Private equity firm Silver Lake to invest Rs 5,655.75 crore in Reliance Jio Platforms – ETtech



US personal equity firm Silver Lake will invest Rs 5,655.75 crore in Jio Platforms for a 1.15% stake at an equity worth of Rs 4.90 lakh crore, a deal which got here lower than two weeks after Facebook announced a $5.7 billion investment into the unit of Reliance Industries.”Reliance Industries Limited and Jio Platforms Limited announced today that Silver Lake will invest Rs 5,655.75 crore into Jio Platforms. This investment values Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs 4.90 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs 5.15 lakh crore and represents a 12.5% premium to the equity valuation of the Facebook investment announced on April 22, 2020,” RIL and Jio in a joint assertion mentioned Monday.

Jio Platforms is a completely-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited focussed on subsequent-technology applied sciences. Reliance Jio Infocomm, which supplies connectivity platform to over 388 million subscribers, will proceed to be a completely-owned subsidiary of Jio Platforms.

In April, US social networking big Facebook mentioned it’ll acquire a 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 43,574 crore, which in accordance to analysts, would assist cut back debt at RIL.

Read: How Facebook is logging into the Reliance Jio ecosystem“Silver Lake is likely one of the most revered voices in expertise and finance. We are excited to leverage insights from their world expertise relationships for the Indian Digital Society’s transformation,” Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd, mentioned in a press release.

“…They (Jio Platforms) have brought extraordinary engineering capabilities to bear on bringing the power of low-cost digital services to a mass consumer and small businesses population. The market potential they are addressing is enormous…,” mentioned Egon Durban, Silver Lake Co-CEO and Managing Partner.

The transaction is topic to regulatory and different customary approvals.

Morgan Stanley acted as monetary advisor to Reliance Industries and AZB & Partners and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as authorized counsels.

“In the wake of the severe economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, globally and especially within India, this partnership with one of the most renowned tech-investors globally, Silver Lake, has special significance. Comprehensive digitisation will be a vital component of the revitalisation of the Indian economy,” Jio Platforms mentioned in the assertion.

Read: The inside story of Facebook-Jio’s $5.7 billion deal

“The funding by Silver Lake underlines additional testomony to the world-class digital platform that Jio has constructed, powered by main applied sciences, similar to Broadband connectivity, Smart Devices, Cloud and Edge Computing, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Augmented and Mixed Reality and Blockchain,” it added.

Silver Lake has round $40 billion in mixed property below administration and dedicated capital with a singular give attention to the world’s nice tech and tech-enabled alternatives. Its investments have included Airbnb, Alibaba, Ant Financial, Alphabet’s Verily and Waymo items, Dell Technologies, Twitter, and quite a few different world expertise leaders.

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