Paytm Seeks to Raise $268 Million in Pre-IPO Sale

By Angel Broking | Published on 13th July 2021 | 63

Paytm Seeks to Raise $268 Million in Pre-IPO Sale

Paytm has received the nod from shareholders to fundraise $268 million in a pre-initial public offering share sale. The said IPO is likely to be scheduled later this year.

This pre-IPO fundraising round will be a part of the OCL’s primary fundraising. It will be carried out through the issue of shares.

Moreover, this Monday, during an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), Paytm’s shareholders approved its plan to raise a maximum of Rs. 12000 crores through fresh share issuance.

That said, let us find out where the company stands in terms of pre-IPO fundraising and more.

The road ahead for pre-IPO fundraising

One97 Communications Ltd, Paytm’s parent body, is in talks with multiple investors to raise $268 million. The company plans to raise the capital before it is listed on domestic exchanges by this November.

It appears that the company is planning to tap sovereign funds and institutional investors to raise the required funds.

Breakup of share issuance

The digital payment firm plans to issue new shares worth Rs. 8300 crores. Plus, company backers and big names like SoftBank and Alibaba will now have the option to make a sale worth Rs. 8300 crores in stock.

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This could turn Paytm’s IPO valuation into India’s third-biggest initial public offering in terms of dollars? Coal India (2010) and Reliance Power (2008) occupied the first and second positions.

This secondary raise is likely to put the total to Rs. 16600 crores.

The gist of Paytm’s EGM

Besides the anticipated nod to the fundraising, these things went down in Monday’s EGM –

  • Paytm’s parent body is believed to have drafted a red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI after Monday’s EGM. The said prospectus focuses on domestic IPO to raise nearly $2.3 billion.
  • It was decided in the EGM that Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the Paytm founder, will no longer be identified as the company’s promoter. He will instead continue to be Paytm’s CEO, Managing Director, and Chairman.

On that note, let us proceed to find out some primary details about Paytm.

A brief introduction to Paytm

Per SEBI norms, Paytm is classified as a professionally managed firm. Therefore, as per the rules, the shareholders of this company are not entitled to ‘special rights.’

Estimates say the valuation of this firm is in the range of Rs. 1.78 crores to Rs. 2.2 crores. Resultantly, the company is expected to secure a position among the top 10 financial services listed in the country.

The shareholders of Paytm include –

Shareholder Share percentage
Alibaba’s Ant Group 29.71%
Softbank Vision Fund 19.63%
SAIF Partners 18.56%

 

Vijay Shekhar Sharma 14.67%

 

Other noteworthy shareholders are AGH Holding, Discovery Capital, T Rowe Price, and Berkshire Hathaway.

Paytm’s financial report

Paytm narrowed down its losses from Rs. 2942 crores in FY20 to Rs. 1701 crores in FY2021. During the period under review, its revenues stood at –

Fiscal year Revenue
2020 – 2021 Rs. 3186 crores
2019 – 2020 Rs. 3540 crores

Final Takeaway

If Paytm manages to pull off this IPO, it would emerge as India’s biggest initial public offering, leaving behind Coal India.

The company had decided to go public ten years ago, even before it turned into a mobile wallet giant. Then, however, it cancelled its IPO plan and instead raised funds to expand its financial and commercial services through VCs.

As retail investors continue to show a newfound faith in tech stocks in India, there is hope Paytm could tap into the demand. Moreover, Paytm’s hold on merchant payment and its ecosystem of synergistic fintech verticals continue to be its USP. This further offers upsides for the success of the digital payment platform’s upcoming IPO.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which financial and investment management firms has Paytm appointed for this upcoming IPO?

Paytm has involved ICICI Securities, Axis Capital, JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Morgan Stanley, HDFC Bank, and Goldman Sachs for its upcoming IPO.

Which is the biggest IPO in India so far?

Coal India managed to pull off the biggest IPO in India with an issue worth Rs. 15500 crores.

How many shareholders does Paytm have?

Nearly 1000, including institutional investors and ex and current employees, among others.