New Delhi: Retail giant Walmart has paid around $3.5 billion to acquire shares in e-commerce major Flipkart from non-controlling stakeholders, including co-founder Binny Bansal and top investment firms Tiger Global and Accel, among others.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing in the US, the company said that during the six months ended July 31, 2023, “the company paid $3.5 billion to acquire shares from certain Flipkart non-controlling interest holders and settle the liability to former non-controlling interest holders of PhonePe”. (Also Read: Daughters Of Destiny: These Women Are Not Only Running Their Father’s Business But Also Revolutionizing The Game – In Pics)
Additionally, during the six months ended July 31, the company received $0.7 billion related to new rounds of equity funding for the company’s majority-owned PhonePe subsidiary. (Also Read: ISRO Scientist Salary 2023: Do You Know Monthly Income Of Top Minds Of India? Check Here)
Bansal reportedly received about $1-$1.5 billion from his shareholding in Flipkart. Binny, along with Sachin Bansal, exited Flipkart after selling it to Walmart in 2018 for around $16 billion.
Last year, Binny Bansal sold his stake worth $264 million (more than Rs 2,000 crore) in the homegrown e-commerce platform to Chinese Internet giant Tencent.
In July, retail giant Walmart paid $1.4 billion to acquire VC form Tiger Global’s remaining shares in Flipkart. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Walmart paid the money to boost Flipkart’s stake.
Walmart purchased Tiger Global’s remaining holding in Flipkart to further cement its control of the Indian e-commerce giant. Tiger Global made an overall gain of $3.5 billion on an investment of $1.2 billion.
Flipkart was earlier valued at $37.6 billion in a 2021 funding round. Walmart had a 72 percent share in Flipkart as last reported.