PE: Walmart buys $1.4 Billion Tiger Global stake in Flipkart
- Tiger Global and Accel sold a remaining 5% stake in Flipkart to Walmart, as reported by various media outlets.
- Flipkart was reportedly valued at $38 billion in the latest transaction, higher than valuation of $35 billion in 2022 resulting into a highly profitable exit for both funds.
- Founded in October 2007, Flipkart, an Indian E-commerce company, was initially focused on online book sales with country-wide shipping and slowly grew in prominence.
- Flipkart has dominant position in apparel and mobile phone segments built by number of acquisitions like Myntra (US$280 Mn), PhonePe, Jabong (US$70 Mn), eBay.in, Arvind Youth Brands (US$35 million for 27% stake), Cleartrip etc.
About Tiger Global:
- Established in 2001, Tiger Global is an investment firm focused on public and private companies in the global Internet, software, consumer, and financial technology industries.
About Walmart Inc.:
- Established in 1962, Walmart Inc. is an American multinational retail giant that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores in the US, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.
- Walmart’s acquired Flipkart for $16 billion in 2018 for a 77% stake.
- Flipkart has raised a total of $14.3B in funding over 27 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Jul 31, 2023 from a Secondary Market round.
- The total revenue in FY22 was Rs 43,357 Crore and the losses were reported to be Rs 2,445 Crore.
- Tiger Global was one of the key investors in Flipkart. It had initially invested $8.6 million during Series B round in 2009 at a valuation of $42 million. Between 2010 and 2015, Tiger global invested $1.2 billion, as reported by Bloomberg.
- Tiger Global sold part of its Flipkart stake to Softbank Group Corp in 2017 for approx. $1 Billion, followed by a nearly $2.5-billion sale to Walmart in 2018.
- Tiger reportedly made total gain of US$3.5 Billion over the years from Flipkart, highest it generated from a single company globally.
- Flipkart completed its first funding round from Accel India receiving US$1 million in funding in 2009. Accel held over 20% stake when they first invested in 2008. However, they gradually reduced their stake to around 6% by 2019.
- Accel retained a small 1.1 percent stake after the acquisition by Walmart. Accel’s decision to exit has resulted in cumulative returns of an astonishing $1.5-2 billion, showcasing a remarkable 25-30X return on their total investment of approximately $60-80 million over the years.
While Sachin Bansal had already sold his stake to Walmart in 2018, Binny Bansal continued to hold around 2% in the company, which he has sold now.
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