Mukesh Ambani’s succession plan, Reliance’s investor meet focus on spinoff

Mukesh Ambani’s once-a-year speech to investors has evolved over time into an eagerly awaited announcement on his $222 billion empire, similar to Warren Buffett’s annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

This year, Reliance Industries Ltd investors on Monday will seek insights about the company’s 5G rollout, how it plans to unlock the value of its telecom and retail units through separate listings, and their children. When and how will you handle it? Rein

Anticipation is high as the 65-year-old billionaire, who has built Reliance into India’s biggest company by market value and a powerhouse conglomerate, has used the speech for a series of big announcements. These include the launch of their disruptive telecommunications service in 2016, the Saudi Arabian oil company’s proposed investment in Reliance’s energy business in 2019 and a strategic shift to green energy last year.

This year’s shareholder meeting comes at a time when the refining-to-retail conglomerate is facing the twin challenges of a global recession and the looming rise of Gautam Adani, who earlier this year named Ambani as Asia’s richest man. Eclipsed and emerging as an alternative power center on corporate. landscape.

Reliance investors will have in mind how Adani’s group split its business into separate listings years ago, unlocking value, and the “next big” from Ambani’s more-centralized holdings, Kranti Bathini, equity strategist at Wealthmills. Clarity and specific timeline for things”. Securities Pvt Ltd in Mumbai. Adani’s wealth has increased by $58 billion this year as compared to Andani’s growth of $3.3 billion.

Here’s the news investors are expecting:

succession

The VC indicated that succession planning over Reliance would be expedited at last year’s shareholder meeting and explicitly reiterated this in December. They have three children – daughter Isha and son Akash and an ant Already holding various directors in the group’s unlisted firms and are more visible under his leadership.

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Ambani stepped down as chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd in June, making way for his eldest son Akash, who took charge of India’s largest wireless operator. As rumors about Ambani’s health continue to swirl, investors will be looking to take more concrete steps in the leadership change, with Isha, Anant and possibly his wife Nita taking on more responsibility.

5G Rollout

Reliance Jio Infocomm bought airwaves worth over $11 billion in a local spectrum auction as it sought to consolidate its lead over smaller rivals – Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd – in a rapid rollout of 5G networks. This will be important for increasing revenue and enticing high-value users.

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Investors will be looking for proof of pudding here. The technology has yet to return profits for Asian wireless operations despite billions of dollars in investments, even those in China that have been offering 5G service since 2019. Details such as a nationwide rollout date, tariff plans for 5G services as well as where demand lies. The service will be crucial for Reliance Jio to appear.

Ambani’s children can showcase some of the key features of 5G services at the meeting, as they have showcased new telecom products in the past.

spinoff, ipo

The road waits to gain better clarity regarding initial public offerings of Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail Ltd, especially after the two consumer businesses raised $27 billion in 2020 from marquee global investors.

Both the companies are market leaders in their respective fields and have a strong edge over their rivals. His listing – or even spinoff – could increase Ambani’s net worth. “The timeline is crucial for Reliance stock to bring back the mojo,” Bathini said. Reliance has gained nearly 11% this year, compared to a rise of over 40% by top performers in the S&P BSE Sensex.

new energy old energy

The $76 billion pivot towards green energy is the biggest change Ambani is currently making. It is a difficult transition given the group’s roots in petrochemicals and crude oil refining and the continued out-sized contribution of fossil fuel-led businesses to Reliance’s annual revenue.

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Investors will be looking for updates about last year’s announced plans to build four giga-factories to make solar modules, hydrogen electrolysers, fuel cells and storage batteries. Ambani has also failed to get small green energy firms globally for the expertise and technology. There are also plans to be among the world’s top blue hydrogen manufacturers.

going global

Ambani had emphasized his vision for “internationalization of Reliance” in his speech last year.

Over the past year, Reliance has turned to big overseas deals, such as a possible takeover of British drugstore chain Boots, which never materialised. Investors will want to see if the appetite for global acquisitions still exists amid a slowing economy across the globe.

Then there is always the possibility of a curveball in the meeting, Bathini said. “Never underestimate the power of the senior Ambanis” to surprise the market, he said.

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