Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail To Acquire Majority Stake In Just Dial
Just Dial signage at company’s offices in Mumbai. (Photographer: Shruti Menon/BloombergQuint)

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail To Acquire Majority Stake In Just Dial

Reliance Industries Ltd.’s retail unit has agreed to buy majority stake in local search and listings firm Just Dial Ltd. for Rs 5,719 crore.

Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. will acquire 25.35% via preferential allotment of 2.11 crore shares at Rs 1,022.25 apiece, totaling Rs 2,164.9 crore, according to a company filing with stock exchanges. The preferential issue price is at a 4.9% discount to Friday's closing price of Rs 1,073 apiece.

Reliance Retail will also to offer to purchase up to 26% of the public shareholding as mandated by takeover regulations. It has also agreed to purchase in a secondary transaction 1.31 crore shares from the promoters at Rs 1,020 apiece.

RRVL Stake In Just Dial

  • Preferential Allotment: 25.35%

  • Open Offer: 26%

  • Secondary Purchase From Promoter: 15.62% post preferential share capital

All purchases at Rs 1,020 per share.

The Mukesh Ambani-owned retailer is seeking to acquire an aggregate of 66.95% stake in Just Dial through the combination of all these transactions at Rs 5,719 crore.

Existing promoters will continue to own 10.6% and VSS Mani will remain the managing director for five years. But, as per the new shareholder agreement he will sign with Reliance Retail, Mani and Anita Mani will vote on their shares as per instructions of the Ambani-promoted company. That will give Reliance Retail over 50% of the voting control in the company irrespective of how the open offer fares.

Just Dial had more than 3 crore listings and nearly 13 crore quarterly unique users across web, mobile, app and voice platforms as of March, according to its filing.

"The investment in Just Dial underlines our commitment to new commerce by further boosting the digital ecosystem for millions of our partner merchants, micro, small and medium enterprises," Isha Ambani, director at Reliance Retail Ventures, said in a company statement. "We look forward to working with the highly experienced management team of Just Dial as we further expand the business going forward.”

Just Dial shares closed 3.35% lower on the NSE ahead of the announcement compared with an almost unchanged Nifty 50.

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail To Acquire Majority Stake In Just Dial

Just Dial's revenue from operations fell 5.8% sequentially to Rs 165.4 crore in the quarter ended June. The company posted a loss of Rs 3.82 crore during the quarter.

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