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CarTrade IPO Subscription Window To Open On August 9

CarTrade is making a pure offer for sale (OFS) for 1,23,54,811 equity shares of the company

Startup founder Vinay Sanghi to remain managing director of CarTrade for next five years

SEBI has approved CarTrade request to raise INR 2,000 Cr through IPO

Mumbai-based online automobile marketplace CarTrade’s initial public offering will open on August 9 this year, with the subscription remaining open till August 11, according to the company’s IPO banker Axis Capital website

Earlier this week, CarTrader received an approval from SEBI to raise INR 2,000 Cr through public offerings. The startup had filed its draft red herring prospectus in May this year for a pure offer for sale (OFS) for 1,23,54,811 equity shares of the company. The offer constitutes 26.9% of the company’s post-offer paid-up equity share capital. 

Founded in 2009 by Vinay Sanghi, a former chief executive officer of Mahindra First Choice and Rajan Mehra, former country head of eBay, CarTrade is an Indian multi-channel automarket place, offering both new and used vehicle to customers through platforms such as CarTrade, Carwale, CarTradeExchange, Shriram Automall, Adroit Auto, Auto Biz, and  BikeWale. CarTrade group has over 40 OEMs, 15,000+ dealers and has 180 owned or franchise stores. CarTrade is the only profitable online automobile marketplace in the country. 

In terms of consolidated revenue, the startup has posted INR 318 Cr, which resulted in a net profit of INR 31.2 Cr in FY 20. The startup between April 20 to December 20 posted an income of INR 189.6 Cr with a net profit of INR 85 Cr. The company has been profitable since FY19. The startup posted a loss of INR 6.8 Cr in FY18. The startup’s expenses dropped to INR 162 Cr during the nine months ended in December 31, 2020 from INR 279.5 Cr in FY 20. 

The startup has raised $307 Mn to date. In terms of stakeholding, Warburg Pincus is the largest stakeholder holding 34.44% followed by Temasek’s 26.48% shareholding. Others such as JP Morgan holds 11.93%, March Capital holds 9.79%. The company’s founder Sanghi and his family hold 3.56% stake in CarTrade. 

The startup competes against the likes of Cars24, Cardekho, Mahindra First Choice, Droom, Spinny among others. Interestingly, Droom, which entered the unicorn club this week, is also preparing for an IPO. Droom raised $200 Mn at a valuation of $1.2 Bn and the company said it will finish the year with a net revenue of $65 Mn, up from $54 Mn last year. 

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