Flipkart’s ₹122 billion stake sale might see Accel and Tiger International depart

Tiger International presently owns round 4% of Flipkart, in comparison with Accel’s barely greater than 1% possession. Walmart’s share in Flipkart will rise from its current 72% holding if a deal is finalized.

Two of Flipkart’s early buyers, enterprise capital agency Accel Companions and New York-based funding agency Tiger International, are in talks to promote their residual shares within the e-commerce firm, which quantity to roughly 5% of the whole. They estimated that the American retail behemoth positioned in Bentonville will spend about ₹122 billion on this stake acquisition.

Tiger International presently owns round 4% of Flipkart, in comparison with Accel’s barely greater than 1% possession.

Walmart will broaden its curiosity in Flipkart from its current holding of 72% if a deal is finalized.

Accel & Tiger promote and exit

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“Tiger and Accel want to absolutely promote and depart presently. The negotiations are progressing, and when every thing is prepared, the deal will shut “in line with a type of who had been beforehand talked about.” Resulting from their (early) bets on the corporate and the following money exit, it is a main milestone for each Accel and Tiger International.

Each funding corporations are leaving Flipkart largely as a result of requirement to reimburse their sponsors or restricted companions for funds which are nearing the tip of their maturity cycle.

Following its ₹7500 Crores funding in funds firm PhonePe by means of most important and secondary investments, Walmart has determined to purchase out Flipkart’s authentic backers Accel and Tiger International.


The latest deal is anticipated to offer returns for Accel, which made its preliminary funding in Flipkart in 2009, of about ₹28 billion as soon as it exits the enterprise. Accel had initially put in ₹81 million, and over time had invested a complete of round ₹8 billion within the enterprise launched in 2007 by Sachin and Binny Bansal.

When the enterprise fund offered a portion of its possession in Flipkart on the time of Walmart’s  ₹1 trillion acquisition in 2018, it generated huge returns of round  ₹7500 crores.

Visual depiction of Flipkart's shareholding patter as of 18 March, 2022
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Tiger International

In response to Lee Fixel, a former accomplice within the NY firm who oversaw its investments in Flipkart, Tiger International’s last sale of its inventory to Walmart will lead to a large dividend and full an funding cycle. Later, Fixel would enhance Tiger International’s stakes in India by investing in a number of companies, together with Razorpay, Delhivery, Freshworks, and Ola.

Tiger International had made round  ₹163 billion (on the present change fee) from the sale of a portion of its inventory on the time Walmart acquired Flipkart in 2018. In fact, Tiger International can be contesting a tax demand on its exit with Indian tax authorities.

In 2019, Fixel disbanded the fund to launch his personal, known as Addition. Tiger International’s Scott Shleifer, head of personal investments, and staff like Alex Cook dinner now have accountability for the Indian market.

Along with Fixel, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, the CEO of the Flipkart group, was a earlier govt of Tiger International. Earlier than ultimately assuming his present place, he first joined the e-commerce firm as its chief monetary officer.

Walmart India

Accel and Tiger to exit flipkart
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There’s a liquidity crunch each globally and in India, which is why negotiations to supply Accel and Tiger International an exit are nonetheless ongoing.

This demonstrates Walmart’s ongoing confidence within the Indian market demonstrated by its investments in Flipkart and PhonePe. The funds startup and its former dad or mum firm, Flipkart, just lately parted methods.

Present and former Flipkart staff will every obtain a one-time money dividend of ₹51 billion as a part of the PhonePe transaction. In an inside word, whereas asserting the Telephone Pe cut up, Krishnamurthy confirmed the payout to the employees.

The employees compensation is for the worth of PhonePe of their holding, not for funding in PhonePe’s new unit by the worker group, which holds inventory choices within the e-commerce firm.

Together with secondary share gross sales, Walmart is contributing greater than ₹7500 crores to PhonePe’s persevering with funding spherical, bringing the whole to roughly ₹163 billion.

As part of the persevering with funding spherical, PhonePe has raised ₹28 billion within the first tranche from Basic Atlantic at a pre-money valuation of ₹977 billion.


Flipkart’s valuation can be being revised as a part of the separation, going from ₹3 trillion in 2021 to about ₹2 trillion at this time. For Flipkart, it has constantly held the nation’s market share management throughout each the first vacation buying season and enterprise as normal. 

The Singapore dad or mum firm of Flipkart had invested  ₹7 billion in its India market division. Flipkart had initially thought-about making an IPO in 2023, however the preparations have been placed on maintain in the meanwhile as a result of modifications in international macroeconomic uncertainty.