Meanwhile, the Economic Times reported on 10 May that the Future Group is looking to sell at least 10% stake to a global retailer. With this deal, the U.S. retailer has finally got a way into India's retail market after playing at the fringes for over a decade. "Make in India is something exciting to us", he said.
Last year, in exchange for an equity stake, eBay which is one of the biggest global online market players, invested 500 million United States dollars and sold eBay.in to Flipkart. In its latest fiscal year, it recorded US$7.5-billion in gross merchandise volume, which represented growth of more than 50 per cent over the previous year.
Amazon.com, Inc. shares rose $2.92 (+0.18%) in premarket trading Friday.
F Flipkart was founded in 2007 by the former Amazon executive Sachin Bansal along with its IITian batch mate Binny Bansal. "The corporate image of Flipkart will see a rise in customer expectation and given Walmart's history and record customer requirements shall be taken care of".
The company's stock was down more than 4 per cent in early trading on Wednesday.
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Opposing the deal, the Confederation of All India Traders on Monday wrote to Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu demanding a government scrutiny of the merger, claiming that the deal will encourage more loss-funding and predatory pricing by ecommerce majors. Admittedly, even long-term investors may have to be very long-term in their view before this business breaks even, but perhaps less so, before value is realised directly in the Walmart stock. "Most of these small entrepreneurs are already battling for their existence; entry of Walmart will further create problems for them", the co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said in a letter to the prime minister. As unplanned, the announcement was, the deal has put SoftBank in a tight spot.
The report further said, "SoftBank believes in the upside potential of Flipkart under Walmart leadership, which could eventually offer an exit to the remaining shareholders by taking the company public in the United States".
To fund its biggest deal ever, Walmart will raise $5 billion and expects a negative impact due to an increase in interest expenses on its FY19 EPS to the tune of $0.25 to $0.30. The retailer's e-commerce growth had been turbocharged since it added Jet founder Marc Lore's brain power to its ranks.
Walmart's far-flung worldwide units don't get much attention, but they're important as a source of cash, management talent and ideas that percolate into its core US operations. Investors cashing out of Flipkart are expected to collectively fetch about $14 billion when the deal completes, answering long-held doubts on if investments in Indian startups would yield results. However, by no stretch of the imagination does this mean Amazon's business in India is doomed, with Bezos and co investing a further USD$5bn (£4.2bn) into their business in the country at the end of previous year.