- 20 May 2021
It seems that companies are on investment spree in Jio Platforms. Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, a software and technology investor with more than 57 billion in capital commitments, will invest ₹ 11,367 crore into Jio Platforms. The investment is 3rd major investment in Jio Platforms within a span of 3 weeks. Earlier Facebook had invested ₹43574 cr and Silver Lake invested ₹5655.75 cr in Jio Platforms.
Official Media release from Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) stated that “Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”) will invest ₹ 11,367 crore into Jio Platforms. This investment values Jio Platforms at an equity value of ₹ 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of ₹ 5.16 lakh crore. Vista’s investment will translate into a 2.32% equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis, making Vista the largest investor in Jio Platforms behind Reliance Industries and Facebook. Jio Platforms has now raised ₹ 60,596.37 crore from leading technology investors in less than three weeks”.
The report mentioned that, Vista is a leading global investment firm focused on empowering and growing enterprise software companies. Vista has more than $57 billion in capital commitments and 20 years of exclusive investments in Enterprise software. Vista believes the transformative power of technology is the key to an even better future — a healthier planet, a smarter economy, a diverse and inclusive community, and a broader path to prosperity.
Mr. Mukesh Ambani, CMD, RIL, said, “I am delighted to welcome Vista, one of the world’s marquee tech investors globally as a valued partner. Like our other partners, Vista also shares with us the same vision of continuing to grow and transform the Indian digital ecosystem for the benefit of all Indians. They believe in the transformative power of technology to be the key to an even better future for everyone. In Robert and Brian, whose family hails from Gujarat, I found two outstanding global technology leaders who believe in India and the transformative potential of a Digital Indian Society. We are excited to leverage the professional expertise and multi-level support that Vista has been offering to its investments globally for the benefit of Jio.”
Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista, said, “We believe in the potential of the Digital Society that Jio is building for India. Mukesh’s vision as a global pioneer, alongside Jio’s world-class leadership team, had built a platform to scale and advance the data revolution it started. We are thrilled to join Jio Platforms to deliver exponential growth in connectivity across India, providing modern consumer, small business and enterprise software to fuel the future of one of the world’s fastest growing digital economies.”
The media release stated that the transaction was subject to regulatory and other customary approvals. Morgan Stanley was financial advisor to Reliance Industries and AZB & Partners and Davis Polk & Wardwell acted as legal counsels. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co served as legal counsels to Vista.