New Delhi, September 24: The retail asset monetization is picking up pace as private equity firm KKR announced a Rs 55.5 billion ($ 0.75 billion) investment in Reliance Retail. The equity firm announced the investment for a 1.28 percent stake implying a pre-money equity value of $57 billion.  This marks the second investment by KKR in a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, following a Rs 11,367 crore investment in Jio Platforms announced earlier this year. Bada Business 'Retail Ka Mahakumbh' 2020: Dr Vivek Bindra to Share Business Expansion Strategies on September 27; Click Here to Register.

On Wednesday, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL) announced that global investment firm KKR will invest Rs 5,550 crore into RRVL. The RRVL is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries. This investment values Reliance Retail at a pre-money equity value of Rs 4.21 lakh crore. KKR's investment will translate into a 1.28 per cent equity stake in RRVL on a fully diluted basis.

A report by Morgan Stanley stated that the valuation is in line with the last transaction that was announced with Silverlake and compares to its retail base case valuation of $45 billion. The report said. "At these valuations, it would add 6 per cent to Morgan Stanley's base case NAV for RIL. KKR earlier invested $1.51 billion for 2.3 per cent of Reliance Digital platforms. RIL has sold a 3 per cent stake in RIL retail till date for $1.75 billion”.

Reliance Retail Limited, a subsidiary of RRVL, operates India's largest, fastest growing and most profitable retail business serving close to 640 million footfalls across its 12,000 stores nationwide. Adding further, the report said the firm sees capital allocation, execution and de-gearing as key to the next leg of stock outperformance. "With industry consolidation pickingup pace in telecom, retail,and global refining, we expect RIL to emerge stronger post-Covid-19 and margins to surprise as pricing power rises," it added.