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Snapdeal shareholders to get Flipkart proposal this week: Sources

Snapdeal's largest investor is Japanese conglomerate SoftBank

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A private security gurad stands at a gate of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. File Photo: Reuters

is likely to send Flipkart's $900-950 million buyout proposal to its shareholders this week to seek their views on the plan, according to sources.

The Board wants to get the shareholders' opinion on the proposed deal, two people aware of the developments said.

The company will share details of the buyout offer with all shareholders, which includes the likes of industrialist and

They did not want to be identified as discussions are still on and the deal has not been finalised yet.

When contacted, a spokesperson said: "No formal communication has been shared with shareholders and no board vote has happened on a proposed deal".

He, however, did not comment on the timeline for sending out the proposal to shareholders.

An official at Ratan Tata's office also confirmed that they have not received any communication yet on the proposal.

He did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak on the matter.

The statement assumes significance as some reports had said that has already approved the deal.

Snapdeal's largest investor — Japanese conglomerate — has been proactively mediating the sale for the past few months.

has a number of investors, including Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, PremjiInvest, Ratan Tata, Foxconn, Temasek and BlackRock.

Interestingly, -- the personal investment arm of Wipro Chairman Azim Premji -- has already written to seeking greater clarity on the deal terms.

It has also called for equal treatment of shareholders for payouts from the deal.

Reportedly, early investors Nexus Venture Partners (NVP) and Kalaari -- who also have Board representation -- could receive payouts worth over $150 million once the deal with is closed.

The Board is also expected to meet later this week.

The deal between and Flipkart, if completed, would mark the biggest acquisition in the Indian e-commerce space.

One of the leading contenders in the Indian e-commerce market, has seen its fortunes failing amid strong competition from Amazon and
Compared to a valuation of about $6.5 billion in February 2016, the sale to could see being valued at about $1 billion.

First Published: Sun, July 30 2017. 14:39 IST