US retail giant Walmart Inc mentioned in its report to US security exchange that they may come up with an initial public offer (IPO) of Flipkart as early as four years.
Walmart in its report said IPO will be at “a valuation no less than that paid by Walmart under the share issuance agreement, subject to the satisfaction of certain other conditions regarding such offering (the IPO)”.
Which means Walmart can issue the shares of Flipkart at the valuation of $16 billion that it paid to other investors of Flipkart to acquire the 77% shares of Flipkart.
Also, the report added, “Shareholders agreement would expire upon the consummation of the IPO, whether initiated by the board or the minority stockholders”.
“Pursuant to a Registration Rights Agreement to be entered into concurrently with the shareholders agreement, holders of 60 percent of the Flipkart shares held by the minority shareholders, acting together, may require Flipkart to effect an initial public offering following the fourth anniversary of closing of the transactions,” Walmart Inc said in a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Meanwhile, sources with direct knowledge of the development said that Japans SoftBank has not yet decided to sell its 20-22 percent stake in Flipkart to Walmart.
Masayoshi Son, the CEO, and founder of Softbank will take a call in the next 7-10 days on whether to exit Indias biggest online retailer or say invested for some more time.
The factors that hold key to the decision include the tax SoftBank has to pay on profits it would earn from stake sale.
In case SoftBank decides not to sell, Walmart would be left with about 55 percent of Flipkart.
Last week, most of the shareholders in Flipkart like Naspers, venture fund Accel Partners and eBay had confirmed they were selling their shares to Walmart.
Shareholders who still have the equity in Flipkart after the deal include co-founder Binny Bansal, China’s Tencent Holdings, US hedge fund Tiger Global Management and Microsoft Corp.
To further stated about the deal, Walmart Inc said the Flipkart board will initially have eight directors, five Walmart-appointed, two appointed by certain minority shareholders and one founder.
Walmart said the number of directors may be increased to nine at any time.
The US retail major said it may appoint or replace the chief executive and other principal executives of the Flipkart group of companies, subject to certain consultation rights of the board and the founder.
It said among other transfer restrictions and subject to certain exceptions, transfers of Flipkart shares will be subject to a right of first refusal exercisable by Walmart and other significant minority shareholders, and in certain situations, co-sale rights.
The right of first refusal for the minority shareholders will expire if Walmart owns 85 percent of the outstanding shares of Flipkart, it added.