Flipkart-Snapdeal deal hits snag as investor Azim Premji objects to payouts for founders


Premji has no objection to a $30-mn special payment for Snapdeal employees, reports Tech in Asia


Latest news : The family office of billionaire Azim Premji, one of the early investors in Snapdeal, has written to its board objecting to special payouts for the founders and two larger investors, Kalaari Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, as part of the buy-out deal with Flipkart. This puts a spanner in the works for India’s biggest e-commerce merger, reports Bloomberg citing anonymous sources familiar with the discussions.


Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Binny Bansal along with Kalaari and Nexus had negotiated hard on compensation because Snapdeal’s proposed sale at a valuation of $1 billion is a fraction of its peak valuation of $6.5 billion. Kalaari and Nexus are set to receive $60 million in addition to equity in Flipkart, while the founders get a combined handout of $30 million, under the terms of the deal.


PremjiInvest is objecting to differential payments, as other investors are receiving no special compensation. It has no objection to another special payment – $30 million for Snapdeal employees.


Why it matters

The acquisition was a bailout for Snapdeal’s stakeholders and employees as the e-commerce company lost market share to Amazon and struggled to raise funding last year. If it doesn’t go through, it puts all of them in limbo as cash runs out.

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