|Traded as||BSE: 500325, NSE: RELIANCE, LSE: RIGD
BSE SENSEX Constituent
CNX Nifty Constituent
|Predecessor(s)||Reliance Commercial Corporation|
|Headquarters||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Key people||Mukesh Ambani
(Chairman and MD)
|Products||Crude oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, petroleum, polyester, textiles, retail, telecom|
|Revenue||US$ 73.10 billion (2013)|
|Operating income||US$ 7.14 billion (2013)|
|Net income||US$ 3.86 billion (2013)|
|Total assets||US$58.67 billion (2013)|
|Total equity||US$31.66 billion (2013)|
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is an Indian conglomerate holding company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The company operates in five major segments: exploration and production, refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail and telecommunications.
RIL is the second-largest publicly traded company in India by market capitalisation and is the second largest company in India by revenue after the state-run Indian Oil Corporation. The company is ranked No. 107 on the Fortune Global 500 list of the world's biggest corporations, as of 2013. RIL contributes approximately 14% of India's total exports.
1960 – 1980
The company was co-founded by Dhirubhai Ambani and his cousin Champaklal Damani in 1960s as Reliance Commercial Corporation. In 1965, the partnership was ended and Dhirubhai continued the polyester business of the firm. In 1966, Reliance Textiles Industries Pvt Ltd was incorporated in Maharashtra. It established a synthetic fabrics mill in the same year at Naroda in Gujarat. In 1975, company expanded its business into textiles, with "Vimal" becoming its major brand in later years. The company held its Initial public offering (IPO) in 1977. The issue was over-subscribed by seven times. In 1979, a textiles company Sidhpur Mills was amalgamated with the company. In 1980, the company expanded its polyster yarn business by setting up a Polyester Filament Yarn Plant in Raigad, Maharashtra with financial and technical collaboration with E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., USA.
1981 – 2000
In 1985, the name of the company was changed from Reliance Textiles Industries Ltd. to Reliance Industries Ltd. During the years 1985 to 1992, the company expanded its installed capacity for producing polyster yarn by over 145,000 tonnes per annum. The Hazira petrochemical plant was commissioned in 1991–92. In 1993, Reliance turned to the overseas capital markets for funds through a global depositary issue of Reliance Petroleum. In 1996, it became the first private sector company in India to be rated by international credit rating agencies. S&P rated BB+, stable outlook, constrained by the sovereign ceiling. Moody's rated Baa3, Investment grade, constrained by the sovereign ceiling. In the year 1995–96, the company entered the telecom industry through a joint venture with NYNEX, USA and promoted Reliance Telecom Private Limited in India. In 1998–99, RIL introduced packaged LPG in 15 kg cylinders under the brand name Reliance Gas. During 1998–2000, the company completed setup of integrated petrochemical complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat.
2001 – Present
In 2001, Reliance Industries Ltd. and Reliance Petroleum Ltd. became India's two largest companies in terms of all major financial parameters. In 2001–02, Reliance Petroleum was merged with Reliance Industries. In 2002, Reliance announced India's biggest gas discovery (at the Krishna Godavari basin) in nearly three decades and one of the largest gas discoveries in the world during 2002. The in-place volume of natural gas was in excess of 7 trillion cubic feet, equivalent to about 1.2 billion barrels of crude oil. This was the first ever discovery by an Indian private sector company. In 2002–03, RIL purchased a majority stake in Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd. (IPCL), India's second largest petrochemicals company, from Government of India. IPCL was later merged with RIL in 2008. In the years 2005 and 2006, the company reorganized its business by demerging its investments in power generation and distribution, financial services and telecommunication services into four separate entities. In 2006, Reliance entered the organised retail market in India with the launch of its retail store format under the brand name of 'Reliance Fresh'. By the end of 2008, Reliance retail had close to 600 stores across 57 cities in India. In 2010, Reliance entered Broadband services market with acquisition of Infotel Broadband Services Limited, which was the only successful bidder for pan-India fourth-generation (4G) spectrum auction held by Government of India. In the same year, Reliance and BP announced a partnership in the oil and gas business. BP took a 30 per cent stake in 23 oil and gas production sharing contracts that Reliance operates in India, including the KG-D6 block for $7.2 billion. Reliance also formed a 50:50 joint venture with BP for sourcing and marketing of gas in India.
The number of shareholders in RIL are approx. 3 million. The promoter group, Ambani family, holds approx. 45.34% of the total shares whereas the remaining 54.66% shares are held by public shareholders, including FII and bodies corporate. Life Insurance Corporation of India is the largest non-promoter investor in the company with 7.98% shareholding.
Buyback: In January 2012, the company announced a buyback programme to buy a maximum of 120 million shares for 104 billion (US$1.7 billion). By the end of January 2013, the company bought back 46.2 million shares for 33.66 billion (US$540 million).
The company's equity shares are listed on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and the BSE Limited. The Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) issued by the Company are listed on Luxembourg Stock Exchange. It has issued approx. 56 million GDRs wherein each GDR is equivalent to 2 equity shares of the company. Approx. 3.46% of its total shares are listed on Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Its debt securities are listed at the Wholesale Debt Market (WDM) Segment of the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE).
Credit Ratings: It has received domestic credit ratings of AAA from CRISIL (S&P subsidiary) and Fitch. Moody’s and S&P have provided investment grade ratings for international debt of the Company, as Baa2 positive outlook (local currency issuer rating) and BBB+ outlook respectively.
The company's petrochemicals, refining, and oil and gas-related operations form the core of its business; other divisions of the company include cloth, retail business, telecommunications and special economic zone (SEZ) development. In 2012–13, it earned 76% of its revenue from Refining, 19% from Petrochemicals, 2% from Oil & Gas and 3% from Other segments.
In July 2012, RIL informed that it was going to invest US$1 billion over the next few years in its new aerospace division which will design, develop, manufacture, equipment and components, including airframe, engine, radars, avionics and accessories for military and civilian aircraft, helicopters, unmanned airborne vehicles and aerostats.
Major subsidiaries and associates
On 31 March 2013, the company had 123 subsidiary companies and 10 associate companies.
- Reliance Retail is the retail business wing of the Reliance Industries. In March 2013, it had 1466 stores in India. It is the largest retailer in India. Many brands like Reliance Fresh, Reliance Footprint, Reliance Time Out, Reliance Digital, Reliance Wellness, Reliance Trends, Reliance Autozone, Reliance Super, Reliance Mart, Reliance iStore, Reliance Home Kitchens, Reliance Market (Cash n Carry) and Reliance Jewel come under the Reliance Retail brand. Its annual revenue for the financial year 2012–13 was 108 billion (US$1.7 billion) with an EBITDA of 780 million (US$12 million).
- Reliance Life Sciences works around medical, plant and industrial biotechnology opportunities. It specializes in manufacturing, branding, and marketing Reliance Industries' products in bio-pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, clinical research services, regenerative medicine, molecular medicine, novel therapeutics, biofuels, plant biotechnology, and industrial biotechnology sectors of the medical business industry.
- Reliance Institute of Life Sciences (RILS), established by Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, is an institution offering higher education in various fields of life sciences and related technologies.
- Reliance Logistics is a single-window company selling transportation, distribution, warehousing, logistics, and supply chain-related products, supported by in-house telematics and telemetry solutions. Reliance Logistics is an asset based company with its own fleet and infrastructure. It provides logistics services to Reliance group companies and outsiders. Merged content from Reliance Logistics to here. See Talk:Reliance Industries#Merge proposals.
- Reliance Clinical Research Services (RCRS), a contract research organisation (CRO) and wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Life Sciences, specialises in the clinical research services industry. Its clients are primarily pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.
- Reliance Solar, the solar energy subsidiary of Reliance, was established to produce and retail solar energy systems primarily to remote and rural areas. It offers a range of products based on solar energy: solar lanterns, home lighting systems, street lighting systems, water purification systems, refrigeration systems and solar air conditioners. Merged content from Reliance Solar to here. See Talk:Reliance Industries#Merge proposals.
- Relicord is a cord blood banking service owned by Reliance Life Sciences. It was established in 2002. It has been inspected and accredited by AABB, and also has been accorded a license by Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Government of India.
- Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL), previously known as Infotel Broadband, is a broadband service provider which gained 4G licences for operating across India. Now it is wholly owned by RIL for 48 billion (US$770 million). Sandip Das, former ceo of Maxis Malaysia, is the current group president of Reliance Jio Infocomm.
- Reliance Industrial Infrastructure Limited (RIIL) is an associate company of RIL. RIL holds 45.43% of total shares of RIIL. It was incorporated in September 1988 as Chembur Patalganga Pipelines Limited, with the main objective being to build and operate cross-country pipelines for transporting petroleum products. The company's name was subsequently changed to CPPL Limited in September 1992, and thereafter to its present name, Reliance Industrial Infrastructure Limited, in March 1994. RIIL is mainly engaged in the business of setting up and operating industrial infrastructure. The company is also engaged in related activities involving leasing and providing services connected with computer software and data processing. The company set up a 200-millimetre diameter twin pipeline system that connects the Bharat Petroleum refinery at Mahul, Maharashtra, to Reliance's petrochemical complex at Patalganga, Maharashtra. The pipeline carries petroleum products including naphtha and kerosene. It has commissioned facilities like the supervisory control and data acquisition system and the cathodic protection system, a jackwell at River Tapi, and a raw water pipeline system at Hazira. The infrastructure company constructed a 71,000 kilo-litre petrochemical product storage and distribution terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Area in Maharashtra.
As on 31 March 2013, the company had 23,519 employees of which 1,159 were women and 82 were employees with disabilities. It also had 29,462 temporary employees on the same date. As per its Sustainability Report for 2011–12, the attrition rate was 7.57%.
In its 39th Annual General Meeting, its Chairman informed the shareholders of the investment plans of the company of about 1500 billion (US$24 billion) in next three years. This would be accompanied by increasing the staff strength in Retail division from existing strength of 35,000 to 120,000 in next three years and increasing employees in Telecom division from existing 3,000 to 10,000 in 12 months.
Reliance Industries is the world's largest polyester producer and as a result one of the largest producers of polyester waste in the world. In order to deal with large quantities of waste, they operate the largest polyester recycling centre that uses the polyester waste as a filling and stuffing. 
Awards and recognition
- International Refiner of the Year in 2013 at the HART Energy’s 27th World Refining & Fuel Conference. This is the second time that RIL has received this Award for its Jamnagar Refinery, the first being in 2005.
- According to survey conducted by Brand Finance in 2013, Reliance is the second most valuable brand in India.
- The Brand Trust Report, 2013 has ranked 'Reliance' as the 7th most trusted brand in India.
- RIL was certified as 'Responsible Care Company' by the American Chemistry Council in March, 2012.
- RIL was ranked at 25th position across the world, on the basis of sales, in the ICIS Top 100 Chemicals Companies list in 2012.
- RIL was awarded the National Golden Peacock Award 2011 for its contribution in the field of corporate sustainability.
- In 2009, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) named Reliance Industries as the world's fifth biggest 'sustainable value creator' in a list of 25 top companies globally in terms of investor returns over a decade.
- The company was selected as one of the world's 100 best managed companies for the year 2000 by IndustryWeek magazine.
- From 1994 to 1997, the company won National Energy Conservation Award in the petrochemical sector.
De-merger of RIL in 2005–06
The Ambani family holds around 45% of the shares in RIL. Since its inception the company was managed by its founder and chairman Dhirubhai Ambani. After suffering a heart attack in 1986, he handed over the daily operations of the company to his sons Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani. After the death of Dhirubhai Ambani in 2002, the management of the company was taken up by both the brothers. In November 2004, Mukesh Ambani, in an interview, admitted to having differences with his brother Anil over 'ownership issues'. He also said that the differences "are in the private domain". The share prices of RIL were impacted by some margin when this news broke out. In 2005, after a bitter public feud between the brothers over the control of the Reliance empire, mother Kokilaben intervened to broker a deal spliting the RIL group business into the two parts. In October 2005, the split of Reliance Group was formalized. Mukesh Ambani got Reliance Industries and IPCL. Younger brother Anil Ambani received telecom, power, entertainment and financial services business of the group. The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group includes Reliance Communications, Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Capital, Reliance Natural Resources and Reliance Power.
The division of Reliance group business between the two brothers also resulted in de-merger of 4 businesses from RIL. These businesses immediately became part of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The existing shareholders in RIL, both the promoter group and non-promoters, received shares in the de-merged companies.
- "Q4 Financial results 2012–13". RIL.com.
- "Reliance Industries Ltd (RELI.NS)". Reuters. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Chairman's Statement at RIL AGM". RIL.com. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Top '50' companies by market capitalisation as on March 31, 2013". nseindia.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Global 500". CNN.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Fortune Global 500". CNN Money. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Annual Report 2012-13". RIL.com. 8 May 2013.
- "Ambani: From a gas station attendant to Reliance owner". Arab News. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Company History – Reliance Industries Ltd.". Economic Times. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Major Milestones". RIL.com. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries: Milestones of an oil giant – Slide 4". NDTV.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Company History – Reliance Industries". MoneyControl.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries Ltd". HDFC Securities. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries: Milestones of an oil giant – Slide 8". NDTV.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries: Milestones of an oil giant – Slide 9". NDTV.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Krishna-Godavari basin to yield 160mt oil: RIL". Economic Times. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance makes it big with IPCL". The Hindu. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "IPCL set to merge with Reliance Industries". Business Standard. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance-IPCL merger swap ratio set at 1:5". Financial Express. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Scheme of Demerger". RIL.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance launches retail venture". BBC News. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Coming to your neighbourhood – Reliance Fresh". Business Standard. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance Bets Big on 4G". WSJ. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries to acquire Infotel Broadband". The Hindu. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "BP partners Reliance in $7.2 billion Indian oil hunt". Reuters India. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries, BP complete $7.2-billion deal". Economic Times. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries Ltd. – Share Holding Pattern". kotaksecurities.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries buyback: Beyond face value". The Indian Express. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- "Investors' Handbook". ril.com. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries Ltd. – Listing". Economic Times. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Listing Information". RIL.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Credit Ratings". RIL.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "S&P raises credit rating on RIL to 'BBB+'". Reuters India. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Rating Action: Moody's assigns definitive Baa2 rating to Reliance's USD senior unsecured perpetual notes". Moody's. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "RIL lines up close to $1 billion plan in aerospace sector, may hire around 1,500 people". The Times of India. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Financial Presentation of 2012–13 Q4 Results". RIL.com. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Ambani tops retailer list, too". Business Standard. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Few RIL retail arms still making losses". Business Standard. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "About us, Reliance Life Sciences". RelLife.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Changing its DNA". Business Today. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Welcome to Reliance Institute of Life Sciences". RILS.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Reliance Institute of Life Sciences". minglebox.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Reliance Institute of Life Sciences, Mumbai". htcampus.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Company Overview of Reliance Logistics Private Limited". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "About us, Reliance Logistics". reliancelogistics.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Reliance in deal with CONCOR for logistics venture". 25 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Reliance Logistics Ltd". supplychainleaders.com. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Reliance set to combine two logistics arms". Financial Chronicle. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Clinical Research Services (CRS) group of Reliance Life Sciences". RelLife.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "About us, Reliance Solar". relsolar.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "About us, Relicord". relicord.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "AABB Accredited Cord Blood (CB) Facilities". AABB.org. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "RIL subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm finalises key pacts for roll-out of 4G services". Economic Times. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries buys 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs 4,800 cr". The Times of India. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "RIL Subsidiaries & Associates". RIL.com. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Company History". moneycontrol.com. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "About us". RIIL.in. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
- "Sustainability Report 2011-12". RIL.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "RIL to invest Rs 1.5 lakh crore over three years; increase staff strength". Indian Express. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "RIL bags Refiner of the Year Award". Economic Times. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "India's top 50 brands". brandirectory.com. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "All India Brand Trust Ranking 2013". trustadvisory.info. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries Ltd gets certified as a 'Responsible Care' under American Chemistry Council". Economic Times. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Top 100 Chemical Companies 2012". ICIS.com. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Award for Sustainability(GPAS)". goldenpeacockawards.com. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "RIL named among 25 sustainable value creators globally: BCG". Economic Times. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "RIL among world's 100 best-managed cos". Rediff.com. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Mukesh Ambani admits to differences with Anil". Rediff.com. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Ambani vs Ambani". India Today. 6 December 2004. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Cover Story: Ambani Settlement". India Today. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Reliance Industries: Milestones of an oil giant". NDTV.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Corporate Announcement – Reliance Industries hands over control of Four Demerged Companies to ADAG". bseindia.com/. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Reliance demerger: What should you do?". Rediff.com. 17 January 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "RIL pens demerger buyout cost". Business Standard. 17 January 2006. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- Official website
- Management Profiles
- Reliance Industries at Reuters
- News on Reliance Industries at The Times of India
- Reliance Industries at Bombay Stock Exchange
- Reliance Industries at National Stock Exchange of India