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Abu Dhabi's Mubadala agrees $853 million deal with India's Reliance Retail

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a poster of Reliance Industries installed outside the venue of the company's annual general meeting in Mumbai June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co has agreed to invest 62.48 billion rupees ($853 million) in the retail division of India’s Reliance Industries RELI.NS, the Indian conglomerate said in a statement.

Reliance Retail is on a fundraising spree and has secured around $1.8 billion in the past few weeks from KKR & Co KKR.N and Silver Lake Partners.

Mubadala’s investment translates into a 1.4% equity stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited on a fully diluted basis, according to the statement and a source close to the deal.

“This marks the second significant investment by Mubadala in a Reliance Industries subsidiary after the $1.2 billion investment in Jio Platforms announced earlier this year,” Reliance said.

Reliance, controlled by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, has approached investors, who collectively pumped more than $20 billion into its Jio Platforms digital business this year, to take stakes in its retail business. That business has nearly 12,000 stores and sells everything from groceries and electronics to fashion and shoes.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that Mubadala, which manages over $230 billion in assets and is the second-biggest state investor in Abu Dhabi after Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, was in advanced talks to invest in Reliance Retail.

Mubadala’s group chief executive Khaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak said in June the fund was under-invested in Asia and planned to expand its portfolio in the region.

($1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham)

($1 = 73.2500 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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