Vulcan express, the logistics arm of ecommerce startup Snapdeal, has received a fresh funding of $ 23.7 million from the parent company. Registrar of Companies filings revealed the company raised the capital by allocating 15.24 crores of equity shares at Rs. 10 apiece to Jasper Infotech Pvt., Ltd., which operates Snapdeal.
While Snapdeal and Vulcan Express have not commented on the investment, the filings show the capital was allocated on 7 August 2017. This funding round comes amid reports of the ecommerce firm trying to sell off its logistics arm. VCCircle reported, Vulcan Express received an additional $5.68 million from Jasper Infotech Pvt., Ltd., in June this year.
Homegrown ecommerce startup Snapdeal recently ended merger talks with rival ecommerce giant Flipkart last month as a part of their Snapdeal 2.0 strategy. Last month, Axis Bank, which is India’s third largest private sector bank acquired Snapdeal’s digital payments arm FreeCharge for $ 60 million. This acquisition gave the ecommerce startup a chance to remain independent. While reports suggested Snapdeal was also looking to off load its order fulfillment arm Unicommerce, Chief Executive Officer Kapil Makhija dismissed all rumors claiming the firm’s operations to be profitable and looking to expand.
Vulcan Express posted a revenue of Rs. 184 crores for the financial year 2016, which was a huge jump from the net revenue of Rs. 26. 7 crores for the financial year 2015. However, the company reported a Rs. 20 crores loss for the financial year 2016, up from Rs. 3.2 crores in 2015. Snapdeal was also said to be in talks with TVS Logistics, Gati and Peepul Capital to sell Vulcan Express in an estimated Rs. 90 crores to Rs. 120 crores deal.
Vulcan Express was launched in 2013 by Snapdeal after it failed to acquire GoJavas, a logistics firm in which the company had a 42% stake. Vulcan Express, which offers end to end logistics and supply chain solutions, used to handle more than 55% of Snapdeal’s deliveries. They acquired over 1 million square feet of warehouse space over the past four years and handled up to 250,000 shipments daily.