eBay Cuts Stake in Snapdeal to Focus on Own Business in India

eBay Cuts Stake in Snapdeal to Focus on Own Business in India
E-commerce company eBay Inc has sold a portion of its stake in Indian online marketplace Snapdeal and will focus on boosting its own business in the country, it said on Tuesday.

Separately, FIH Mobile, a unit of Taiwan's Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, said it was acquiring a 4.27 percent stake in Snapdeal for $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,308 crores) via its Singapore-based subsidiary Wonderful Stars Pte.

Sources told Reuters this month that Snapdeal was set to raise $500 million (about Rs 3,269 crores) from China's Alibaba Group Holding, Japan's SoftBank Group Corp and Foxconn, valuing Snapdeal at more than $5 billion (roughly Rs. 32,713 crores).

The Snapdeal stake sold by eBay was purchased by the Foxconn unit and other investors, a person familiar with the deal told Reuters on Tuesday.

The U.S. company said it would retain "a significant portion" of its original investment in Snapdeal. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The partial stake sale will help eBay to earn a strong return on its invested capital, the company said, citing a rise in the valuation of the Indian business over the past two years.

It said the cash would be redeployed in other areas of eBay's business, adding that it will focus on boosting its presence in India, which it considers an important market in its fast-growing Asia Pacific region.

© Thomson Reuters 2015


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