Highlights

  • First major fundraise for the Bengaluru-based firm since 2021
  • Walmart had initially acquired a 77% stake in Flipkart for $16 billion in May 2018

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Walmart invests $600 million in Flipkart

The remaining $400 million will be contributed by internal stakeholders and select external investors

Walmart invests $600 million in Flipkart

Flipkart, a leading e-commerce player, announced a substantial investment from its largest shareholder, Walmart, amounting to $600 million as part of a $1 billion fundraising initiative. The remaining $400 million will be contributed by internal stakeholders and select external investors.

The influx of funds aims to fuel Flipkart's expansion efforts, strengthen its supply chain, and enhance its technological capabilities. Notably, this investment isn't positioned as a pre-IPO round, hinting at potential future fundraising activities in the coming year.

Sources within the industry revealed that the ongoing funding round values Flipkart at a premium of approximately 5-10% compared to its previous valuation, which stood around $35 billion.

Walmart's increasing stake in Flipkart surpassed 80% following the acquisition of residual shares from early investors such as Tiger Global Management, Accel, and co-founder Binny Bansal. In specific transactions, Tiger Global and Accel divested their remaining stakes to Walmart, reaping substantial gains totaling billions of dollars. Co-founder Binny Bansal also sold his remaining stake, garnering considerable returns from the sale.

Prior to these transactions, Walmart had initially acquired a 77% stake in Flipkart for $16 billion in May 2018, later adjusting it to 75%. The recent acquisitions from key stakeholders further solidified Walmart's position in the company.

Accel, an early investor in Flipkart, had gradually reduced its stake from over 20% to about 6% before Walmart's majority acquisition in 2018. Post-acquisition, Accel retained a minor stake, which was subsequently sold. Meanwhile, Sachin Bansal, another co-founder, sold his entire stake to Walmart in 2018, while Binny Bansal maintained a small share until July of this year, when he divested it.

The continuous investment and ownership shifts highlight the evolving landscape of Flipkart's ownership structure and the significant role played by key investors in shaping its trajectory.


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