This Diwali, the startup ecosystem is setting fireworks off in the public markets. While next week, all eyes will be on Paytm, this past week the story was about Nykaa.
The beauty marketplace got off to a remarkable start in its journey as a public company, with overwhelming response to its IPO. More on that after these two stories that also caught our attention:
- 🎆Amazon’s Big Diwali: The ecommerce giant infused INR 1,000 Cr in Amazon Pay India, as it eyes a larger share of the digital payments ecosystem in India
- ⚡️Ola Joins Grocery Race! The cab-hailing giant has kicked off 15-minute grocery delivery in Bengaluru, joining the dark store rush
💄Nykaa’s Playbook Is Worth Emulating
It’s one of the seminal moments in Indian startup history. The Nykaa IPO was not just any other public listing, but the first real test for the Indian ecommerce industry. Having attracted 82x subscription bids in three days, there’s a lot that other Indian ecommerce giants can learn from the Nykaa journey.
📊The Numbers: Nykaa’s offer attracted bids worth nearly $32.53 Bn and its shares are expected to be listed on Indian stock exchanges in the next 10 days as is the norm after the IPO bidding. Grey market share prices suggest that Nykaa may get listed at a premium of INR 600 – INR 650 over the IPO price band of INR 1,085 – INR 1,125. This would represent a major windfall for investors on the day of listing.
🦾Nykaa’s Strengths: Founded in 2012 by Falguni Nayar, Nykaa’s strengths stem from the fact that it not only has a superior brand recall in the beauty ecommerce space, but the company had the highest revenue share (18.5%) in the total addressable online beauty and personal care market in FY20, while its competitors held less than 2% share, as we saw in our special Nykaa IPO report.
🏆Why It’s A Big Deal: The beauty marketplace is the first vertical ecommerce platform to go public and it could very well pave the path for other such ecommerce startups to follow.
Another noteworthy point is that it’s one of the rare profitable startups in India. In FY21, Nykaa reported positive EBITDA, free cash flow (FCF) and high return on capital employed, which indicates that its fundamentals were strong and it banked on this to acquire companies in FY22 to grow inorganically as well.
In an ecosystem where only one out of four funded startups is EBITDA positive, showcasing strong financial fundamentals before an IPO will drive bullish sentiments.
Nykaa’s robust revenue and profitability performance despite its massive scale ($551 Mn GMV and over 11 Mn transacting users) is noteworthy. This makes it a stand-out example for other ecommerce platforms such as FirstCry and Lenskart, as well as marketplaces such as Snapdeal, which also has IPO ambitions.
Indian Startups’ IPO Corner
- 🚚Enroute To IPO: Delhi-based logistics startup Ecom Express converted into a public company and joined the list of tech startups looking to take the IPO route
- 💰PolicyBazaar’s Big Win: After reducing the OFS portion of the IPO, PolicyBazaar’s issue was subscribed nearly 17 times, attracting bids worth $7.53 Bn
- ⚓Paytm’s Great Anchor Round: Ahead of its IPO next week, Paytm raised $1.1 Bn in its anchor round from 74 anchor investors
- 😐Fino’s Lukewarm IPO: Fino Payments Bank’s IPO finally closed at 2.03x subscription worth INR 1313 Cr after less-than-stellar response from everyone except retail investors
Here’s the weekly performance of listed tech companies we are tracking:
Indian Startup Funding Counter
As expected, there was a major dip in funding in the first week of November 2021, given the Diwali season and the extended holidays at many companies. Between November 1 and 6, the startup community managed to raise $171 Mn across 14 deals — an 87.7% drop from the previous week at $1.4 Bn.
👀 30 Startups To Watch: October 2021
Like every month, in October, we scouted for the most innovative emerging startups across India and collated the 21st edition of our 30 Startups To Watch list.
As usual, this bunch of early stage startups is disrupting the way businesses and consumers harness the internet and the wider tech ecosystem. This month’s list includes a vibrant mix of B2B and B2C companies, including D2C brands, blockchain platforms, edtech startups, marketing and customer service solutions, healthtech startups and more.
Finally, here’s a look at the other major stories and developments from the week that went by:
- ✈️Good Days For Travel? In the last edition of The Outline, we looked at the potential recovery in the travel tech sector and what trends are expected in the year to come
- 👎 Social Media Takedowns! As per their latest compliance reports for September, WhatsApp banned 22 Mn accounts in India, while Google removed 76,967 content pieces
- 🤑UPI’s $100 Bn Milestone! In October, with 4.21 Bn transactions, the overall UPI transaction value since launch in 2016 crossed the $100 Bn mark
- 🪙Tracking Crypto Scams: The latest edition of India’s Crypto Economy takes a look at why crypto scams are on the rise, the need for regulation, and why it is taking so long to finish probes
- 🐶Petting Time India’s pet care market is a massive opportunity and startups are ready to carve out a major portion. Read the latest edition of India’s D2C economy to know how
That’s all for this week, folks.