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In this week's edition, We cover Sun Group buying Forbes, Tata buying Bisleri, and Adani planning to raise billions and more!

~ Prakhar Singh, Vishal Singh and Sanjana Ratlak

1. Sun Groups to buy Forbes 🤝

Why it matters: Forbes Media is known for its magazine and lists that rank everything from billionaires to colleges. Once a family-owned media empire was sold to a Hong Kong investment firm (Integrated Whale Media) for $475 Million. Now is one step closer to cashing out, as it has been attempting for years.

  • The company has been undergoing a digital transformation amid declining print revenue. Its website reaches more than 140 million people with its 49 global editions.

What happened: Following a chaotic path that resulted in a failed SPAC earlier this year, Forbes had been seeking at least $800 million in a sale, The New York Times reported earlier, citing two people familiar with the matter.

  • This $800 million would be significantly higher than the $630 million valuation Forbes would have gotten in the SPAC merger with Magnum Opus Acquisition Ltd, the blank check company.

About the deal: Forbes bidding consortium includes SUN Group, a family-owned Indian media giant, and GSV Ventures, a U.S.-based investment firm, according to Reuters.

  • Sun Group is a publically listed company in India that owns 48 radio stations, 2 newspapers, 5 magazines, and a cricket team worth $4.4 Billion.

  • GSV Venture primarily invests in Ed-Tech companies, Some of which include Photomath, Coursera, and Masterclass.


2. Tata buys Bisleri 💧

What happened: Bisleri now has a new home at the Tata Group. According to ET, Tata Beverages has purchased the brand Bisleri from Ramesh Chauhan for ₹6,000 crore-₹7,000 crore.

  • Bisleri has a 32% share of the organized packaged water market.

  • Tata has a strong balance sheet to absorb the acquisition cost of ₹7,000 cr (equivalent to 9X its FY22 net profit).

Flashback: Founder Ramesh Chauhan is aiming to disinvest Bisleri International to Tata three decades after selling soft drink brands Thums Up, Gold Spot and Limca to Coca-Cola.

  • Other interested parties such as Reliance Retail, Nestle, and Danone. The report stated that talks between Tata and Chauhan have been going on for the past two years.

By numbers: Bisleri has 122 operational plants and is sold through a network of 4,500 distributors and a fleet of 5,000 trucks across India and neighboring countries.

In short: Bisleri would be one of its largest acquisitions in recent years and has the potential to be a game changer for the company’s beverages segment.

3. Adani plans to raise $10 Billion 💸

What happened: Adani is in talks with GIC and Temasek, among others, to raise $10 billion via stake sale either in group firms or associated entities.

  • Adani Enterprises stock has skyrocketed 26x over the last five years. The sale would help cut its mountain of debt.

D-word: The research firm, CreditSights, had red-flagged the Adani Group’s “elevated” leverage in September. The conglomerate had pushed back against the report, calling their companies’ leverage ratios “healthy.”

  • The group has made acquisitions worth $13.8 billion so far this year, as per Dealogic data, its highest ever in a year.

  • Six of the group's firms have a combined net debt of $20 Billion.

In short: Gautam Adani weighs raising $10 billion in equity as banks urge deleveraging, Adani’s potential move mirrors Ambani who raised more than $27 billion in 2020 from global investors.


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That's all folks for the week see you next week!


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