Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma gestures as he poses with a bronze replica of the Charging Bull of Wall Street, after the company's IPO listing ceremony at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, India, November 18, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters

Mumbai: Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma will acquire a 10.3 per cent stake from China's Ant Group Co., in an unusual transaction that won't involve any cash payment or change in economic interest.

Sharma, who is also chief executive officer of Paytm-parent One97 Communications Ltd., will increase his holding in the company to 19.42 per cent, while Ant's stake will drop to 13.5 per cent, according to a regulatory filing. But Sharma won't pay any cash for the equity and Ant will retain the same economic stake through convertible securities, the filing said.

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The Indian company's shares surged as much as 11 per cent Monday. They had rallied 50 per cent this year through Friday's close.

Sharma took the digital payments pioneer public in 2021 only to see the shares plummet in one of the worst performances for a major initial public offering. Shares closed Friday at 796.6 rupees, compared with the 2,150 rupee offering price.

"As we announce this transfer of ownership, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ant for their unwavering support and partnership over the past several years," Sharma said in statement.