Abu Dhabi’s ADQ in Talks to Invest $500 Million in Flipkart

Flipkart Ltd. signage is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Bengaluru, India. (Photographer: Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg)

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ in Talks to Invest $500 Million in Flipkart

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund ADQ is in talks to invest about $500 million in India’s Flipkart, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Walmart Inc.-backed e-commerce firm raises funds ahead of a potential initial public offering next year.

The oil-rich emirate’s newest state investment company is discussing an injection of funds that would value Flipkart between $35 billion and $40 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. The fundraising would come ahead of a planned IPO that could take place as soon as 2022, they said.

Flipkart is seeking to raise at least $3 billion and could decide to increase the amount to as much as $3.75 billion, as investors have shown significant interest, the people said.

Considerations are ongoing and the talks could fall apart, the people said. Representatives for Flipkart didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment made outside business hours in India. An ADQ representative was not immediately available to comment.

Flipkart is seeking to raise at least $3 billion from a group of investors including SoftBank Group Corp., Singapore’s GIC Pte and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Bloomberg News reported June 7 citing people familiar with the matter. The group also includes the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the emirate’s largest sovereign wealth funds, the people said at the time.

ADQ, formerly known as Abu Dhabi Development Holding Co., has been one of the most active investors in the Middle East since its inception in 2018. It oversees about $110 billion in assets, according to a report from Global SWF. That would make it the third largest of Abu Dhabi’s state investors, after ADIA with roughly $700 billion and Mubadala Investment Co. with about $230 billion.

The upstart firm has become a prolific dealmaker. In November 2020, ADQ agreed to buy a 45% stake in agricultural trader Louis Dreyfus Company BV, with a minimum of $800 million in proceeds from the sale to be invested in the firm. Bausch Health Cos. agreed to sell Egyptian drugmaker Amoun Pharmaceutical Co. to ADQ in March for $740 million, the Canadian firm said.

Middle Eastern funds invested eagerly in India last year, notably in stake sales by arms of Reliance Industries Ltd. Mubadala, ADIA and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund were among the large investors that collectively ploughed $27 billion into Reliance businesses including Jio Platforms Ltd. and Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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