Reliance Industries and Reliance Retail Ventures on Thursday announced that they have raised Rs 9,555 crore from Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. PIF will take a 2.04 per cent stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), the Indian conglomerate said.
“Reliance Industries Limited (“Reliance Industries”) and Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (“RRVL”) announced today that The Public Investment Fund (“PIF”) will invest Rs 9,555 crore (approximately $1.3 billion) for an equity stake of 2.04 per cent into RRVL, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries. This investment values RRVL at a pre-money equity value of Rs4.587 lakh crore (approximately $62.4 billion),” the company said.
With this latest investment, the firm has raised total Rs 47,265 crore in the last two months.
The investment also comes at a time when the country’s retail sector is preparing for the festival season and would help Reliance to launch an assault on rivals such as Walmart-owned e-commerce company Flipkart and Amazon.
This investment will further strengthen PIF’s presence in India’s dynamic economy and promising retail market segment. The investment in RRVL follows PIF’s earlier acquisition of a 2.32 per cent stake in Jio Platforms, the digital services subsidiary of Reliance Industries.
“The transaction is in line with PIF’s strategy as a leading global investor with a proven track record of investing in innovative and transformative companies globally and develop strong partnerships with leading groups in their respective markets,” it said.
“India’s retail sector is one of the largest in the world and accounts for over 10 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) which presents meaningful growth potential.”
Speaking about the investment Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, said, “we at Reliance have a long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. PIF is at the forefront of the economic transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
“I welcome PIF as a valued partner in Reliance Retail and look forward to their sustained support and guidance as we continue our ambitious journey to transform India’s retail sector for enriching the lives of 1.3 billion Indians and millions of small merchants,” he added.
Reliance Retail Limited, a subsidiary of RRVL, operates India’s largest, fast-growing retail business serving close to 640 million footfalls at its 12,000 stores across the country.
Reliance Retail’s vision is to galvanize the Indian retail sector through its new commerce strategy, serving millions of customers by empowering millions of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the Indian firms said.
Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of PI said, “We are pleased to be furthering our trusted partnership with Reliance Industries, the leading player in some of India’s most exciting sectors. This transaction demonstrates PIF’s commitment to investing and partnering for the long-term with innovative businesses around the world that lead and transform their sectors.”
“This investment further demonstrates PIF’s commitment to generating returns for the Saudi people and driving the economic diversification of Saudi Arabia,” he said.
RRVL had previously raised Rs 37,710 crore from leading global investors including Silver Lake, KKR, General Atlantic, Mubadala, GIC, TPG and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
The investments equip Reliance Retail with funds to compete in both offline and online formats. The company operates India’s most profitable retail business spanning supermarkets, consumer electronics chain stores, cash and carry wholesale business, fast-fashion outlets and online grocery store JioMart.
The new funding comes weeks after Reliance acquired the retail, wholesale, logistics and warehouse business of Future Group for an enterprise value of Rs 24,173 crore to consolidate its dominant market positioning in offline retail.
The deal, however, is being challenged by US e-commerce giant Amazon, which had taken a stake in Future’s unlisted entity.
Earlier Reliance raised an unprecedented Rs 1.52 lakh crore for Jio Platforms, the group’s telecom and digital services company, from investors such as Facebook, Intel and Google.
The oil-telecom-to-retail conglomerate intends to divest minority stakes in its digital and retail businesses, and hold initial public offerings for each within five years. Retailers are expecting to pick up in sales during the current festive season.
Reliance Retail in May this year launched JioMart, an e-commerce venture, to connect mom-and-pop stores, called Kirana, with consumers. In July, JioMart was serving 4,00,000 orders a day and is currently operational in 200 cities.