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RIL amassed more than $27 billion last year from global investors including Facebook Inc. and Google (REUTERS)
RIL amassed more than $27 billion last year from global investors including Facebook Inc. and Google (REUTERS)

RIL to spinoff oil-to-chemicals unit ahead of proposed stake sale to Aramco

Oil-to-chemicals contributed more than 60% in the last financial year to the group’s revenue that’s been lately pivoting toward consumer businesses such as technology and retail.

Reliance Industries Ltd. has started carving out its new oil-to-chemicals operation into an independent unit with a $25 billion loan from the parent, as billionaire Mukesh Ambani steps up efforts to unlock the value of his businesses.

The wholly owned unit’s assets will be funded by the interest-bearing loan, which will be an “efficient mechanism to upstream cash, including any potential capital receipts," in the unit, according to a presentation filed with the stock exchanges.

Oil-to-chemicals contributed more than 60% in the last financial year to the group’s revenue that’s been lately pivoting toward consumer businesses such as technology and retail. Splitting the business will make it easier for Ambani to bring in investors and help expedite a proposed stake sale to Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

Creating the unit “facilitates participation by strategic and financial investors for value discovery and unlocking," Reliance Industries said. It expects the separation to be completed by September. Approvals have been received from the markets regulator and stock exchanges, and the company will seek a nod from shareholders and creditors in the first quarter of the year starting April, it said.

Ambani amassed more than $27 billion last year from global investors including Facebook Inc. and Google through stake sales in his retail and digital ventures, turning Reliance net-debt-free. Ambani has promised to offer 5G services on his wireless network as early as this year and expand into cleaner fuels to ride the global energy transition.

Reliance has floated separate units twice earlier for funding two refineries on India’s west coast. The entities were merged with the parent on the completion of the plants, which can together now process 1.4 million barrels of crude daily, making it the world’s biggest oil refining complex.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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