Debt-ridden Vishal Retail has completed its long time selling process of retail and wholesale businesses to the Shriram Group and private equity company TPG, respectively for the amount of Rs 70 crores.
Vishal sold its wholesale trading, institutional sales, and franchise operations to TPG Wholesale, the Indian arm of US-based TPG. Airplaza Retail Holdings, a company owned by the Chennai-based Shriram Group, will manage the retail stores.
Both transactions were done on a slump sale basis, where business is sold on a lump sum basis without assigning values to assets and liabilities. According to a joint statement by TPG and Shriram group, TPG Wholesale will operate the back-end sourcing, merchandising, logistics and franchise operations, while Airplaza Retail will operate the retail shops alongside other franchisee partners, currently operating Vishal-branded stores.
The Vishal Megamart-branded retail operations have around 150 stores. These stores will be operated by Airplaza and 20 franchise partners. TPG said it will invest Rs 200 crore in its Indian arm to turn it around and for future growth. Analysts predict that the deal may give an impetus to Vishal’s future growth.
Analysts predict that the deal may give an impetus to Vishal’s future growth.