Silver Lake invests $1bn in Reliance Industries

The investment is Silver Lake's second in a Reliance Industries subsidiary, after the firm's $1.35 billion investment in Jio Platforms earlier this year. 

Silver Lake invested about $1 billion for a 1.75 percent stake in Reliance Retail Ventures, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries. The investment values Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd at 4.21 lakh crore. The investment is Silver Lake’s second in a Reliance Industries subsidiary, after the firm’s $1.35 billion investment in Jio Platforms earlier this year.

Press Release

Reliance Industries Limited (“Reliance Industries”) and Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (“RRVL”) announced today that Silver Lake will invest ₹ 7,500 crore into RRVL, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries.

This investment values RRVL at a pre-money equity value of ₹ 4.21 lakh crore. Silver Lake’s investment will translate into a 1.75% equity stake in RRVL on a fully diluted basis.

This marks the second billion dollar investment by Silver Lake in a Reliance Industries
subsidiary after the $1.35 billion investment in Jio Platforms announced earlier this year.

Reliance Retail Limited, a subsidiary of RRVL, operates India’s largest, fastest growing
and most profitable retail business serving close to 640 million footfalls across its ~12,000
stores nationwide. Reliance Retail’s vision is to galvanize the Indian retail sector through
an inclusive strategy serving millions of customers by empowering millions of farmers and
micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and working closely with global and
domestic companies as a preferred partner, to deliver immense benefits to Indian society,
while protecting and generating employment for millions of Indians.

Reliance Retail, through its New Commerce strategy, has started a transformational digitalization of small and unorganised merchants and is committed to expanding the network to over 20 million of these merchants, helping them benefit from the use of technology tools and efficient supply chain infrastructure to deliver a superior value proposition to their own customers.

With more than $60 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital
and a focus on the world’s great tech and tech-enabled opportunities, Silver Lake is the
global leader in large-scale technology investing. Its mission is to build and grow great
companies by partnering with world-class management teams. Its other investments
have included Airbnb, Alibaba, Alphabet’s Verily and Waymo units, Dell Technologies,
Twitter and numerous other global technology leaders.

Commenting on the transaction with Silver Lake, Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and
Managing Director, Reliance Industries, said, “I am delighted to extend our relationship
with Silver Lake to our transformational efforts of building an inclusive partnership with
millions of small merchants while providing value to Indian consumers across the country
in the Indian retail sector. We believe technology will be key to bringing the much-needed
transformation in this sector so that various constituents of the retail ecosystem can
collaborate to build inclusive growth platforms. Silver Lake will be an invaluable partner
in implementing our vision for Indian Retail.”

Commenting on the investment, Mr. Egon Durban, Co-CEO and Managing Partner of
Silver Lake, said, “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with Reliance with this
investment. Mukesh Ambani and his team at Reliance have created an outstanding world
leader in retail and technology through their courageous vision, commitment to societal
benefits, innovation excellence and relentless execution. The success of JioMart in such
a short time span, especially while India, along with the rest of the world, battles the
COVID-19 pandemic, is truly unprecedented, and the most exciting growth phase has
just begun. Reliance’s New Commerce strategy could become the disruptor of this
decade. We are thrilled to have been invited to partner with Reliance in their mission for
Indian Retail.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory and other customary approvals.

Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to Reliance Retail and Cyril Amarchand
Mangaldas and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as legal counsels. Latham & Watkins and
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co acted as legal counsels for Silver Lake.

About Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
RIL is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of INR 659,205
crore ($87.1 billion), cash profit of INR 71,446 crore ($9.4 billion), and net profit of INR
39,880 crore ($5.3 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2020.

RIL’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and
marketing, petrochemicals, retail and digital services. RIL is the top-most ranked
company from India to feature in Fortune’s Global 500 list of ‘World’s Largest Companies’
– currently ranking 96th. The company stands 71st in the ‘Forbes Global 2000’ rankings
for 2019 – top-most among Indian companies. It ranks 10th among LinkedIn’s ‘The Best
Companies to Work For In India’ (2019).

About Reliance Retail Ventures Limited
Reliance Retail Ventures Limited is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, and
holding company of all the retail companies under the RIL Group. RRVL reported a
consolidated turnover of ₹ 162,936 crore ($ 21.7 billion) and net profit of ₹ 5,448 crore
($ 726.4 million) for the year ended March 31, 2020.

Reliance Retail topped the list of ‘50 fastest-growing retailers globally between FY2013-
2018’ in the Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2020 index. Reliance Retail secured
the 56th spot this year against the 94th rank the previous year and is the only Indian
company to be featured in this list.