Reliance Retail Buys Majority Stake In Online Pharmacy Netmeds For ₹ 620 Crore

 The investment represents 60 per cent holding in the equity share capital of Vitalic and 100 per cent direct equity ownership of its subsidiaries, including Netmeds.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced that its subsidiary Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL) acquired a majority stake in the Chennai-based Vitalic Health Pvt. Ltd. and its subsidiaries (collectively known as 'Netmeds') for ₹ 620 crore. The investment represents 60 per cent holding in the equity share capital of Vitalic and 100 per cent direct equity ownership of its subsidiaries, including Tresara Health Private Limited, Netmeds Market Place Limited and Dadha Pharma Distribution Pvt Limited.

Ms. Isha Ambani, Director, Reliance Retail Ventures said the investment into Netmeds is aimed at providing digital access for everyone in India. "The addition of Netmeds enhances Reliance Retail's ability to provide good quality and affordable health care products and services, and also broadens its digital commerce proposition to include most daily essential needs of consumers.

Reliance Retail's foray into online pharmacy space comes days after Amazon India Amazon India rolled out its e-pharmacy service in Bengaluru and announced plans to conduct pilots in other cities.

Reliance Industries had launched an online grocery service JioMart in May, pitting it against Amazon.com Inc and Walmart Inc's Flipkart in the lucrative e-commerce market.

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