New Delhi, May 8, 2020: US-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners will buy a 2.32 percent stake in billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s digital unit, Jio Platforms, for $1.5 billion (Rs 11,367 crore), the company announced today.
‘This investment values Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs 5.16 lakh crore,’ the company said in a statement.
Vista’s investment will translate into a 2.32 per cent equity stake on a fully diluted basis, making Vista the largest investor in Jio Platforms behind Reliance Industries and Facebook.
Facebook had bought 9.99 per cent stake in Jio Platforms – the firm that houses India’s youngest but biggest telecom firm, for Rs 43,574 crore. That deal was followed by Silver Lake – the world’s largest tech investor – buying 1.15 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 5,665.75 crore.
‘Jio Platforms has now raised Rs 60,596.37 crore from leading technology investors in less than three weeks,’ the statement said.
Jio Platforms, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries, is a next-generation tech company that brings together Jio’s leading digital apps, digital ecosystems, and high-speed connectivity platform under one umbrella.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, which provides connectivity platform to over 388 million subscribers, will continue to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jio Platforms.
Vista is a leading global investment firm focused on empowering enterprise software, data and technology enabled companies that are reinventing industries and catalyzing change. It has more than USD 57 billion in cumulative capital commitments and its global network of companies collectively represent the 5th largest enterprise software company in the world.
Currently, Vista portfolio companies have a significant presence in India with over 13,000 employees.
‘I am delighted to welcome Vista, one of the world’s marquee tech investors globally as a valued partner. Like our other partners, Vista also shares with us the same vision of continuing to grow and transform the Indian digital ecosystem for the benefit of all Indians,’ RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said.
Ambani further said ‘we are excited to leverage the professional expertise and multi-level support that Vista has been offering to its investments globally for the benefit of Jio.’