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Zomato plans IPO in ’21, ex-staff get $30m cashout


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Bengaluru: On-line restaurant discovery platform Zomato has began preparations to go for an initial public offering (IPO) in 2021, making it the primary amongst India’s most valued shopper web firms, or unicorns (valued at over $1 billion every) to plan a market debut. The 12-year-old firm, co-founded by IIT-Delhi engineer and former Bain marketing consultant Deepinder Goyal, is planning its itemizing in India, mentioned sources aware of the matter.
Within the run-up to its public providing, the Gurgaon-based firm can be within the means of closing a $30-million share sale for its former workers, which will probably be some of the important ESOP liquidity occasions in India. Zomato is within the means of elevating its pre-IPO spherical of $600 million, as part of which it raised $100 million from Tiger Global. Earlier than that, it raised near $150 million from Singapore’s Temasek, China’s Ant Financial and UK-based Baillie Gifford. The corporate’s valuation is anticipated to cross $3.5 billion with the brand new spherical, if it closes.
“Our finance/authorized groups are working arduous to take us to IPO a while within the first half of subsequent 12 months. The worth of our enterprise goes up dramatically, all because of the arduous work and dedication of our group,” mentioned Goyal in a mail to firm workers.
Whereas the preliminary begin of the lockdown in March-April on account of Covid-19 hit revenues of Zomato and rival Swiggy arduous, the corporate mentioned final month meals supply has recovered 75-80% of its pre-pandemic gross sales, whereas eating in at eating places continues to be at simply 8-10%. However on the identical time, it has reduce month-to-month losses from $45 million in March 2019 and $20 million in October 2019, which got here right down to $1.5 million in June this 12 months.
The corporate mentioned it doesn’t have any speedy plan for the money it has raised.
“We’re treating this money as a ‘war-chest’ for future M&A, and preventing off any mischief or worth wars from our competitors in numerous areas of our enterprise,” Goyal instructed workers within the mail. Previously, Zomato and Prosus Ventures-backed Swiggy have held discussions for a merger, however talks haven’t progressed.
A number of Indian web firms like classifieds proprietor Data Edge, which additionally owns a 25% stake in Zomato, apart from on-line journey portal MakeMyTrip and business-to-business commerce portal IndiaMart — not one of the extremely valued unicorns — have until now gone for an inventory. In July, on-line monetary providers portal PolicyBazaar had reportedly mentioned it plans an IPO by September 2021. Earlier than the pandemic, firms like ride-hailing big Ola and e-commerce main Flipkart had talked about an IPO by 2021 and 2022, although the standing of these plans will not be clear.
“The pandemic has helped firms with resilient enterprise fashions escape much more quickly. Whereas many firms took a short-term hit, some have bounced again quick and with improved economics. Zomato has been sharing its annual monetary report despite being a privately held firm by way of each ups and downs — their tradition of transparency is really commendable,” mentioned Tarun Davda, MD at enterprise capital agency Matrix Companions India, which has backed firms like Ola, Dailyhunt, Razorpay and 5 Star Finance.


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