Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Sachin Bansal quits Flipkart as he becomes excess to Walmart's plans

Flipkart Chart1 eBay cuts ties with Flipkart; plans big come back with import inventory
June Sullivan | 11 May, 2018, 00:59

It also expects Indian investments to shave 60 cents per share from earnings in fiscal 2020.

The acquisition opens a new front in its battle with Amazon, which had expressed interest in making a competing offer.

With Flipkart and Amazon flush with cash to bolster their commercial arsenals, India's online market has now firmly become a strict duopoly, experts say, raising questions about the future of the third player in the market - Snapdeal.

The investment will help accelerate Flipkart's mission to transform commerce in India through technology and underscores Walmart's commitment to sustained job creation and investment in India.

In 2017-18, Flipkart recorded gross merchandise value of $7.5 billion and net sales of $4.6 billion - a 50 per cent year-on-year growth.

Walmart, in collaboration with Flipkart will support small businesses and "Make In India" through direct procurement as well as increased opportunities for exports through global sourcing and e-commerce. The deal, will give Walmart the access to Asia's third largest economy, where it could not set up brick-and-mortar stores.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas corporate head and partner Raghubir Menon led for Walmart. Tencent and Tiger Global will continue on the Flipkart board, joined by new members from Walmart.

Retailers Association of India (RAI) said that e-retail companies have been violating FDI policy for marketplaces in India, according to media reports. "Hence, there is a big business opportunity available at least for the top four wealth management firms in India", Yatin Shah, founder and executive director at IIFL Investment Managers said. For PM Modi, appeasing small traders and farmers, who are part of the BJP's core constituency, is as important as upholding India's image as a place that welcomes foreign investment. That includes its decision last month to sell its British unit, Asda, which primarily operated a chain of traditional supermarkets.

Worldwide business contributed less than a quarter to the retailer's total revenue of $500 billion (roughly Rs. 33.6 lakh crores) in fiscal 2018. Walmart India will work on expanding its Best Price Cash and Carry business in India which already amounts to 21 stores along with a fulfilment centre across 19 cities. The firm's position in the company is now worth about $1.1 billion after investing around $160 million over several funds into the company. "With Amazon closing the gap in categories other than fashion, they need Walmart to remain competitive in the long term". This could lower its stake although Walmart plans to retain majority control. The deal between Walmart and Flipkart would be applicable for withholding tax and capital gains tax. "He urged Flipkart team to continue with the momentum, Sachin said, ".But I'll be watching and cheering from the outside?

Other investors, like Naspers and eBay, said they sold their holdings in Flipkart. Walmart's long-term corporate credit rating was affirmed at "AA", S&P said. The move will see a boost in funds for the Indian e-tailer which will work under Walmart to accelerate the United States retailers Indian business.

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