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Amazon wants to invest in Future Retail: Bloomberg
Posted on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:23
Amazon is in late-stage discussions to acquire as much as 10.0 per cent of Future Retail as part of plans to continue boosting its presence in India’s on- and offline retail market, Bloomberg reported. Sources told the news provider the US juggernaut recently initiated talks with parent Future Group regarding a deal that may value the brick-and-mortar chain at roughly INR 20.00 billion (USD 280.71 million). Negotiations tailed off earlier this year following India’s decision to revise policies governing foreign direct investment in the ecommerce space. Amazon is likely to carry out the investment via a holding company and the deal will include an option to acquire additional shares from founder and chairman Kishore Biyani, according to Bloomberg’s sources. However, there is no certainty the talks will result in an agreement and details have not been finalised, the news provider cautioned. Future Retail serves millions of customers in more than 400 cities in every state of the country through digital platforms and over 2,000 stores that cover over 16.00 million square feet of shopping space. The group’s stable of brands include the flagship chain Big Bazaar, a large format hypermarket with stores designed to attract consumers shunning the chaotic street markets. It has been adding to its network of small-format corner shops – comprising EasyDay and Heritage Fresh - by opening 82 new locations during the first quarter ended 30th June 2019, while closing 38 loss-making locations. Future Retail is focused on achieving double digit growth year-on-year, increasing the number of stores and customer footfalls and recording higher operating profit. Bloomberg’s report comes just weeks after the Economic Times said Amazon is in early discussions to acquire 26.0 per cent of Reliance Retail after Reliance Industries’ talks to sell the stake to Alibaba fell apart over disagreements on a value. © Zephus Ltd