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Business News/ Companies / People/  Infosys' NR Narayan Murthy and Sudha Murthy earn 915 crore from Cloudtail-Amazon deal
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Infosys' NR Narayan Murthy and Sudha Murthy earn ₹915 crore from Cloudtail-Amazon deal

The Murthy couple's initial investment in Cloudtail amounted to ₹417 crore ($50 million), rendering this transaction immensely profitable for them.

Infosys founder Narayana Murthy and wife Sudha MurtyPremium
Infosys founder Narayana Murthy and wife Sudha Murty

Infosys' NR Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murthy, through their investment firm Catamaran, have profited substantially from the decision to divest shares in Cloudtail, a leading e-commerce seller, as per a report by ET Now News.

According to regulatory filings, Catamaran recently sold a significant 76 percent stake in Cloudtail for an impressive 1,332 crore ($160 million). The Murthy couple's initial investment in Cloudtail amounted to 417 crore ($50 million), rendering this transaction immensely profitable for them.

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The sale of Cloudtail shares has resulted in a substantial profit of around 915 crore ($110 million) for Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty, signifying an impressive threefold return on their investment made over eight years ago. 

This success can largely be attributed to the outstanding growth and achievements of Catamaran over the past decade. Ownership of Cloudtail by the Murthy family was facilitated through the Hober Mallow Trust, with Sudha Murty holding an 80 percent stake in the firm, while Narayana Murthy held the remaining shares.

Established in 2014, Cloudtail is a collaboration between Catamaran and Amazon, aimed to facilitate and onboard merchants onto Amazon's e-commerce platform. Initially, it swiftly grew to become Amazon's largest merchant, driving over 50 percent of the platform's total sales. 

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However, shifts in e-commerce regulations led Amazon to reduce its stake in Cloudtail, retaining only 24 percent and selling the rest to Catamaran. Consequently, Cloudtail announced its closure as a merchant in 2022 due to a substantial decline in sales and profits. 

Despite reaching a sales peak of 19,000 crore in March 2022, sales dwindled to 3,100 crore by March 2023, signifying a significant profitability decline. Catamaran, having sold its shares, is also entitled to an exit bonus equal to approximately 20 percent of Cloudtail's FY2022 revenues, per the original partnership agreement with Amazon. 

This divestment highlights Catamaran's successful investment strategy and the prescience of Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty in identifying lucrative investment prospects. The Murthy family's profitable exit from Cloudtail further cements their reputation as savvy investors in India's ever-evolving business realm.

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Published: 21 Feb 2024, 07:44 PM IST
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