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SoftBank, Ant Group Likely to Sell Paytm Stakes via Block Deal: Report

China’s Ant and Japan’s SoftBank are more likely to offload their stakes in Indian digital funds agency Paytm within the open market, after talks with Bharti Airtel founder failed, the Financial Occasions reported.

Shareholders and funding banks representing Ant and Softbank had earlier approached Bharti Airtel founder-chairman Sunil Mittal with a suggestion to promote their stakes in One 97 Communications, which owns Paytm, in accordance with the report on Monday, citing individuals aware of the matter.

Ant is the most important shareholder within the agency, with about 25 p.c stake and SoftBank owns round 13 p.c, the report added.

Paytm has been beneath strain to show worthwhile ever since its dismal itemizing in late 2021, and its shares have tumbled beneath its preliminary public providing costs, as world backers offered shares within the firm.

China’s Alibaba Group earlier this month exited Paytm by promoting its remaining stake in Paytm for about Rs. 1,378 crore. SoftBank had additionally beforehand offered a 4.5 p.c stake in Paytm by block offers for about $200 million (roughly Rs. 16,580 crore).

Alibaba’s exit got here days after Paytm posted its first-ever quarterly working revenue as a listed agency, 9 months forward of its personal goal.

Alibaba.com Singapore E-Commerce offered 21.4 million shares of Paytm at Rs. 642.74 apiece, a 9 p.c low cost to Thursday’s shut, NSE inventory trade information confirmed. Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) Pte purchased 5.42 million shares of Paytm at Rs. 640, the information confirmed.

The talks with Mittal did not make a lot headway and Bharti is just not at the moment engaged in conversations on this challenge, the ET report added.

SoftBank, Ant Group, Paytm, and Bharti Airtel didn’t instantly reply to Reuters’ request for feedback.

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