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Reliance Capital Mar, 20 2017

​RCap expects 'huge capital gains' from two leading vineyards of India

The industry estimates suggest the capital gains could be huge given the market share commanded by these firms and in view of the interest of global investors in the Indian wine market.

By Franchise India Bureau
​RCap expects 'huge capital gains' from two leading vineyards of India

Reliance Capital, the financial services arm of Ambani-led business conglomerate is eyeing "huge capital gains" from sale of non-core investments, including two leading vineyards of the country.

Recently, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital made a killing with a 27-fold return from sale of Paytm stake.

Sula Vineyards and Grover Vineyards together command nearly 70 per cent of the India's wines market. They are witnessing huge interest from global investors as well.

RCap had acquired shares in the two vineyards for about Rs 171 crore and has held these investments for about three years now. As part of its strategy of selling a substantial portion of these non-core assets by March 2018, Reliance Capital recently offloaded a small stake in digital payments major Paytm for about Rs 275 crore, earning a huge 27-time return on an investment of just about Rs 10 crore.

According to Sources, RCap is now looking forward to sell several other non-core investments including Sula and Grover Vineyards. The industry estimates suggest the capital gains could be huge given the market share commanded by these firms and in view of the interest of global investors in the Indian wine market.

At an analyst meet hosted by Reliance Capital last week, its chairman Anil Ambani, said, “All non-core investments to be monetised by March next year would lead to large capital gains.”

According to the analysts present at the meet, a presentation made there listed all "valuable private equity investments" including Paytm (already monetised), Paytm e-commerce, Yatra Online, Sula Vineyard, Grover Vineyard and Mahindra First Choice.

Ambani said, “The two names, Sula and Grover Vineyards, stand out in the list. It is very very strange, I being a teetotaler, we are still invested in those businesses. They command 70 per cent market share in the wine market in India and there are tremendous growth opportunities.”

He added, "But that does not mean we should keep those businesses. We will consolidate those businesses and we will move forward. There is a lot of global investor interest in this business and those are great value creation opportunities in front of us.”

Reliance Capital said that it is solely focused on financial services businesses. It has a strong financial platform with a net worth of Rs 16,000 crore and enjoys a comfortable asset-liability position. The group is also betting big on its commodity exchange platform.

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