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Future Lifestyle Fashion receives Rs 1,750 crore investments from Blackstone

Future Lifestyle Fashion, the flagship fashion business of Kishore Biyani-owned Future Group has received Rs 1,750 crore investments from Blackstone, the world’s biggest private equity firm. Blackstone is investing in Ryka Commercial Ventures, the holding company of the lifestyle retailer through debentures which will be used to retire or pre-close all existing financial obligations.

Blackstone is infusing the capital through a combination of equity and structured debt that will fund the capital expansion of Biyani’s deep-discount retail format Brand Factory, which is modelled on US retailer TJ Maxx, besides improving his promoter-level leverage.

In July this year, Blackstone had acquired about 6 per cent stake in FLF for about Rs 545 crore in a secondary market transaction. Biyani and family own 53.43 per cent of FLF through entities such as Ryka Commercial Ventures, Central Departmental Stores and Future Enterprises among others. Other investors in FLF include L Catterton and PremjiInvest, which together own around 17 per cent, L&T Mutual Fund that owns 4 per cent, and LIC with 6.5 percent stake.

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