As retail giant Walmart acquired India’s Flipkart today (9 May) for $16 billion in the world’s largest e-commerce acquisition, the Arkansas-based firm saw its market capitalisation drop by a massive $10 billion. Walmart’s shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) fell by around 5 per cent, leaving its market cap at $252 billion while its rival Amazon saw gains, leaving it with a market cap of $776 billion.
The acquisition, the largest ever for the American firm and also the largest of its kind in India will now see competition heat up between the two giants in a marketplace that has a potential of 1.3 billion users.
Walmart and Flipkart began discussions way back in 2016 for acquiring a minority state in the Indian player. The deal – finalised today after Flipkart’s majority investor Softbank of Japan agreed to sell its stake –will now see Sachin Bansal completely exit the firm he co-founded in 2007.
India is one of the most attractive retail markets in the world, given its size and growth rate, and our investment is an opportunity to partner with the company that is leading transformation of eCommerce in the market.Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon
After being upstaged in major markets including the United States by Amazon, Walmart began to strengthen its e-commerce side through acquisitions over the last few years. While Walmart had been a big player in the Indian wholesale scene, it will now have access to the retail scene through this acquisition.
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