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Flipkart: Unique: Accel, Tiger World could exit Flipkart in $1.5B share sale

2023-01-26 00:41:00

Two of the early backers of Flipkart — enterprise fund Accel Companions and New York-based funding agency Tiger World are in talks to promote their remaining stake within the ecommerce firm — which collectively quantities to about 5% — to its father or mother Walmart, a number of folks conscious of the event informed ET. The Bentonville-based American retail large might pay round $1.5 billion for this share buy, they mentioned.Whereas Accel owns a bit over 1% stake, Tiger World at the moment holds about 4% in Flipkart. As soon as a deal is finalised, Walmart’s stake in Flipkart will improve from its present holding of 72%.

“They (Accel and Tiger) need to promote and exit now absolutely. The discussions are shifting forward and the transaction will shut in due time,” mentioned one individual cited above. “It’s a vital second for each Accel and Tiger World having taken an (early) wager on the corporate and now main to a different money exit.”

Each funding companies are exiting from Flipkart largely as a result of they should return cash to their restricted companions or sponsors from funds which might be nearing the top of the maturity cycle.Walmart’s transfer to purchase out Flipkart’s earliest buyers Accel and Tiger World comes shut on the heels of its $1 billion infusion in funds agency PhonePe by means of major and secondary investments.

For Accel, which first invested in Flipkart in 2009, the newest deal is predicted to fetch returns of round $350 million because it fully exits the corporate. Starting with an preliminary funding of $1 million, Accel had over time pumped in a complete of about $100 million within the firm based by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in 2007. The enterprise fund had clocked mega returns of about $1 billion when it bought partial stake on the time of Walmart’s $16 billion acquisition of Flipkart in 2018.

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As for Tiger World — this ultimate sale of its stake to Walmart — will ship vital payout and mark the end result of an funding cycle triggered by Lee Fixel, a former companion within the NY agency who led its investments in Flipkart. Fixel would later deepen Tiger World’s India bets with investments in a slew of startups like Freshworks, Delhivery, Ola and Razorpay.On the time of the Walmart acquisition of Flipkart in 2018, Tiger World had earned about $2 billion (present dollar-rate) from its partial stake sale. To make sure, Tiger World can be preventing a case towards Indian tax authorities over a tax demand on this exit.

Fixel left the fund in 2019 to start out his personal fund named Addition. Scott Shleifer, head for personal investments, at Tiger World now overlooks the India market together with colleagues like Alex Cook dinner.

Emails despatched to Accel and Flipkart didn’t elicit any response until press time Wednesday. A spokesperson for Tiger World declined to remark.

“We don’t touch upon hypothesis about our enterprise,” a spokesperson for Walmart mentioned.

Flipkart group CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy was additionally a former Tiger World government and was concerned within the Flipkart funding together with Fixel. He first joined the ecommerce agency as its chief monetary officer earlier than ultimately taking over his present function.

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Walmart India wager
The continuing talks to supply an exit to Accel and Tiger World comes at a time when there’s a liquidity squeeze globally and in India. This means the regular religion that Walmart maintains within the India market by means of its bets like Flipkart and PhonePe. The funds firm not too long ago separated from erstwhile father or mother agency Flipkart.

As a part of the PhonePe transaction, ET first reported that Flipkart workers — present and former — will obtain a one-time money payout to the tune of $700 million. Krishnamurthy confirmed the payout to workers in an inner word whereas asserting the PhonePe separation. The worker group, which holds inventory choices within the ecommerce agency, just isn’t investing in PhonePe’s new unit and the workers payout is for the worth of PhonePe of their holding.

As reported by ET, Walmart is investing over $1 billion in PhonePe’s ongoing funding spherical — together with secondary share gross sales — taking the entire to about $1.5-2 billion in dimension.

PhonePe has raised $350 million within the first tranche from Normal Atlantic at a pre-money valuation of $12 billion as a part of the continued funding spherical.

As a part of the separation, Flipkart’s valuation can be getting re-adjusted to round $33 billion as towards $37.6 billion in 2021.

For Flipkart, it has steadily now maintained market share management throughout the nation throughout business-as-usual in addition to the flagship festive interval gross sales.

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ET reported earlier this month saying Flipkart’s India market arm had acquired a $90 million money infusion from Singapore father or mother. Whereas Flipkart was initially contemplating to go for an preliminary public providing in 2023, the plans are on maintain for now because of adjustments in international macroeconomic volatility.

Tiger territory
Tiger World has been one of many key believers in Flipkart and has doubled down on the agency even when buyers like Normal Atlantic walked away from investing in it.

Nonetheless, Tiger World has additionally seen a major drop in valuation of its tech bets globally — non-public and public. India, nonetheless stays its key focus. ET had reported in October 2022 citing an inner word to Tiger’s buyers that India grabbed a number of mentions in its outlook for a possible new fund — about $6 billion in dimension and far smaller than initially anticipated in dimension.

“We anticipate that PIP (Tiger World Non-public Funding Companions) 16 will equally profit from the differentiated entry to forcing early-stage investments largely in enterprise themes and in India and can accomplish that in a lower-valuation market […]. In India, the place we now have constructed a number one model and portfolio over greater than 15 years, each B2B and shopper classes are considerably below penetrated relative to different massive markets,” in accordance with the letter.

Tiger World closed a $12.7 billion expertise fund in 2021. However, a smaller new fund alerts the primary massive downturn in over twenty years for the expertise world globally.

In India, executives like Cook dinner and Shleifer have reiterated their dedication to the native entrepreneurs. ET reported about each Shleifer and Cook dinner visiting India. In line with individuals who met them, the fund remains to be aggressive on its India outlook and is doubling down on early-stage offers to hitch firms early on.

Tiger World’s new bets in India embrace native language social media agency ShareChat, business-to-business ecommerce agency for uncooked materials procurement OfBusiness and fintech Cred, amongst others.

Illustration and graphics by Rahul Awasthi

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