Reliance Jio to acquire wireless infra assets from Reliance Communications
Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of specified assets of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and its affiliates.
Consequent to the agreement, Reliance Jio Infocomm or its nominees will acquire assets under four categories – Towers, Optic Fiber Cable Network, Spectrum and Media Convergence Nodes from RCOM and its affiliates. These assets are strategic in nature and are expected to contribute significantly to the large scale roll-out of wireless and Fiber to Home and Enterprise services by Reliance Jio Infocomm.
An asset monetisation process for RCOM assets was mandated by the lenders of RCOM, who appointed SBI Capital Markets Ltd to run the process. The process is supervised by an independent group of industry experts. Reliance Jio Infocomm emerged as the successful bidder in the two-stage bidding process.
The acquisition is subject to receipt of requisite approvals from Governmental and regulatory authorities, consents from all lenders, release of all encumbrances on the said assets and other conditions precedent. The consideration is payable at completion and is subject to adjustments as specified in the agreement.
The parties are bound by confidentiality obligations and will make further disclosures at the appropriate time.
Reliance Jio Infocomm is being advised by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Global Markets, JM Financial, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co and Ernst & Young on this transaction.