- IPO seen as barometer for investor interest in sector
- Company is first of high-profile online retailers to go public
Infibeam Incorporation Ltd. plans to raise as much as 5.4 billion rupees ($81 million) in an initial public offering as it becomes the first of India’s high-profile online retailers to proceed to a share sale.
The company is offering 12.5 million shares in a book build at 360 rupees to 432 rupees apiece. Promoters and investors hold 42.7 million shares with the whole company valued at less than $400 million, the Ahmedabad-based company said.
Infibeam’s IPO could be a barometer for investor interest in Indian online retail, where operators including Flipkart Online Services Pvt., Snapdeal and Paytm Mobile Solutions Pvt. have all been valued at more than $1 billion but haven’t announced plans to go public. Those valuations have been spurred by surging smartphone penetration in India as millions access the Internet for the first time through their mobile devices.
In its draft prospectus, Infibeam said it incurred losses of about $1.4 million in the year ended March 2015. Between April and September 2015, however, it booked a profit of less than $1 million.
Online retailers are facing pressure from investors as they set out on further funding rounds, with venture capital firms questioning their discounting strategy and spending.
Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, was valued at $15 billion during its last fundraising in 2015.
Infibeam plans to use the IPO proceeds to set up data centers and logistics infrastructure.