Amazon.com Inc is likely to buy an at least 7 per cent to 8 per cent stake in India’s Future Retail Ltd through an investment arm, CNBC-TV 18 reported, citing sources.
The potential cash-and-stock deal, which is in its final stages, could be worth 25 billion rupees ($338 million) and is likely to be signed in the next two weeks, the channel here said.
Earlier this year, media reports said Amazon was in talks to buy a 10 pe rcent stake in Future Retail, competing with tech giant Google and Alibaba-backed Paytm. Future Retail had denied the reports.
The potential deal will be next in a series of acquisitions by Amazon.com Inc in one of the fastest-growing markets in the face of competition from Walmart Inc’s Flipkart.
In September, Amazon, along with private equity firm Samara Capital, bought Aditya Birla Group-owned ‘More’ retail chain for an enterprise value of 42 billion rupees ($568.03 million).
Amazon India and Future Retail did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment....