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Fintech Unicorn Razorpay Turns Profitable As Revenue Crosses INR 800 Cr In FY21

Fintech Unicorn Razorpay Turns Profitable As Revenue Crosses INR 800 Cr In FY21

Razorpay’s revenue from sales climbed up to INR 841.2 Cr in FY21, a 65.2% jump from INR 508.9 Cr

It has spent INR 836.6 Cr in FY21, a 60% rise from INR 525.4 Cr it had shelled in FY20

In FY21, Razorpay has clocked a profit of INR 7 Cr from a loss of INR 6.1 Cr in FY20

Razorpay, the highest valued fintech startup in India, has turned profitable in FY2021, with net profit of INR 7 Cr on a standalone basis.

The Bengaluru-based startup saw revenue from sales climb to INR 841.2 Cr in FY21, a 65.2% jump from the INR 508.9 Cr it reported in FY20. Overall revenue for the year was INR 844 Cr, a 1.6X jump from INR 519.4 Cr in FY20. The company generated INR 2.8 Cr as non-operating income in FY21. 

The startup spent INR 836.6 Cr as operational costs in FY21, which is almost a 60% rise from INR 525.4 Cr in expenses in FY20. 

The profitability breaks Razorpay’s loss-making streak of the past three years. The startup, whose valuation reached $7.5 Bn after its latest funding round in December 2021, had posted a loss of INR 6.1 Cr in FY20 and a loss of INR 3.2 Cr in FY2019. It had incurred a loss of INR 12.7 Cr in FY18. 

Of the INR 844 Cr it spent in FY21, the lion’s share of Razorpay’s expenses went towards payment gateway commissions, which accounted for more than INR 480 Cr of the expenses. 

Besides this, Razorpay spent INR 213.3 Cr for employee benefits expenses which largely comprises salaries for employees, gratuity, PF contributions and expenses for other employee welfare benefits. The startup in FY20 has spent INR 120.5 Cr for the same. Further, INR 18.3 Cr were spent in promotional activities and INR 5.6 Cr for training and recruitment processes.

Fintech Unicorn Razorpay Turns Profitable As Revenue Crosses INR 800 Cr In FY21

Last year, Razorpay bagged $375 Mn in its Series F round from Lone Pine Capital, Alkeon Capital, and TCV among others at a valuation of $7.5 Bn, making it the highest valued fintech startup. It entered the unicorn club in 2020 after bagging $100 Mn from Singapore’s GIC and Sequoia Capital, among others. 

It has to be noted that this is the financial performance for Razorpay Software Private Limited in FY21. The startup has two other relatively new products — Razorpay Opfin, a payroll management platform, and Razorpay X, a neobanking platform — that are registered under its fully-owned subsidiary RZPX Private Limited. 

As per RZPX Private Limited’s financial documents accessed from the RoC filings, the entity has incurred a loss of INR 6.8 Lakh with total expense of INR 10.2 Lakh. In FY21, the newly incorporated entity earned revenue of INR 3.4 Lakh. 

Founded by Shashank Kumar and Harshil Mathur in 2014 as a payment gateway platform, Razorpay has branched out into SME payroll management, banking, lending, payments, insurance among others. It claims to enable digital payments for more than 200K small and large businesses, including entities such as IRCTC, BookMyShow, Airtel, NSE, Swiggy among others. 

It has also launched RazorpayX Tax Payment Suite and Razorpay RIZE for SMBs. As of December 2021, it claims to have achieved $60 Bn total payment volume (TPV) and claims to be eyeing $90 Bn in volume by the end of 2022. 

The startup claims to have amassed over 8 Mn businesses on its platforms including Indian startup giants such as Ola, CRED, Swiggy, Zomato, and others. It also counts Facebook as a  client and recently collaborated with Twitter to add a tipping feature for Indian users.

In the booming fintech space of India, Razorapay with its several products is competing against multiple fintech players. In its core business – payment gateway – Razorpay is locking its horns with Juspay, Prosus-backed Billdesk, CCAvenue, and PayU, among others. 

With RazorpayX, the startup is pitting against neobank Open, Jupiter, Niyo, Fi, among others. In the insurtech business, the startup is competing against the likes of Digit Insurance, Policybazaar, Turtlemint, Shadowfax, among others.