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Walmart to infuse $1.2 billion in Flipkart Group; pegs latter’s valuation at $24.9 billion

US-based retail giant Walmart has infused $ 1.2 billion in Flipkart‘s commerce business valuing it at $ 24.9 billion, as the Indian online retail battle gets redrawn with Reliance Jio‘s plans to leverage its telecom reach to propel online commerce.

The capital from Walmart, which already owns around 80% in the Bengaluru-based online retailer, will take its shareholding up a percentage or so, said people in the know.

This is the largest such fund raise for Flipkart since it was acquired two years ago for $ 16 billion, valuing the etailer at $ 21 billion.

In a prepared statement, Flipkart said, “The investment is led by Walmart, Flipkart Group’s majority owner, along with a group of existing shareholders and values the company at $ 24.9 billion post-money. It will be funded in two tranches over the remainder of the fiscal year.”

The backing of Walmart comes at a time when Mukesh Ambani-led Jio Platforms has amassed $ 15 billion from myriad investors including Facebook and private equity biggies like Silver Lake and KKR. Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Google was in talks to plough around $ 4 billion into Jio Platforms.

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