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Reliance Industries shares gain nearly 2 per cent after General Atlantic deal

PTI New Delhi | Updated on May 18, 2020

Shares of Reliance Industries on Monday gained nearly 2 per cent after the company announced the sale of 1.34 per cent stake in its digital unit to global equity firm General Atlantic for ₹6,598.38 crore.

The heavyweight stock rose by 1.58 per cent to ₹1,482 on the BSE in opening session.

On the NSE, shares of the company went advanced 1.54 per cent to ₹1,482.

However, as the session progressed, the company surrendered the early gains and was quoting 1.07 per cent down at ₹1,443.25 on the BSE in line with weak market sentiment.

Reliance Industries on Sunday announced the sale of 1.34 per cent stake in its digital unit to global equity firm General Atlantic for ₹6,598.38 crore, the fourth deal in less than four weeks that will inject a combined ₹67,194.75 crore in the oil-to-telecom conglomerate to help it pare debt.

“This investment values Jio Platforms at an equity value of ₹4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of ₹5.16 lakh crore. General Atlantic’s investment will translate into a 1.34 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis,” the company said in a statement.

The deal follows Facebook picking up a 9.99 per cent stake in the firm that houses India’s youngest but largest telecom firm on April 22 for ₹43,574 crore.

Within days of that deal, Silver Lake - the world’s largest tech investor - bought a 1.15 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for ₹5,665.75 crore. On May 8, US-based Vista Equity Partners bought 2.32 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for ₹11,367 crore.

Meanwhile, Reliance Industries’ ₹53,125-crore rights issue will open for subscription of shareholders on May 20 and will close on June 3.

Shareholders will have to pay only 25 per cent for subscribing to the issue, and the balance will have to be paid in two installments in May and November next year, the company said.

Published on May 18, 2020

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