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SoftBank-Backed Delhivery Plans To Go Public In 18 Months

SoftBank-Backed Delhivery Plans To Go Public In 18 Months

SoftBank-backed Paytm, PolicyBazaar, Ola and others are also looking to go public

Delhivery prefers to list itself in India but is awaiting upcoming rules on the foreign listing

Delhivery reported a loss of INR 1,772.77 Cr back in FY19

SoftBank-backed logistics unicorn Delhivery is looking to go public in the upcoming 12-18 months. The company’s COO and CBO Sandeep Barasia noted that Delhivery prefers to list in India, however, it is awaiting the government’s upcoming rules on the foreign listing.

The Gurugram-based logistics company has also amended its Articles of Association (AoA) to include the scope for a public listing as a secondary exit for existing investors, according to the documents sourced from the ministry of corporate affairs.

Aditya Jadhav, a chartered financial analyst and principal (Investments) at SIDBI Venture Capital, told Mint, “But it (Delhivery) is not yet ready for a direct IPO because they will wait for SEBI guidelines, post which they might make more amendments to the AoA.”

“So whenever these guidelines come out, the rights associated with existing (Delhivery) venture capital and private equity owners will be clubbed together in another separate exhibit because SEBI guidelines currently don’t allow any special rights to any class of shareholders, because all shareholders will be equal when they go for IPO.” he further said.

Jadhav also added that all the special rights associated with Delhivery’s VC and PE investors like Softbank and Carlyle Group will cease to exist on the day of listing. Delhivery will also have to convert the entire company into a public limited company in the AoA itself before going for an IPO.

Elaborating on the IPO plans, Delhivery’s Barasia said that the company was trying to go public for two years. “It so happened that the timing of our decision to go public coincided with the Indian general elections, and it was probably not the best time to go public because a lot of focus was going to be on elections,” he added. Besides this, the company also has a private capital pool available, therefore it decided to push back the IPO plan.

Delhivery was founded by Mohit Tandon, Sahil Barua, Bhavesh Manglani, Kapil Bharati, and Suraj Saharan in 2011. Its services are available in about 600 cities and 8,500 pincodes in India. In the financial year 2019, it had reported a consolidated loss of INR 1,772.77 Cr with a revenue of INR 1,694.15 Cr and expenses of INR 3,466.99 Cr.

Besides Delhivery, several other Indian companies have decided to file for initial public offering (IPO). This includes Zomato, InMobi, MobiKwik, Paytm, Ola, Grofers, PolicyBazaar, PhonePe and Lenskart. Interestingly, SoftBank is an investor in most of these companies — Paytm, Ola, Grofers, PolicyBazaar and Lenskart.