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India’s start-up Zomato launches £870 million IPO

A deliveryman working for Zomato, an online food delivery application, rides a motorbike along a street in Mumbai on July 8, 2021. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shilpa Sharma

INDIA’S food delivery unicorn, Zomato launched its $1.2 billion (£870 million) initial public offering (IPO) for subscription today (14).

The start-up company, backed by Jack Ma’s Ant Group, raised $562.3m (£405m) from institutional investors, as they bid for 35 times more shares than allotted to them.

It is the first of India’s major digital start-ups to offer IPO, with more expected.

Several others, including mobile payments app Paytm and online beauty retailer Nykaa are expected to enter stock market in the coming months.

However, analysts are wary about Zomato’s high valuation and the timing of the IPO, as Indian and global markets are near record high levels.

Meanwhile, Indian economy is dealing with sluggish growth and rising unemployment, which has raised analysts’ fear of a stock market bubble that could strengthen further by launch of high valued IPOs.

Zomato’s offer will be available till Friday (16), with shares priced between Rs. 72 to 76 (£0.7) per share. It is expected to take the company’s valuation to $9bn (£6.5bn).

Trading in the stock is likely to begin from July 27.

According to stock exchange data, by noon local time on Wednesday (14), investors had subscribed to about 29 per cent of the shares, indicating strong demand from retail investors.

The company had allotted shares worth $562.3m (£405m) to about 200 foreign and domestic investors ahead of the IPO launch. It included major international private equity firms such as Tiger Global and BlackRock, and Indian investment funds from some of the country’s biggest banks such as State Bank of India, Kotak, ICICI and HDFC.

Launched in 2008, Zomato offers food delivery and curates restaurant reviews.

The app service is available in 525 cities. With a monthly customer base of around 6.8 million, Zomato has become a household name in India.

However, the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns to control the spread of Covid-19 across India have hit the business.

Its revenue for the financial year 2020-21 dropped by 23.4 per cent from the previous year.

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