The Flipkart and Wal-Mart Alliance
Flipkart is amongst the largest unicorns in the Indian startup ecosystem. Wal-Mart is a known international retailer with revenues upwards of $400 billion. Both of these companies are formidable in their own fields. However, they are set to merge. Wal-Mart has valued Flipkart at $18 billion and is all set to complete the acquisition. This is good news for shareholders of Flipkart. This is because this valuation is significantly above the down rounds that they have received in their past few funding rounds. There were speculations that Flipkart will not sell its fashion arm to Wal-Mart. However, these speculations have been silenced as Wal-Mart has announced that they will acquire Flipkart completely including the fashion wing.
This deal has come as a surprise for many people. However, many critics are of the opinion that the Wal-Mart-Flipkart deal is a match made in heaven. This is why Flipkart rejected the offer of many suitors including Amazon and finally chose Wal-Mart to partner with.
In this article, we will understand why this deal is beneficial to both the parties.
Issues with the Acquisition
There are two major issues with the acquisition:
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