With the new investment, Flipkart group is now valued at US$ 24.9 billion. The US$ 1.2 billion will be funded in two tranches over the remainder of the fiscal year.
“We’re grateful for the strong backing of our shareholders as we continue to build our platform and serve the growing needs of Indian consumers during these challenging times,” Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart said in a statement.
Founded in 2007, the Flipkart Group includes Flipkart, digital payments platform PhonePe, fashion specialty site Myntra and eKart.
In 2018, Walmart invested US$ 16 billion for a majority stake in the group.
“Since Walmart’s initial investment in Flipkart, we have greatly expanded our offer through technology, partnerships and new services. We will continue innovating to bring the next 200 million Indian shoppers online,” Krishnamurthy said in a statement.
With a registered customer base of over 200 million, Flipkart recently surpassed 1.5 billion visits per month and reported 45 percent growth in monthly active customers and 30 percent growth in transactions per customer for FY20.
Flipkart offers 150 million products across more than 80 categories, and has pioneered customer-centric services such as cash-on-delivery, no-cost EMI and easy returns.
PhonePe recently reported annualised total payments value (TPV) of US$ 180 billion on more than 500 million monthly transactions.
“Flipkart continues to leverage its culture of innovation to accelerate growth and enable millions of customers, sellers, merchants and small businesses to prosper and be a part of India’s digital transformation,” said Judith McKenna, President and CEO of Walmart International.
Arvind Youth Brands owns the popular Flying Machine denim brand that has been retailing on Flipkart and Myntra for more than six years.
With this investment, the Flipkart Group and Arvind Fashions will work collaboratively to identify opportunities and synergies to innovate and develop products with strong value propositions at attractive price points, the e-commerce platform said in a statement.