Snapdeal Board Said to Approve Flipkart's $900-950 Million Buyout Offer

Snapdeal Board Said to Approve Flipkart's $900-950 Million Buyout Offer
  • Snapdeal has reportedly accepted Flipkart's offer of $900-950 million
  • Snapdeal shareholders will now have to approve the deal
  • Snapdeal had earlier rejected Flipkart's bid of $800-850 million

Online marketplace Snapdeal has accepted Flipkart's revised takeover offer of up to $950 million (roughly Rs. 6,113 crores), two sources said on Wednesday, providing heft to its bigger rival in a high-stakes battle with Inc.

The board of Jasper Infotech, which runs Snapdeal, approved Flipkart's bid of $900 million-$950 million (roughly Rs. 5,791 crores - Rs. 6,113 crores) last week, the sources who were familiar with the matter said. A deal is now pending the approval of Snapdeal shareholders, they said.

Snapdeal declined to comment, while Flipkart was not immediately available for comment.

India's fledgling e-commerce sector is in the midst of a fierce war for supremacy between US online retail giant Amazon and leading homegrown player Flipkart at a time more and more Indians shop on the web, helped by a spurt in availability of cheap phones and data plans.

Japan's solar-to-tech conglomerate SoftBank, Snapdeal's biggest investor, is keen to consummate the deal and take an equity stake in Flipkart to profit from India's booming online retail market.

A 2016 report from accounting firm EY noted that e-commerce has grown at a compound annual growth rate of over 50 percent in the last five years in India and the pace of growth is expected to continue, with e-commerce sales topping $35 billion (roughly Rs. 2,25,394 crores) by 2020.

Bengaluru-headquarterd Flipkart had revised its initial offer for Snapdeal to up to $950 million, Reuters reported last week.

The board also considered a $700 million (roughly Rs. 4,508 crores) share-swap offer by listed e-commerce firm Infibeam but rejected it as too low, one of the sources said.

Infibeam declined to comment.

Separately, Indian private-sector lender Axis Bank is the frontrunner to acquire Snapdeal's digital payments unit FreeCharge for $60 million (roughly Rs. 386 crores), the sources said.

Axis Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

All sources spoke on condition of anonymity as the discussions are not public.


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