Zomato said it would price its Rs. 9,375-crore IPO at Rs. 72–Rs. 76 per share, with the IPO set to open for subscription from July 14 to 16.
The company, backed by China’s Ant Group and one of India’s most prominent startups, filed for its IPO in late April to cash in on a pandemic-led surge in online ordering.
Being the first food delivery company to pursue a public listing in India, the IPO will be closely watched by investors and is expected to see strong demand.
The chief of Oyo Hotels, another well-known Indian startup, said on Wednesday upcoming IPOs would be looked at very closely as the SoftBank-backed hospitality company was also considering going public.
For IPOs in India, 2021 has been a strong year with 22 companies debuting so far. A flush of money from foreign funds and mom-and-pop investors putting their money saved during the lockdown to work have driven the surge.
Zomato’s offer will comprise a fresh issue of shares worth up to Rs. 9,000 crores and a sale by top shareholder Info Edge (India) worth up to Rs. 375 crores, according to documents seen by Reuters.
At the upper end of the price range, the company’s market value comes up to Rs. 59,623 crores.
Zomato and Swiggy dominate the Indian food delivery market, which research firm RedSeer estimates is worth $4.2 billion (roughly Rs. 31,400 crores), while Amazon remains a relatively new and smaller player.
Zomato is scheduled to hold a virtual press briefing at 06:30 GMT (12pm IST) on its IPO.
Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Citigroup are among the lead book-running managers for the IPO.
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