MUMBAI/BENGALURU — India’s Reliance Industries Ltd said on Wednesday private equity firm General Atlantic will invest 36.75 billion rupees ($498.31 million) for a 0.84% stake in its retail arm, while Silver Lake co-investors will also buy a stake.
The deals underscore growing investor interest in Reliance Retail, which is led by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani. Reliance is seeking investors for its retail arm after raising more than $20 billion in recent months for its digital unit.
General Atlantic CEO Bill Ford said he was “thrilled to be backing” Ambani’s mission to drive substantial change in the country’s retail sector. Reliance Retail is seen as a formidable rival to Amazon.com Inc and Walmart Inc’s Flipkart in India.
In a separate statement on Wednesday, Reliance said Silver Lake co-investors will invest an additional 18.75 billion rupees ($254.89 million) in its retail unit.
Earlier in September, Silver Lake had announced a 75 billion rupees ($1.02 billion) investment in Reliance Retail, and the total investment by the U.S. private equity firm and its co-investors now stood at 93.75 billion rupees ($1.27 billion).
Wednesday’s investments give Reliance Retail a pre-money valuation of 4.29 trillion rupees ($58.17 billion). Reliance, which in May launched an online grocery service, also operates around 12,000 brick and mortar stores.