New Delhi, November 24
Alphabet Inc’s Google has paid Rs 33,737 crore for a 7.73 per cent stake in Reliance Industries Ltd’s (RIL) digital subsidiary, Jio Platforms Ltd, joining the list of global investors such as Facebook, billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s firm said.
The transaction also marks the US technology giant’s biggest-ever investment in an Indian company. With this, Jio Platforms has raised a total of Rs 1.52 lakh crore by selling nearly 33 per cent stake to 13 financial and strategic investors in just 11 weeks.
This has helped RIL erase its net debt much ahead of the March 2021 target. “After receipt of all requisite approvals, Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of the company, received the subscription amount of Rs 33,737 crore from Google International LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Google LLC),” RIL said in a stock exchange filing. Jio Platforms has allotted equity shares to Google International LLC following which Google International LLC holds 7.73 per cent of the fully diluted equity share capital of Jio Platforms Limited, it said. Both will also come up with “an entry-level affordable smartphone. — PTI