Food delivery startup Zomato files for Rs 8,250 crore IPO

A food delivery rider for Zomato Media Pvt. gets on a motorcycle as he waits for an order outside of a restaurant in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020. Uber Technologies Inc. will sell Uber Eats in India to local rival Zomato in a $172 million deal, according to a person familiar with the transaction, underscoring the ride-hailing giant’s effort to cut back on loss-making operations. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
A food delivery rider for Zomato Media Pvt. gets on a motorcycle as he waits for an order outside of a restaurant in Mumbai on 21 January 2021 |Dhiraj Singh| Bloomberg

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New Delhi: Zomato Ltd., an Indian food delivery startup backed by Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co., has filed an initial prospectus with Indian market regulator for an initial public offering that could raise as much as 82.5 billion rupees ($1.1 billion).

The company plans to issue new shares to raise a maximum 75 billion rupees, while its major shareholder Info Edge India Ltd. will offer 7.5 billion rupees worth of shares in the offering, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Board of India on Wednesday. The filing confirmed a Bloomberg News report last month.

Zomato is also considering raising as much as 15 billion rupees before filing the red herring prospectus, which could potentially reduce the amount it plans to raise through selling new shares in the IPO, the company said.

At $1.1 billion, Zomato’s IPO would be India’s biggest this year, surpassing Indian Railway Finance Corp.’s $649 million offering in January, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The startup’s listing plans come as the pandemic has driven many Indian consumers to shift their spending online, bolstering the fortunes of e-commerce firms. Nykaa E-Retail Pvt, backed by TPG Capital and online insurance aggregator Policy Bazaar are planning to go public in the local market as well, Bloomberg News has reported.

Zomato plans to use the proceeds to expand its business and for acquisitions. Kotak Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group AG, BofA Securities and Citigroup Inc. are arranging the IPO.-Bloomberg

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