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Walmart expects to close Flipkart deal by the end of this year

According to a regulatory filing with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Walmart said the ongoing operations of Flipkart are expected to impact the US company's income negativel

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Hyderabad [ Published on: June 05, 2018 20:57 IST ]
Flipkart-Walmart deal is the biggest Mergers and Acqusition

Flipkart-Walmart deal is the biggest Mergers and Acqusition (M&A) deal in India this year.

 

Walmart, the US retail giant which signed an agreement in May this year to acquire 77 per cent stake in Flipkart, expects to close the deal before the end of current calendar year.

According to a regulatory filing with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Walmart said the ongoing operations of Flipkart are expected to impact the US company's income negatively. Walmart also said it intends to fund the acquisition of Flipkart with a combination of newly-issued debt and cash on hand. 

The deal would also be the largest in India's e-commerce space so far. 

"In May 2018, the company announced it will pay approximately USD 16 billion in exchange for approximately 77 per cent of the outstanding shares of Flipkart Group (Flipkart). The investment includes USD 2 billion of new equity funding. ... closing is expected later this calendar year, and is subject to regulatory approval," it said in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

According to the filing made on June 4, upon closing and consolidating the financial statements of Flipkart, the ongoing operations of Flipkart are expected to negatively impact fiscal 2019 net income. 

More than 100 trader organisations have opposed the USD 16-billion deal. 

Earlier, speaking at an investors' meet, Walmart Inc President, CEO and Director, Douglas McMillon had said they were learning about retail ecosystems and how they work around the world. 

"We're learning a lot from China. We'll be learning even more from India. And we basically want to be in places that have a tremendous opportunity, which is what led us to Flipkart in India," he had said. 

He had also said that Flipkart, which has a strong management team, built out an ecosystem. 

"In the case of India, it's worth it. If it had been a smaller market, we may have passed. But this is a unique opportunity. 

"And when you look out 5, 10, 20 years from now, time will tell. But we're confident that we'll look back at it and say, Yes, that was a big bet. It was a bold bet. But we're glad we took it. We're not running this thing for one year," he had said justifying the proposed acquisition. 

Last month, in a report about the proposed acquisition, Moodys Vice President Charlie O' Shea said that as Flipkart is expected to generate meaningful losses 
for at  least the next few years, this is clearly an investment for the future.

The deal, under which Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal and Japan's Softbank Corp Group are exiting, values Flipkart at USD 20.8 billion. It is also the biggest Mergers and Acqusition (M&A) deal in India this year.

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