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Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

Amazon to buy 49% in Future Retail promoter entity, stock dives 5.6%

New Delhi, 24 August, 2019: Future Retail shares plunged more than 5 per cent after the company announced the sale of 49 per cent stake in promoter entity Future Coupons to e-commerce giant Amazon.

The stock dropped by 5.67 per cent to Rs 390 on BSE in late morning session. 

On the NSE, the stock tumbled 5.61 per cent 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.

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 per cent stake.

Kishore Biyani on behalf of the existing shareholders 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 per cent 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.

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