US private equity firm Silver Lake and its co-investors will invest an additional Rs 4,546.80 crore in Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) Jio Platforms. The aggregate investment by Silver Lake and its co-investors in Jio Platforms now stand at Rs 10,202.55 crore, said RIL in a press release.

With the fresh investment, Silver Lake will now have 2.08 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms. Silver Lake had earlier bought 1.15 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for an amount of Rs 5,655.75 crore.

“Silver Lake’s investment values Jio Platforms at an equity value of 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of 5.16 lakh crore, and will translate into a 2.08% equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis,” RIL said.

Jio Platforms raises over Rs 92,000 crore

With the fresh investment, Jio Platforms has raised Rs 92,202.15 crore from leading technology investors in approximately six weeks.

Commenting on the additional investment, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Silver Lake and its co-investors are valued partners as we continue to grow and transform the Indian digital ecosystem for the benefit of all Indians.”

“I would like to emphasise that Silver Lake’s additional investment in Jio Platforms, within a span of five weeks during the Covid-19 pandemic, is a strong endorsement of the intrinsic resilience of the Indian economy, which will surely grow bigger with comprehensive digital enablement,” he added.

It may be noted that the announcement about additional investment by Silver Lake in Jio Platforms comes in less than 24 hours after Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala said it will invest Rs 9,093.6 crore in Jio Platforms.

The rapid deals also show RIL’s intent to fulfil its target of becoming a net zero debt company by next year. The recent success of the mega rights issue will also help in lowering RIL’s net debt significantly.

Analysts said that Reliance is poised to reach its target of becoming a zero net debt company by March 2021.

It may be noted that Reliance shares had touched an all-time high of Rs 1,617.70 on BSE before volatile trade eroded gains at Friday’s closing.

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