Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd, the retail arm of Reliance Industries, has received the full subscription amount of $240m from the global investment firm KKR and has allotted 17.1m equity shares.

Following the share allotment, KKR’s shareholding in Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL) has increased to 1.42 per cent, from 1.17 per cent.

“Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd today received the subscription amount of $240m from Alyssum Asia Holdings II Pte. Ltd. (KKR) and allotted 17,158,752 equity shares to KKR,” Reliance Industries said in a regulatory filing on Saturday evening.

Earlier this month, Reliance Industries had announced KKR’s investment of $240m in RRVL, the holding company of the retail business of billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led group, for a 0.25 per cent additional stake at a valuation of about $8.36 trillion.

Founded in 1976, KKR has approximately $519bn in assets under management as of June 30, 2023.

Earlier this month, RIL received investment from Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for around 1 per cent stake in RRVL at a valuation of $ 100bn

In 2020, RRVL had raised around $ 6.4bn from global private equity funds for a 10.09 per cent stake, valuing the company at more than $4.2 trillion.

This was the largest fundraising exercise in the sector at that time.

The company had raised funds from Silver Lake, KKR, Mubadala, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, GIC, TPG, General Atlantic and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund at a valuation of around $ 57bn at that time.

RRVL is aggressively expanding its business by acquiring companies and getting the franchise rights of leading international brands for India.

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Besides, it is investing in scaling up infrastructure and also acquired the India business of German retail major Metro Cash and Carry.

Last month, in the AGM of Reliance Industries, Chairman Mukesh Ambani said that several marquee global strategic and financial investors have shown strong interest in Reliance Retail.

Addressing shareholders, he had said that if RRVL was listed on stock exchanges, then based on the current valuation, it would be among the top four listed entities in the country.

In less than three years, the valuation of Reliance Retail has doubled and the pace of this value creation is “unmatched globally”, Ambani had said.
In its latest annual report, RIL said Reliance Retail had achieved a significant milestone of crossing a billion transactions and its registered user base has grown to 249m.

Source:  Business Standard

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