Flipkart mentioned on Monday it has raised $3.6 billion at a post-money valuation of $37.6 billion in what’s broadly believed to be the pre-IPO spherical for the Indian e-commerce conglomerate as it really works to record within the public markets as quickly as early subsequent 12 months.
The brand new spherical of funding — by far the most important for any Indian startup — was led by GIC, Canada Pension Plan Funding Board (CPP Investments), SoftBank Imaginative and prescient Fund 2 and Walmart, together with investments from sovereign funds DisruptAD, Qatar Funding Authority, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Tencent, Willoughby Capital, Antara Capital, Franklin Templeton and Tiger World.
The Monday funding marks the return of SoftBank as a shareholder of Flipkart. SoftBank, which had taken the exit from the startup when the Bangalore-based agency bought majority stakes to Walmart in 2018 at a valuation of $22 billion, has reinvested about $500 million within the new spherical.
“At Flipkart, we’re dedicated to reworking the buyer web ecosystem in India and offering shoppers entry and worth. This funding by main world buyers displays the promise of digital commerce in India and their perception in Flipkart’s capabilities to maximise this potential for all stakeholders,” mentioned Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Chief Govt Officer at Flipkart Group, in an announcement.
“As we serve our shoppers, we’ll deal with accelerating progress for tens of millions of small and medium Indian companies, together with kiranas. We’ll proceed to spend money on new classes and leverage made-in-India know-how to rework shopper experiences and develop a world-class provide chain.”
As a part of the brand new fundraise, Flipkart can also be giving its staff the choice to promote their inventory choices price $80.5 million, Krishnamurthy advised them on Monday.
Flipkart had initially hit the market to lift cash early this 12 months and was initially trying to elevate nearly $1 billion, TechCrunch first reported.
The Bangalore-headquartered agency competes neck to neck with Amazon in India. The American e-commerce group has invested over $6.5 billion within the South Asian market.
Each the corporations are struggling to aggressively broaden their footprint in India, the place bodily shops proceed to drive the overwhelming majority of retail gross sales. They’re additionally anticipated to be severely hit by India’s new e-commerce guidelines.
E-commerce platform JioMart, a three way partnership between Reliance Retail (India’s largest retail chain) and Google and Fb-backed Jio Platforms (India’s largest telecom operator), launched final 12 months in over 200 cities and cities throughout the nation.
At stake is without doubt one of the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce markets that’s poised to develop even additional as extra first-time web customers start to buy on-line. India’s e-commerce market is estimated to achieve greater than 300 million customers by 2025, in line with estimates by Bain & Firm. These customers would have purchased objects price greater than $100 billion from on-line platforms, the agency projected.
In recent times, Flipkart and Amazon have made various bets to broaden their attain in India. Each of them have rolled out help for Hindi language (Flipkart has added a number of extra Indian languages as nicely), and partnered with neighborhood shops.
“Flipkart is a superb enterprise whose progress and potential mirrors that of India as a complete — that’s why we invested in 2018 and why we proceed to speculate right this moment,” mentioned Judith McKenna, President and CEO of Walmart Worldwide, in an announcement.
Flipkart says it has amassed over 350 million registered customers throughout its providers — together with vogue e-commerce Myntra — within the nation. “Flipkart’s logistics and provide chain arm, Ekart, employs greater than 100,000 individuals and makes deliveries to greater than 90% of the addressable pin-codes in India, which, coupled with strategic warehouse infrastructure investments, is without doubt one of the group’s core strengths. Venturing into the social commerce house, Flipkart lately introduced the launch of Shopsy, which can encourage native entrepreneurship,” the agency mentioned.