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Middle East funds ADIA, PIF in talks to buy stakes worth $750 million in Reliance Retail

Reliance has been aggressively building its retail presence through acquisitions, moving beyond its mainstay oil and gas business

twitter-logoReuters | September 10, 2020 | Updated 09:05 IST
Middle East funds ADIA, PIF in talks to buy stakes worth $750 million in Reliance Retail
The conglomerate has raised a little more than $20 billion from global investors, including Facebook Inc, by selling stakes in its Jio Platforms digital business

Middle East sovereign wealth funds, including the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), are in talks to buy stakes in the retail arm of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

ADIA is in discussions to invest about $750 million at a valuation of roughly $57 billion, while PIF could funnel as much as $1.5 billion into Reliance Retail, the FT said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Also read: KKR to follow Silver Lake? PE firm may invest $1.5 billion in Reliance's retail biz

Abu Dhabi investment firm Mubadala may also take a stake, according to the report. ADIA and PIF declined to comment, while Mubadala and Reliance Industries did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The discussions come as Reliance earlier in the day said U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake Partners will invest $1.02 billion in its retail business. KKR & Co Inc is in advanced talks to invest at least $1 billion in Reliance Retail, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Also read: Silver Lake invests Rs 7,500 cr in Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail for 1.75% stake

Reliance has been aggressively building its retail presence through acquisitions, moving beyond its mainstay oil and gas business. The company has said it aims to attract investors in Reliance Retail over the next few quarters. The conglomerate has raised a little more than $20 billion from global investors, including Facebook Inc, by selling stakes in its Jio Platforms digital business.

Also read: Three strong businesses for smooth succession at Ambani family

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