One 97 Communications, which runs the fintech giant Paytm, witnessed a 62% growth in its revenue from operations during Q1 FY22 at INR 890.8 Cr, backed by robust growth in revenue from payment and financial services.
However, the company widened its losses by 34% to nearly INR 382 Cr during the period.
During the corresponding quarter of FY21, the Delhi NCR-based decacorn’s operational revenue stood at INR 551.2 Cr.
The fintech company recorded INR 689.4 Cr in revenue from payments and financial services in the April-June quarter of the current fiscal year. The segment contributed around 77% to the overall operational revenues of One 97, the company said in its RHP filing.
Continued losses and lag in profitability have been a concern for the company. During the first quarter of FY22, its net loss increased to INR 381.9 Cr, from INR 284.4 Cr during the corresponding quarter of FY21.
The increase in losses comes largely on the back of a 40.6% year-on-year (YoY) surge in its expenses to INR 1,312.3 Cr in April-June this fiscal.
Interestingly, Paytm’s contribution margin also rose significantly to 27.4% in Q1FY22, up from 14.9% in Q1FY21.
According to the RHP, contribution profit is the revenue from operations minus the payment processing charges, promotional cashback and incentives expenses, connectivity and content fees, contest, ticketing and FASTag expenses and logistic, deployment and collection cost of its businesses.
The contribution margin is the percentage margin derived by dividing contribution profit by revenue from operations.
In the last financial year, its marketing and promotional expenses reduced by 61.9% from FY 2020, and by 84.4% from FY 2019.
Although, its marketing and promotional expenses declined in FY21, however, during the first quarter of FY22 it increased to 63.7% to INR 137.7 Cr, from INR 84.1 Cr in April-June FY21.
The percentage of its revenue from operations, marketing and promotional expenses, increased marginally from 15.3% in the first quarter of FY2021 to 15.5% in the first quarter of FY 2022.
Paytm attributed the rise in the expenses to investments in sponsorship and marketing campaigns during a cricket sporting event in India in April 2021 and on promotions for acquiring and retaining users.
“As we have expanded our offerings, we have been able to increase consumer engagement and grow our consumer base with lower costs. We intend to continue being efficient with our customer acquisition and retention costs,” it said.
As a result of improvement in these costs, Paytm said that it has been able to improve its contribution profit and margin.
In its RHP, Paytm said that it uses contribution margin as a key metric in evaluating its operating performance.
Its contribution profit improved from a loss of INR 1,998 Cr in FY 2019 to a profit of INR 362.5 Cr in FY 2021, and from INR 82 Cr in the first quarter of FY 2021 to INR 244.5 Cr in the first quarter of FY 2022.
“Our contribution margin increased from a loss of 61.8% in FY 2019 to a profit of 12.9% in FY 2021, and from 14.9% in the first quarter of FY 2021 to 27.4% in the first quarter of FY 2022,” it said.
The Delhi NCR based Paytm has increased IPO offer size to INR 18,300 Cr, from its initial offer of INR 16,600 Cr, the fintech giant said in its red herring prospectus (RHP).