Reliance Retail closes fundraising exercise after raising $6.3b for 10.9% stake

Mukesh Ambani. Photo: Bloomberg

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and its retail subsidiary, Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), have completed the current phase of partner induction and fundraise exercise for RRVL, the company said in a press statement today.

“RRVL has received cumulative subscription amount of 47,265 crore ($6.3 billion) from the following financial partners and allotted 69,27,81,234 equity shares to them. The respective equity stake in RRVL, on a fully diluted basis,” the company said in its statement.

This is the largest fundraise exercise in the sector completed within two months and all the investments have been completed with receipt of funds & issue of shares. RIL said.

RRVL is the holding company of all the retail companies under the RIL Group.

RRVL reported a consolidated turnover of 162,936 crore ($ 21.7 billion) and a net profit of 5,448 crore ($ 726.4 million) for the year ended March 31, 2020.

Isha Ambani, Director, RRVL said, “We are proud to have such strong and reputed partners in RRVL. With our focus on new commerce, we are committed to playing a transformational role in the Indian retail sector by empowering millions of merchants and micro, small and medium enterprises.”

Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to RRVL and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as legal counsels. BofA Securities, acting as additional financial advisor, advised on the process as well as transaction structuring.

This week RRVL acquired 96% stake in Urban Ladder Home Decor Solutions for a cash consideration of 182.12 crore.

RRVL has a further option of acquiring the balance stake, taking its shareholding to 100% of the equity share capital of UrbanLadder. RRVL said it proposes to make a further investment of up to 75 crore, which is expected to be completed by December 2023.

The article was first published on livemint.com.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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