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RCap eyes huge gains from Sula, Grover vineyards stake sale


New Delhi : After making a killing with a 27-fold return from sale of Paytm stake, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital is eyeing “huge capital gains” from sale of other non-core investments, including two leading vineyards of the country.

The two firms — Sula Vineyards and Grover Vineyards — together command nearly 70 per cent of the India’s wines market, which is witnessing huge interest from global investors as well.

Reliance Capital, the financial services arm of Ambani-led business conglomerate, had acquired shares in the two vineyards for about Rs 171 crore and has held these investments for about three years now, reports PTI.

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. It is also in the process of completing some already-sealed asset sale transactions in the films and media services, exhibition business as also in radio and TV segments with significant capital gains. Sources said Reliance Cap is now looking forward to sell several other non-core investments including Sula and Grover Vineyards, and 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 had 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.

Analysts quoted Ambani as having said that 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,” one analyst quoted him as having said.