The ratings assigned by the international rating agencies include:
A.M. BEST →A+
Standard & Poor’s →AA
Future Group, led by its founder and Group CEO, Mr. Kishore Biyani, is one of India’s leading business houses with multiple businesses spanning across the consumption space. While retail forms the core business activity of Future Group, group subsidiaries are present in consumer finance, capital, insurance, leisure and entertainment, brand development, retail real estate development, retail media and logistics.
Led by its flagship enterprise, Pantaloon Retail, the group operates over 12 million square feet of retail space in 71 cities and towns and 65 rural locations across India. Headquartered in Mumbai (Bombay), Pantaloon Retail employs around 30,000 people and is listed on the Indian stock exchanges. The company follows a multi-format retail strategy that captures almost the entire consumption basket of Indian customers. In the lifestyle segment, the group operates Pantaloons, a fashion retail chain and Central, a chain of seamless malls. In the value segment, its marquee brand, Big Bazaar is a hypermarket format that combines the look, touch and feel of Indian bazaars with the choice and convenience of modern retail.
The group’s specialty retail formats include sportswear retailer, Planet Sports, electronics retailer, eZone, home improvement chain, Home Town and rural retail chain, Aadhaar, among others. It also operates popular shopping portal, www.futurebazaar.com.
Future Capital Holdings, the group’s financial arm, provides investment advisory to assets worth over $1 billion that are being invested in consumer brands and companies, real estate, hotels and logistics. It also operates a consumer finance arm with branches in 150 locations.
Other group companies include, Future Generali, the group’s insurance venture in partnership with Italy’s Generali Group, Future Brands, a brand development and IPR company, Future Logistics, providing logistics and distribution solutions to group companies and business partners and Future Media, a retail media initiative.
The group’s presence in Leisure & Entertainment segment is led through, Mumbai-based listed company Galaxy Entertainment Limited. Galaxy leading leisure chains, Sports Bar and Bowling Co. and family entertainment centres, F123. Through its partner company, Blue Foods the group operates around 100 restaurants and food courts through brands like Bombay Blues, Spaghetti Kitchen, Noodle Bar, The Spoon, Copper Chimney and Gelato.
Future Group’s joint venture partners include, US-based stationery products retailers, Staples and Middle East-based Axiom Communications. Future Group believes in developing strong insights on Indian consumers and building businesses based on Indian ideas, as espoused in the group’s core value of ‘Indianness.’ The group’s corporate credo is, ‘Rewrite rules, Retain values.’
The Generali Group
The Generali Group is a leading player in the global insurance and financial markets. Established in Trieste in 1831, today the Group is one of Europe’s largest insurance providers and the European biggest Life insurer. It is also one of the world’s top asset managers with assets totaling more than € 300 billion. With an employed sales force of more than 100,000 people serving 60 million clients in 65 countries, the Group occupies a leadership position in Western Europe and an increasingly important place in Eastern Europe and Asia.
The Group strategy aims to consolidate Generali’s pre-eminence on its key markets and achieve a premier position on markets with high growth potential, establishing its leadership in profitability. The Group is not only the market leader in Italy, but also a primary player in Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Israel and Argentina. Generali is a strong player on markets offering high growth potential. In Central Eastern Europe, in particular, thanks to the Generali PPF Joint Venture, it is one of the primary players. Generali also has Joint Ventures in India and China, where, within a few years after its entrance, it has already become one of the top foreign insurance providers.