(Reuters) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc is in talks to invest about 20-25 billion rupees ($285.4-356.7 million) in India’s One97 Communications Ltd, the parent of digital payments firm Paytm, the Economic Times reported on Monday.
Berkshire, the conglomerate run by billionaire Warren Buffett, is said to pick up a 3-4 per cent stake in Paytm’s parent and the deal is being done through a primary subscription of shares, the paper said citing people familiar with the matter. bit.ly/2LsBzXT
If materialized, it could be the first direct investment in India by Buffett, it said.
One of Berkshire’s key fund managers, Todd Combs, who is also seen as a potential chief investment officer at the company, is leading the transaction, the newspaper reported.
Berkshire’s investment could be clinched in the coming weeks, valuing Paytm at over $10 billion, the paper said.
Japan’s SoftBank and China’s Alibaba Group are among the major backers of Paytm.
Berkshire, One97 Communications, Softbank and Alibaba did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.