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Premji Invest demands Snapdeal for sale clarity

Azim Premji’s personal investment arm wishes to have knowledge of how rights of marginal shareholders will be safe guarded on the occasion of the sale being confirmed. Known as PremjiInvest, the company owns a negligible stake in Snapdeal and is again looking for greater clearness on the claws at which the concerned company is being traded to industry giant Flipkart, as per 3 sources having deep knowledge of the issue.

This is the 2nd question, in as many months, from the financial company inquiring how the rights of marginal shareholders will be safe guarded on the occasion of the sale being confirmed, the sources claimed, signaling additional delay in the procedure, which is being piloted by SoftBank, the Japanese Internet and telecom major.

PremjiInvest demands Snapdeal for sale clarity

PremjiInvest is also making an agreement among other sponsors, who also grips minute stakes in Snapdeal, counting sovereign wealth funding company of Singapore, Temasek and BlackRock, the asset manager company, to possibly face special payouts to particular shareholders, claimed one of the 3 sources mentioned above.

Such payouts are anticipated to be delivered to primary investors such as Kalaari Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, apart from company founders Rohit Bansal and Kunal Bahl, he further added. In May 2017, the Kalaari Capital’s Managing Director, Vani Kola, resigned from the panel of Snapdeal. Bahl, Bansal, and Suvir Sujan of Nexus Venture still have seats on the panel of the firm. “The marginal shareholders in Snapdeal are veterans,” said the sources.

In the letter directed to the Jasper Infotech panel, PremjiInvest has highlighted its distresses regarding the transaction, which targets to end the sale of Snapdeal to its headquartered based in Bengaluru for almost $700 Million to $1 Billion.

The agreement is presently in the due-diligence stage. Though SoftBank was previously anticipating the transaction to end by June 2017, it is expected to get overdue minimum by one more month.

Altogether, the special payments are anticipated to be worth of almost $150 Million and are expected to be accepted by the rest of the stockholders. That decision will be taken as soon as Flipkart makes its last offer for Snapdeal the sources stated.

The expected postponement might impact SoftBank’s miseries, which is the biggest sponsor in Snapdeal with a 33% share after having spent almost $1 Billion in the firm, and has been insisting for a swift closure of the contract that has been in the process since January 2017.


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