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Alibaba ups its stake and pumps $680m into India's Paytm

By NexChange
Venture Capital

Alibaba has made yet another incursion into Indian e-commerce, chucking $680 million at Indian payments firm Paytm - alongside its financial affiliate Ant Financial - bringing their stake to 40%.

Alibaba and Ant Financial are now the largest shareholders of One97 Communications, the firm behind Paytm, which is now valued at $3.4 billion, the Economic Times reports.

Paytm offers a mobile wallet app, online phone credit recharge, and a shopping service. Its been working on synergies with Alibaba since the Chinese e-commerce giant first invested in February.

The Indian payments firm has seen its services used by a number of big players in India's burgeoning e-commerce space including Uber and Snapdeal, another Alibaba investment.

The firm was also part of a consortium - which also included SoftBank - that pumped $500 million into Snapdeal last month. It looks like Alibaba now has a formidable potion in the sector.

 

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