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Three months ago reports surfaced the international retail giant Walmart was looking to invest in homegrown ecommerce startup Flipkart. While sources suggested the deal may close as soon as March, but new reports hinted Seattle based ecommerce giant Amazon.com was also looking to make a bid for a potential investment in the company. Since then, there has been a continuous back and forth between Walmart and Amazon to finalize a record breaking deal.

Recently, a number of key Flipkart shareholders agreed to sell their stakes in the company to Walmart. However, sources close to the development said SoftBank, which is the largest shareholder in Flipkart, is holding out for a better price. In order to become the largest investor in the Bengaluru based company, Walmart Inc., has already reached an agreement with the New York based investment firm Tiger Global Management, the South African media conglomerate Naspers, the venture capital firm Accel and China’s Tencent Holdings. According to The Economic Times, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal may sell a part of their stake in the company as well. However, a new hurdle in the form of the ecommerce firm eBay, may hamper the deal.

Recode reported, Walmart may have to first work out a deal with eBay, a Flipkart investor and partner, in order to buy a majority stake in India’s online shopping site. eBay, which invested close to $ 500 million in Flipkart last year, has a 5% stake in the business and handed over its eBay India operation as a part of the deal. Along with the investment, the San Jose based firm also signed a four year exclusive commercial arrangement to partner with Flipkart. The four year exclusive commercial arrangement gave the merchants who sell on Flipkart access to more than 150 million new customers from eBay, while eBay sellers outside of India got access to a new group of consumers inside the country. In accordance with this agreement, Walmart may not be able to seal merchandise based deals with Flipkart, unless Walmart and eBay come to some agreement. Recode further added, according to one person familiar with the arrangement eBay can also take back control of the eBay India brand name if Flipkart is acquired.

On the other hand, SoftBank has reportedly remained relatively cold to overtures made by Walmart. The Japan based venture firm invested close to $ 2.5 billion in Flipkart last year after the failed merger deal between Flipkart and Snapdeal. According to a report by The Economic Times, SoftBank was offered a $ 10-12 billion valuation to purchase its shares in Flipkart. One of the sources also said, “Discussions with SoftBank are still ongoing. Most of the others have come aboard. In a deal like this, there are always ebbs and flows, but there is a time factor to consider as well.

Flipkart has slowly grown to become one of the most valued company in the Indian startup ecosystem. With close to 8,000 permanent employees, the company has made at least 10 acquisitions in the 10 years of its existence. The firm managed to establish itself in the ecommerce industry by introducing the “cash on delivery” payment method, one of the biggest factors for its success.

 

Note: This article will be updated as and when we get further information.

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Yatra Online Keen On Raising 9 Mn Shares Worth $ 50 Mn

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Yatra Online which is one of the leading online travel companies of India announced its plans to launch a public offering of ordinary shares. The company revealed its plans to sell an enormous nine million ordinary shares of the company as it is keen on raising an estimated $ 50 million (Rs. 332.6 crores,) specifically for its business development. All the ordinary shares would be sold in the offering by Yatra. Ordinary shares are basically the shares in a company that are owned by people who have a right to vote in the company’s meetings. The shareholders receive a part of the company’s profits after the holders of preference shares have been paid. In addition, Yatra expects to grant the underwriters a 30 day option for the purchase of its ordinary shares. In a statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC,) the Nasdaq listed Online Travel Agency (OTA) said it plans to use the earnings from the public market sale of shares toward general corporate and business purposes.

The announcement comes a month after Yatra filed a shelf registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, stating its target to raise $ 100 million over a span of three years . Last year, the company had filed an offer for sale of shares in order to raise $ 60 million.

The CFO of Yatra.com Alok Vaish said this is a universal shelf or an enabling filing which allows us to raise funds up to $100 mn, if required, over a period of next 3 years. The security could be equity, debt, preferred shares etc. However, currently, we are well funded and this filing will enable us to raise more funds at the right time to increase our capital base further.

At present, Yatra.com is the second largest online travel agent company in India. Based in Gurugram, India, Yatra is a one stop shop for all travel related services. It provides information, pricing, availability and booking facility for domestic and international air travel, domestic and international hotel bookings, packages, buses, trains and many more. Yatra Online is currently aligned with more than 70,000 hotels in India. Alongside, Yatra holds nearly 800,000 hotels across the globe. This famous OTA is backed by IDG Ventures, Vertex Venture Management, Norwest Venture Partners among other investors.

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After Swiggy, Zomato Is In Talks For $ 400 Mn Funding!

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Swiggy, the food tech startup’s recent fundraising has caught everybody’s attention! The online food delivery startup Swiggy secured a massive $ 210 million from the South African technology conglomerate Naspers and the Yuri Milner led DST Global. Just a day after the announcement was made Zomato, its competitor started making news for the right reasons! Zomato is likely to raise $ 400 million in funding. According to reports,the Indian restaurant search and food delivery service Zomato, is in talks with its current investors, Ant Financial and Temasek, for a valuation of around $ 2 billion. It is also said that the company is in talks with the Alibaba Group for the existing funding round that could value Zomato between $ 1.6-$ 2 billion. Alongside, food services and facilities management company Sodexo, has partnered with the online restaurant discovery platform, Zomato to facilitate payments for orders. As a part of the launch, consumers who pay for their meals using the Sodexo Meal Pass will get a flat 50 % off on the first five orders from Zomato. It is also gearing up and trying to expand as much as possible in order to improve its competitiveness with regard to Swiggy. Earlier this month, Zomato also announced its expansion in Ludhiana and Lucknow after servicing a spread out across 17 cities in India. The delivery app has partnered with more than 1000 restaurants across Lucknow and Ludhiana, ranging from the city’s favourite, legendary restaurants to the coolest of the cafes in town!

Zomato, valued at $ 1 billion, has operations in countries overseas including the United States, Britain and Australia. So far it raised $ 225 million from investors including Temasek, Sequoia and Info Edge. Whereas, Swiggy is valued at $ 1.3 billion which makes the startup now among the unicorn club. These two rivals are combating to become the number one food tech company in India.

The war between the food tech startups is only getting intense by the day.

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Myntra Launches Its Own Wearable Platform

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The online fashion platform Myntra which is owned by the e commerce giant Flipkart, recently launched its software platform specifically for wearable devices. The wearable platform is called Myntra Wearable Platform which is developed by Myntra’s innovation labs unit. This online platform will offer its own line of wearable products as well as those developed by third party device makers. Just two months ago, Myntra acquired the Bengaluru based smart wearables startup, Witworks. Looks like the launch of the latest wearable platform was on Myntra’s cards already!

According to reports, the Chief Technology Officer of Myntra, Jeyandran Venugopal said,

The intent behind this platform is to not only allow our wearable products to co exist and leverage each other’s data to provide meaningful insights but also enable external developers to build apps or device manufacturers to integrate their own offerings to the platform

The platform would also allow wearable devices that could discover and talk to each other.

Myntra Blink Go Fitness Tracker, Myntra’s first smart wearable device.

The smart wearable device Blink Go, features a colour organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, heart rate sensor and activity tracker as well. The device tracks notifications, alerts and sleep patterns. Blink Go comprises of a sports mode to track specific exercise and workout routines. Other specifications include a battery life for more than three days, activity tracker and leaderboard to compete with friends across the world. This smart wearable device would be available for the latest versions of Android and iOS devices.

Blink Go would go on sale on 22 June during the Myntra’s End of Reason Sale. The product is priced at Rs. 1,679.

Venugopal added we are looking at building a line of wearable products that can complement with each other in an integrated manner. We are planning to bring in smart features through a combination of varied sensors and connectivity modules for audio wear, footwear, eyewear and apparels and are looking at acquiring 10 to 20 % of the wearables market over the next three years.

With technology reaching new heights, Myntra is aspiring to enter into the tech platform with its innovative products!

 

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