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KKR raises stake in Indian billionaire Ambani’s Reliance Retail with $250 mln

NEW DELHI, Sept 11 (Reuters) – KKR & Co Inc (KKR.N) has increased its stake in Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail Ventures by investing an additional $250 million at a valuation of $100 billion, adding to its bet on the country’s biggest retailer.

The private equity firm’s follow-on investment translates into an additional equity stake of 0.25% in Reliance Retail on a fully-diluted basis, taking KKR’s total equity stake in the Indian company to 1.42%, the retailer said in a statement on Monday.

The investment marks growing interest in Ambani’s retail operations that stretch from groceries to electronics, and include foreign partnerships with brands such as Jimmy Choo, Marks & Spencer and Pret A Manger. It has more than 18,000 stores and also competes with Amazon (AMZN.O) and Walmart’s (WMT.N) Flipkart.

In 2020, Reliance Retail raised $5.71 billion by selling a 10.09% stake to investors including KKR, the Saudi Public Investment Fund, General Atlantic and the United Arab Emirates’ Mubadala.

That year, KKR had invested 55.5 billion rupees ($669.65 million) in Reliance Retail. Ambani recently said the 2020 fundraising valued the business at around $52 billion, and “in less than three years, the valuation of retail has almost doubled.”

KKR’s latest investment comes primarily from its Asian Fund IV and the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, Reliance said. Morgan Stanley acted as financial adviser to Reliance Retail.

Reuters exclusively reported this month Reliance was in advanced talks with global investors to raise around $2.5 billion by the end of September, ahead of a potential stock market listing. Ambani said in 2019 that the group planned

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Exclusive: Barclays explores sale of stake in $2.5 billion UK payments unit

A Barclays bank building is seen at Canary Wharf in London

A Barclays bank building is seen at Canary Wharf in London, Britain May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Barclays Plc (BARC.L) is exploring the sale of a stake in the unit that processes payments for UK merchants as the British bank seeks a partner to help grow the business, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The bank is considering bringing in a partner with the strategic “know-how” to expand the business, as well as raising capital, but has yet to decide how big a stake it might sell, said the people.

The business could be valued at at least 2 billion pounds ($2.5 billion), based on estimated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of about 300 million pounds and similar deals, one of the people said.The early-stage discussions are part of a review into its global payment activities spanning merchant acquiring and credit card services, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Barclays distributed a presentation on its domestic merchant acquiring unit to potential bidders – mainly specialist payments providers – over the summer, two of the people said, but plans may still be altered or dropped entirely.

A spokesperson for Barclays said: “We don’t comment on speculation. Our businesses continue to perform well and growing our global payments business is a priority for us.”

Reuters reported earlier this year that Barclays, led by Chief Executive CS Venkatakrishnan, had launched a review of its global payments footprint as it debates how to best allocate capital among its divisions and boost its share price.

The group drafted in consultants to prepare separate financials for its domestic merchant acquiring operation in an initiative known internally as Project Hyperion, one of the people said.

It mirrors moves by

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