion) from leading global investors including two tranches from Silver Lake (1 and 2), KKR, General Atlantic, Mubadala, GIC, TPG and ADIA in less  than four weeks. It has sold about 8.5% stake so far. The market rumour is Reliance Retail will offload only around 10% to 15% stake in the company.

Reliance Retail's sister company Jio Platforms has raised around $20 billion from 13 big-ticket investors, including Facebook and Google.

It may be recalled that addressing shareholders at Reliance Industries 43rd annual general meeting recently, Mukesh Ambani had said "Reliance Retail has received strong interest from strategic and financial investors."

Ambani explained his plans to add newer categories like electronics, fashion, pharmaceutical and healthcare into its omni-channel venture, JioMart.

Jio Mart is positioned to take on Walmart-backed Flipkart and the other behemoth in the business Amazon.

Balakumar K

Over three decades as a journalist covering current affairs, politics, sports and now technology. Former Editor of News Today, writer of humour columns across publications and a hardcore cricket and cinema enthusiast. He writes about technology trends and suggest movies and shows to watch on OTT platforms.