Paytm E-Commerce gets $200m injection from Alibaba and SAIF

Paytm E-Commerce
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MUMBAI (Reuters) – Paytm E-Commerce has raised $200 million from China’s Alibaba Group and venture capital fund SAIF Partners to expand its online retail business in a market dominated by homegrown Flipkart and US tech giant Amazon. Singapore E-Commerce picked up a 36.31% stake in Paytm E-Commerce for investing $177 million, according to a regulatory filing by the Indian company that runs an online marketplace.

Alibaba and its associates are also the largest shareholders in One97 Communications, which has a stake in Paytm E-Commerce.

SAIF Partners’ $23 million investment will give it a 4.66% stake in Paytm E-Commerce, the filing showed.

Alibaba Group is looking to invest outside China as growth slows at home.

In its biggest overseas deal, Alibaba in April agreed to buy a controlling stake in Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group for about $1 billion.

Paytm Payments Bank, another company of the group, houses its electronic payment wallets and planned payments bank business.

Paytm has said its e-wallet service has more than 200 million clients in India.

(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

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