Mumbai-based hyperlocal search engine JustDial reported 53.68% annual growth in net profit at $5.69 Mn (INR 38.96 Cr) for the quarter ending March 31, 2018, from $3.07 Mn (INR 25.35 Cr) in the same quarter last year, reveals the latest filings.
Total income rose 11.71% to $31.74 Mn (INR 217.09 Cr) during the period under review against $28.41 Mn (INR 194.34 Cr) earlier.
For FY18, the company saw a net profit of $20.94 Mn (INR 143.2Cr), claiming a 17.9% Y-o-Y rise from $17.74 Mn (INR 121.36 Cr) the year before.
Further, as per its earnings release, the company generated a total operating revenue of $114.32 Mn (INR 781.77 Cr), a growth of 8.78 % on Y-o-Y basis.
Also, the company reported a fall of 25.67% in cash, equivalents and short-term investments, leading to an amount of $11.66 Mn (INR 79.75 Cr) in FY18, compared to $15.69 Mn (INR 107.3 Cr) as on March 31, 2017.
JustDial was founded in 1993 by VSS Mani. The official website was launched in 2007. It is a local search firm that provides both B2C and B2B listings of small and medium businesses across 240 cities in India. The search service is available to users across multiple platforms, such as the internet, over telephone (voice) and text (SMS).
The hyperlocal search engine opened its IPO in 2013. once valued at $1 Bn in 2013, JustDial has still been struggling to tackle competition from its immediate rivals UrbanClap, HouseJoy and LocalOye.
Here are some of the statistics of JustDial’s FY18 results:
- Traffic (Quarterly Unique Visitors) grew 28.6% Y-o-Y in Q4-FY18
- Q4-FY18 Revenue witnessed 10.3% Y-o-Y growth, EBITDA grew 42.3% Y-o-Y
- Q4-FY18 Profit After Taxes went up 53.6% Y-o-Y
- FY18 Revenue witnessed 8.8% Y-o-Y growth, Annual EBITDA growth stood at 50% Y-o-Y
According to the filings, JustDial bought 2.2 Mn of its own equity shares at $5.7 (INR 374.18) apiece, aggregating $12.8 Mn (INR 83.85 Cr) in the process for buyback.
Justdial had also initiated ‘Search Plus’ Services in 2015 for its users. These services aim at making several day-to-day tasks conveniently actionable and accessible to users from one App.
In 2016, Justdial had also launched JD Omni, an end-to-end business management solution for SMEs, through which it intends to transition thousands of SMEs to efficiently run a business online and have their adequate online presence via their own website, mobile site.
Later in 2017, Just Dial also introduced JD Pay, a unique solution for quick digital payments for its users and vendors.
With a slight improvement in its financial results, JustDial has shown scope for getting back into the game while hyperlocal space is booming with the entry of players like Amazon etc.