Snapdeal is in advanced investment discussions with Alibaba and Foxconn
India’s Snapdeal continues to attract strong interest from other companies involved in the mobile commerce space. This week, Snapdeal announced the acquisition of a mobile app developer, which is expected to further solidify the company’s mobile commerce dominance. Now, China’s Alibaba and Taiwanese handset manufacturer Foxconn have entered into advanced discussions regarding purchasing a 10% stake in Snapdeal. This is not the first time that Alibaba has shown investment interest in Snapdeal.
Alibaba has shown an intense interest in India’s mobile commerce space
As one of China’s largest e-commerce entities, Alibaba has been very aware of the growing prevalence of mobile commerce. In China, smartphone penetration has been growing quickly, and many people are becoming more interested in the concepts surrounding mobile shopping. Snapdeal has become the largest player in India’s mobile commerce market, which has made the company a very attractive topic for Alibaba and others. Alibaba has already invested in India’s mobile commerce space, purchasing a 25% stake in Paytm earlier this year.
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India has become one of the most attractive and fastest growing mobile markets in the world
Mobile commerce is growing very quickly in India, making the country one of the most attractive mobile markets in the world. Investments from foreign companies are adding fuel to the growth in this sector and companies like Snapdeal could have a lot to gain from such investment interest. Investment discussions do not always work out, however, and initial negotiations between Snapdeal and Alibaba failed due to differences in valuation of Snapdeal’s stock. Alibaba has, however, returned to discussions with some enthusiasm.
Investments will help Snapdeal thrive and provide better services in the mobile commerce space
Snapdeal has raised approximately $1 billion in funding through investments, with Japan’s Softbank being a primary investor in the company. This funding has been instrumental in Snapdeal’s plans to become a mobile commerce powerhouse. The more funding that the company can raise, the better services it will be able to provide to consumers and businesses alike.