This Article is From May 09, 2020

Saudi Arabia, US Firms Eye Stakes In Reliance Jio: Report

On Friday, Reliance Industries announced a $1.5 billion stake sale in Jio to Vista Equity Partners, the third deal in just over two weeks.

Saudi Arabia, US Firms Eye Stakes In Reliance Jio: Report

Reliance Industries cut a $5.7 billion deal with Facebook for a 9.99% stake in Jio on April 22

Two more firms are eyeing a share of Reliance Industries' $65-billion digital unit Jio Platforms, according to Bloomberg News, setting them up to be a part of a growing list of firms that have recently invested in the Mumbai-based company.

US private equity firm General Atlantic is considering investing about $850 million to $950 million in Reliance Industries' digital unit, a Bloomberg report said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The deal could be completed as soon as this month, though no agreement has been finalized and plans may change, it added.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) is also considering to buy a minority stake in Jio, Bloomberg said in a separate report.

General Atlantic declined to comment on the report, while Jio and PIF did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

Hours earlier on Friday, Reliance Industries announced a $1.5 billion stake sale in Jio to Vista Equity Partners, the third deal in just over two weeks.

The conglomerate cut a $5.7 billion deal with Facebook for a 9.99 per cent stake in Jio on April 22 and a few days later, it secured a $750 million investment from private equity firm Silver Lake.

Together the three deals will inject a combined $8 billion in the telecoms-to-energy group and help it pare its debt.

Vista's investment gave Jio an equity value of Rs 4.91 lakh crore ($65 billion) and an enterprise value of Rs 5.16 lakh crore, said Reliance Industries, controlled by billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani.

The potential investments from New York-based General Atlantic and the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, which manages over $300 billion in assets, would inject money on top of the $8 billion which Jio has already raised.

Saudi's PIF has been buying minority stakes several companies. Last month, it disclosed an 8.2 per cent stake in coronavirus-hit Carnival Corp, sending the cruise operator's shares up nearly 30 per cent higher.