Qualcomm invests Rs 730 cr in Jio for 0.15 laptop stake

New Delhi, July 12

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries on Sunday stated it had secured Rs 730 crore from wi-fi know-how chief Qualcomm by promoting a small stake in its know-how enterprise, including to a slew of investments since April that has crossed Rs 1.18 lakh crore.

“Qualcomm Ventures’ investment will translate into 0.15 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis,” the corporate stated in a press release.

The funding, the corporate stated, would deepen the ties with Qualcomm that may assist Jio rollout of superior 5G infrastructure and companies in India.

With this deal, Reliance has offered 25.24 per cent stake in Jio Platforms Ltd — the unit that homes India’s youngest however largest telecom agency Jio Infocomm and apps. In complete, Jio has raised Rs 1,18,318.45 crore.

Qualcomm, which is the 12th marquee agency to have set sight on India’s hottest digital play in as many weeks, values Jio Platforms at Rs 4.91 lakh crore, the assertion stated.

Proceeds from the stake gross sales in Jio Platforms together with the Rs 53,124 crore raised in a rights concern in June and from the sale of a 49 per cent stake in its gasoline retail community to BP final summer season for Rs 7,000 crore, will assist the corporate change into web debt-free, Reliance introduced final month, as soon as the promised funds are available (75 per cent of the funds from the rights concern will are available subsequent yr).

As of March, Reliance had a net-debt of over Rs 1.6 lakh crore.

Qualcomm is the world’s main wi-fi know-how innovator and the driving power behind the event, launch and enlargement of 5G.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, stated: “Qualcomm has been a valued partner for several years and we have a shared vision of connecting everything by building a robust and secure wireless and digital network and extending the benefits of digital connectivity to everyone in India.”

“As a world leader in wireless technologies, Qualcomm offers deep technology know-how and insights that will help us deliver on our 5G vision and the digital transformation of India for both people and enterprises,” he added.

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated, stated: “With unmatched speeds and emerging use cases, 5G is expected to transform every industry in the coming years.”

“Jio Platforms has led the digital revolution in India through its extensive digital and technological capabilities. As an enabler and investor with a longstanding presence in India, we look forward to playing a role in Jio’s vision to further revolutionise India’s digital economy,” he stated.

The transaction is topic to customary circumstances precedent.

Morgan Stanley acted as monetary advisor to Reliance Industries and AZB & Partners and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as authorized counsels. Trilegal acted as authorized counsel for Qualcomm Ventures.

The Jio Platforms deal spree started on April 22 when social networking large Facebook agreed to amass 9.99 per cent for Rs 43,573.62 crore.

Since then, six US non-public fairness corporations invested in Jio — Silver Lake Partners purchased 2.08 per cent for Rs 10,202.55 crore, Vista Equity Partners paid Rs 11,367 crore for a 2.32 per cent stake, General Atlantic acquired a 1.34 per cent stake for Rs 6,598.38 crore, KKR paid Rs 11,367 crore for a 2.32 per cent stake, TPG purchased a 0.93 per cent stake for Rs 4,546.80 crore and L Catterton picked up 0.39 per cent for Rs 1,894.50 crore.

Earlier this month, the funding arm of pc chip large Intel Corp picked up 0.39 per cent stake for Rs 1,894.50 crore.

Jio Platforms has additionally acquired funds from the Middle East which began with Mubadala Investment Co which picked up a 1.85 per cent stake for Rs 9,093.60 crore and was adopted by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, in addition to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority shopping for 2.32 per cent and 1.16 per cent stake for Rs 11,367 crore and Rs 5,683.50 crore, respectively.

Qualcomm’s funding values Jio at Rs 4.91 lakh crore — the identical quantity because the earlier a number of offers and a 12.5 per cent premium to the primary funding by Facebook.

Of these offers, the one with Facebook, L Catterton, The Public Investment Fund (PIF), Silver Lake and General Atlantic have closed and the cash has flown to Reliance.

Jio Platforms — which can be amassing a variety of companies from music streaming to on-line retail and funds — is predicted to make use of its 388 million cell phone subscribers because the cornerstone of an e-commerce and digital companies enterprise to rival Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart.

Jio has change into Reliance’s progress engine, combining with the corporate’s fast-growing retail arm to assist in offsetting the decline in oil and petrochemicals.

Ambani had in August final yr introduced talks on the market of a 20 per cent within the oil-to-chemical (O2C) enterprise to Saudi Aramco for $15 billion. However, the current plunge in oil costs has left that deal beneath a cloud of uncertainty, though Reliance has stated it’s on observe. PTI

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