Zomato raises USD 195 million in funding from 6 investors, valuation touches USD 3.6 billion
Zomato raises USD 195 million in funding from 6 investors, valuation touches USD 3.6 billion

Info Edge on Friday said its investee company Zomato has raised USD 195 million (about Rs 1,455.4 crore) in funding from six investors including Luxor, Kora and Steadview, valuing the online food ordering platform at USD 3.6 billion.

"Zomato Pvt Ltd has closed a primary fundraise of USD 195 million from six different investors...The transactions valued Zomato at a post-money valuation of USD 3.6 billion," Info Edge said in a regulatory filing.

Upon closing of the fund raise, Info Edge's shareholding in Zomato shall stand reduced to about 20.8 per cent on fully converted and diluted basis, it added.

Comments from Zomato could not be elicited immediately.

Of the USD 195 million, USD 60 million was raised from Luxor Capital Group LP, through its different investment vehicles.

USD 50 million came from Kora Management LP , through its investment vehicle Kora Investments I LLC and/or any of its affiliates, the filing said.

Mirae Asset , through its investment vehicle Mirae Asset - Naver Asia Growth Investment Pte Ltd and/or any of its affiliates, invested USD 40 million, it added.

Steadview Capital and Bow Wave Capital Management LP each invested USD 20 million, while USD 5 million came from Baillie Gifford & Co ,through its investment vehicle Pacific Horizon Investment Trust Plc and/or any of its affiliates, the filing said.

In September, Info Edge had informed the stock exchanges about Zomato raising USD 160 million (about Rs 1,173 crore) in funding from Tiger Global and Temasek Holdings subsidiary MacRitchie Investments, valuing the online food ordering platform at USD 3.3 billion.

Post the September transaction, Info Edge's shareholding in Zomato was at 22.2 per cent.

Zomato -- which competes aggressively with Prosus-backed Swiggy in the Indian market -- plans to go for an initial public offering (IPO) in the first half of 2021, its founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal had told its employees at that time.

The online food delivery segment has seen significant growth in the last few years with Zomato and Swiggy competing head-on to grab market share.

Earlier this year, Zomato acquired the Indian business of Uber Eats in an all-stock deal that will give the ride hailing company 9.99 per cent stake in Zomato.

Interestingly, in May this year, Amazon India threw its hat in the ring and announced the launch of its food delivery operations in select parts of Bengaluru.

Zomato and Swiggy had seen their business being impacted by the COVID-19-induced lockdown. During this time, Zomato and Swiggy ventured into the area of grocery delivery. With the easing of lockdown, the companies have been seeing demand returning on these platforms.

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