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Abu Dhabi's Sovereign Fund ADIA to Invest Rs 5,512.5 Crore in Reliance Retail for 1.2% Stake

A worker pushes the trolleys outside the Reliance Market superstore in Ahmedabad, on March 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Amit Dave/File photo)

A worker pushes the trolleys outside the Reliance Market superstore in Ahmedabad, on March 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Amit Dave/File photo)

The investment values Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd at pre-money equity value of Rs 4.285 lakh crore.

Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd, run by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, on Monday raised Rs 5,512.50 crore from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), taking the total fundraise to Rs 37,710 crore in less than four weeks. "ADIA's investment will translate into a 1.20 per cent equity stake," the Indian firm said in a statement.

The investment values RRVL, the retail arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, at a pre-money equity value of Rs 4.285 lakh crore. "With this investment, RRVL has raised Rs 37,710 crore from leading global investors including Silver Lake, KKR, General Atlantic, Mubadala, GIC, TPG and ADIA in less than four weeks," the statement said.

The investments equip Reliance Retail with funds to compete in both offline and online formats. The investments come as the country's retail sector prepares for the upcoming festival season and would help Reliance to launch an assault on rivals such as Walmart-owned e-commerce company Flipkart and Amazon. Reliance Retail Ltd, a subsidiary of RRVL, operates India's largest, fastest-growing and most profitable retail business spanning supermarkets, consumer electronics chain stores, cash and carry wholesale business, fast-fashion outlets and online grocery store JioMart.

It operates about 12,000 stores in nearly 7,000 towns, with 640 million footfalls across core categories of grocery, consumer electronics and apparel. 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".

Reliance, he said, hopes to benefit from ADIA's strong track record of over four decades of value creation globally. 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," he said. The transaction is subject to regulatory and other customary approvals.

Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to Reliance Retail, and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as legal counsels. 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.

This also follows Reliance raising 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-to-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 Navratri and Diwali festivals. 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.

With these, Reliance Industries has sold an 8.48 per cent stake in the retail unit since September 9 for a total of Rs 37,710 crore. With this, Jio Platforms and Reliance Retail account for over Rs 9 lakh crore of Reliance Industries Ltd's valuation.

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