Ant Group-backed Zomato aims IPO at valuation of almost $8 bn
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Indian food delivery company Zomato's initial public offering (IPO) is priced at 72 to 76 rupees per share, giving it a valuation of as much as $7.98 billion, the company said on Thursday, as it cashes in on a pandemic-led surge in online ordering.

Zomato, backed by China's Ant Group and one of India's most prominent startups, said its offer will include a fresh issue of shares worth up to Rs 9,000 crore and a share sale worth up to Rs 375 crore by top shareholder Info Edge (India), taking the total offering to Rs 9,375 crore ($1.25 billion) according to a filing.

At the upper end of the price range, Zomato's market value comes up to 596.23 billion rupees ($7.98 billion), with subscription set to open on July 14.

Zomato, launched in 2008, collates restaurant reviews and offers home delivery of food, making it a competitor to Accel-backed Swiggy and Amazon.com's food delivery service.

"While we had a footprint across 23 countries outside India as of March 31, 2021, we have taken a conscious strategic call to focus only on the Indian market going forward," Zomato said in its prospectus.

In India, an ongoing wave of COVID-19 has pushed many patrons towards ordering in, a trend that has helped companies like Zomato and its peers.

The company had filed for an IPO in late April.

"In terms of valuation, financials, and future business prospects, we feel things are going to look good for Zomato in the near-term," said Shikher Jain, manager, fundamental equity research at Anand Rathi in Mumbai.

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 firm is considering a potential offering.

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