Flipkart is reportedly in talks with a clutch of new investors to raise at least $1 billion ahead of its planned Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the US around the fourth quarter of this year.
According to a report by a leading media organization, the homegrown e-commerce firm may raise up to $2 billion depending on investor appetite. This amount will largely be used to fund expansion, catalyze its sum-of-parts valuation as well as compete with deep-pocketed rivals Amazon and Reliance Jio Retail.
This funding round may see a new pool of investors participating which may include sovereign wealth funds, technology-focussed financial groups, pension funds, long-term passive funds, and private equity funds including CPPIB, CDPQ, and Carlyle.
The business daily citing the above-mentioned people said that though the funding round is predominantly being targeted towards new investors, existing ones like GIC of Singapore, Qatar Investment Authority too may participate. These talks are at an early stage and may or may not fructify, the people pointed out.
JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are advisors in the fundraise.
In this funding round, the Walmart-owned company is likely to be valued at $28-30 billion, higher than it's previous one but lower than the $35-40 billion reported earlier, once Flipkart goes public.