Amazon to buy 49% stake in Kishore Biyani-led Future Retail promoter entity, stock dives 5.6%

Future Retail shares plunged more than 5 percent after the company announced the sale of 49 percent stake in promoter entity Future Coupons to e-commerce giant Amazon

FP Staff August 23, 2019 12:48:30 IST
Amazon to buy 49% stake in Kishore Biyani-led Future Retail promoter entity, stock dives 5.6%
  • Shares of Future Retail dropped by 5.67 percent to Rs 390 on BSE in the late morning session

  • Future Retail in a late filing to bourses on Thursday announced that Amazon will make an equity investment in a promoter group firm Future Coupons for a 49 percent stake

  • Future Retail operates a popular retail chain of Big Bazaar

After news reports that Future Retail had entered into a share subscription agreement with Amazon, the company's shares plunged more than 5 percent after the company announced the sale of 49 percent stake in promoter entity Future Coupons to e-commerce giant Amazon. The stock dropped by 5.67 percent to Rs 390 on BSE in the late morning session.

On the NSE, the stock tumbled 5.61 percent to Rs 390.50. The counter witnessed heavy volume as more than 27 lakh shares of the company were traded on NSE. The trading volume spurted more than eight-folds on BSE to around 1.65 lakh.

Amazon to buy 49 stake in Kishore Biyaniled Future Retail promoter entity stock dives 56

File image of Kishore Biyani, Future Retail CEO. PTI

Future Retail in a late filing to bourses on Thursday announced that Amazon will make an equity investment in a promoter group firm Future Coupons for a 49 percent stake.

Kishore Biyani on behalf of the existing shareholders is forming part of the promoter group and Future Coupons Limited (promoters) have entered into a share subscription agreement and a shareholders' agreement with Amazon.Com NV Investment Holdings LLC, the filing said.

"Amazon has agreed to make an equity investment in Future Coupons Limited for acquiring a 49 percent stake comprising both, voting and non-voting shares, " the Kishore-Biyani led Future Retail said in the filing.

As part of the deal, Amazon has been granted a call option, which allows Amazon to acquire all or part of the promoters' shareholding in Future Retail Limited and is exercisable between the third to 10th years, in certain circumstances, it added.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. As of 30 June, the company operated 293 Big Bazaar stores.

Future Retail operates a popular retail chain of Big Bazaar.

--With PTI inputs

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