Jio Platforms has signed up Public Investment Fund (PIF) as its tenth foreign investor in just over 8 weeks. The Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund will pick up 2.32% stake in the Reliance Industries subsidiary for Rs11,367 crore ($1.5 billion), a release issued by the Mukesh Ambani company said today.
The latest investment, like most of the previous ones, gives Jio Platforms an equity valuation of Rs4.91 trillion and an enterprise value of Rs5.16 trillion.
This takes the total investment by foreign investors in Jio Platforms to Rs1.15 trillion rupees for a 24.71% combined stake in the company.
Besides PIF, the list of 10 investors in Jio now includes Facebook; six private equity companies namely General Atlantic, TPG, KKR, Silver Lake, L Catterton, Vista Equity Partners and two sovereign funds of Abu Dhabi — Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Mubadala Investment Company.
Silver Lake invested in Jio in two installments. All the transactions are subject to regulatory approvals, with the one with Facebook likely to undergo a tighter scrutiny given concerns over net neutrality. The deal with Facebook is currently under scrutiny at the Competition Commission of India, the antitrust watchdog.
Reliance Jio Infocomm, which provides connectivity platform to over 388 million subscribers, will continue to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jio Platforms.
The stake sales are part of RIL’s plan to be debt-free by March. Most likely, the target is likely to be achieved by December, the parent company having mopped up Rs53,124 crore from a rights issue that closed on 4 June.
This article was first published on livemint.com.