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IndiaMart Notches Up INR 201 Cr In Revenue In Q4 FY22; Net Profits Dive 19% QoQ

IndiaMart Notches Up INR 201 Cr In Revenue In Q4 FY22; Net Profits Dive 19% QoQ

IndiaMart registered a consolidated total revenue from operations of INR 201 Cr

The B2B ecommerce company has seen its net profits shrink from INR 70 Cr in the Q3 FY22, to INR 57 Cr in the last quarter of FY 22

For IndiaMart, the consolidated EBITDA was INR 57 Cr and EBITDA margin for Q4 FY22 stood at 28% as compared to 48% for Q4 FY21

B2B ecommerce platform IndiaMart has announced its yearly and quarterly results for the FY22 and Q4 FY22, respectively, wrapping up a string of four quarters of constant growth in revenue while profits keep fluctuating.

Founded in 1996 by Brijesh Agrawal and Dinesh Agarwal, IndiaMART is a B2B marketplace linking buyers and suppliers.

In the quarter ended March 31, 2022, IndiaMart registered a consolidated total revenue from operations of INR 201 Cr. The same figure for Q3 FY22 was at INR 188 Cr, which means that the ecommerce platform has seen an 8% growth quarter-on-quarter.

For the entirety of FY22, the operating revenue stood at INR 753 Cr, growing 13% YoY.

IndiaMart's Revenue Trends
IndiaMart’s Revenue. Source: IndiaMart

IndiaMart noted that the growth was primarily driven by an 11% increase in the number of paying subscription suppliers and marginal improvement in realisation from existing customers.

IndiaMart reported a total income of INR 231 Cr, up 22% from INR 190 Cr a year ago. 

The B2B ecommerce company has seen its net profits shrink from INR 70 Cr in Q3 FY22, to INR 57 Cr in the last quarter of FY22, a decline of almost 19%. Notably, the company has seen a second successive quarter of shrinking profits, as the profits were INR 82.11 Cr in Q2 FY22.

IndiaMart's Net Profit, or Profit After Taxes (PAT)
IndiaMart’s Net Profit, or Profit After Taxes (PAT). Source: IndiaMart

In terms of cash generation, the ecommerce marketplace generated INR 158 Cr cash from operating activities and collected INR 318 Cr cash from customers. In all, the company has reported having INR 2,419 Cr in cash and investments.

For IndiaMart, the consolidated EBITDA was INR 57 Cr and EBITDA margin for Q4 FY22 stood at 28% as compared to 48% for Q4 FY21. Consolidated EBIT for the period was INR 54 Cr with an EBIT margin of 27% in Q4 FY22 for IndiaMart.

Consolidated EBITDA over the years
Consolidated EBITDA and EBITDA Margin. Source: IndiaMart.

The company noted that the margin shrank because of investments in hiring, sales, and distribution. 

Further, the B2B ecommerce platform reported registered traffic of 260 Mn and 23 Mn unique business enquiries during Q4 FY22. It also reported 7.1 Mn supplier storefronts, a number that has increased 13% YoY. Also, IndiaMart’s paying subscription suppliers grew by 13K suppliers to reach more than 169K.

IndiaMart Goes Big On Strategic Investments In Accounting

During the said quarter, the B2B ecommerce platform has invested more than INR 271 Cr across 5 investments.

Interestingly, since announcing that it will acquire Busy Infotech in the quarter before, it has doubled down on investments in accounting software companies, with 3 out of the 5 investments it made this quarter coming in that department.

The company described accounting as a strategic fit for itself in an investor report, stating that it is a business necessity, and ensures high customer stickiness, along with providing a subscription-based revenue model. So far, it has invested INR 650 Cr in the accounting space, according to the investor presentation.

IndiaMart has completed the transaction pertaining to the acquisition of Busy in April 2022.

The B2B ecommerce platform, in all, acquired a:

This has taken the total strategic investments that the B2B ecommerce platform has made to 14, according to the company.

Dinesh Agarwal, CEO, IndiaMart, said, “We are happy to close the financial year on a strong note with growth in customers, revenue and cash flows while maintaining healthy margins in the business.” 

“Growing cash flow from operations resulting in a strong balance sheet enables us to build newer capabilities as well as create a large talent pool to meet the evolving customer needs,” he added.

Recently, however, IndiaMart’s name appeared in the United States Trade Representative’s list of notorious marketplaces. The report lambasted IndiaMart, saying counterfeit pharmaceuticals, electronics and apparel could be found in ‘large volumes’ on the platform.

The report also panned the platform for its take-down system, which the report said was ‘burdensome to use and slow.’

The USTR report also pointed out that right holders were concerned with IndiaMart’s failure to adequately implement anti-counterfeiting best practices, including seller verification, penalties against known sellers of counterfeit goods, or proactive monitoring of infringing goods.