Intel's investment arm will pay some $255 million for a small stake in Reliance Industries' digital unit Jio Platforms.  
Photo: (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Intel's investment arm will pay some $255 million for a small stake in Reliance Industries' digital unit Jio Platforms. Photo: (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Intel to invest $255m in Reliance's digital unit Jio Platforms

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Chris Thomas Time of article published Jul 3, 2020

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INTERNAR]TIONAL - Intel's investment arm will pay some $255 million for a small stake in Reliance Industries' digital unit Jio Platforms, the latest in a slew of share sales that have helped the Indian conglomerate pay down debt.

Reliance has now sold just over a quarter of Jio Platforms, the unit that houses its telecoms venture Jio Infocomm and its music and movie apps, raising $15.8 billion from investors including Facebook and KKR & Co.

The deals highlight Jio Platforms’ potential to become the dominant player in India’s digital economy.

The telecoms unit has already decimated several rivals with cut-throat pricing, while Reliance is also using Jio Platforms’ technology in its new e-commerce venture that seeks to rival Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart. Jio Platforms is also working on connected cars, security systems and smart homes.

The sale of the 0.39 percent stake for 18.95 billion rupees gives Jio Platforms an enterprise value of 5.16 trillion rupees ($69 billion), Reliance said in a statement.

The deals and a $7 billion share sale have helped Reliance become net-debt free, the company said last month. It had previously planned to rid itself of net debt of just over $21 billion by the year end.

The oil-to-retail conglomerate, controlled by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, plans to wrap up most of its private fundraising for Jio Platforms by the third quarter of 2020 and then explore a potential public listing in the United States in 2021, a source familiar with matter has said. 

Reuters

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