Sanjeev Bhikchandani-led Info Edge has lost ₹9,491 crore ($1.2 billion) in its investment in tech startups Zomato and PolicyBazaar since their stock market debut. The development comes as tech and startup stocks underwent a meltdown in the last few months.
According to Business Insider’s calculations, the Naukri.com and Jeevansathi.com’s parent company has made ₹12,656 crore ($1.6 billion) on its investment in the two companies as of May 30. This investment however was once worth more than twice of what they’re now worth —- at ₹22,148 crore ($2.8 billion), as per their listin day valuations.
Notably, Info Edge owns 15.23% stake in restaurant aggregator business Zomato and 13.3% stake in financial services company PB Fintech, which is the parent company of PolicyBazaar and PaisaBazaar.
Zomato’s shares listed at a premium of 51% as its shares opened at ₹116 in July 2022. Its market cap was at ₹98,211 crore on the closing bell on the first day of listing, down from the ₹100,000 crore mark it breached earlier in the day.
The company’s market cap has halved since then to ₹56,060 crore, as of May 30. At the peak of Zomato’s stock price, Info Edge’s shareholding in the company was valued at ₹20,190 crore.
PB Fintech — which offers insurance and loan facilities to customers — listed on the stock exchange at a premium of 17% on the Indian stock market on November 15, 2021. Its market cap was ₹54,070 crore on the closing bell on the day of market debut, versus ₹30,970 crore on May 30.
Info Edge is also an investor in other initial public offering (IPO)-bound compa2 has not been a gnies like ixigo and Shiprocket.
The year 202reat one for these tech stocks, which made their debut on the stock market only last year. Besides Zomato and PB Fintech, others like Paytm and Nykaa have also faced a significant drop in their share price and market capitalization ever since the startup of 2022.
One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, was not doing great in 2021 but 2022 was somehow even worse when it 52.13% of its share price and marketcap this year. The company’s valuation has eroded over 75% ever since its listing in November 2021.
Nykaa was off to a good start last year as the company managed to double investors’ money on the day of listing. However, it has too been on a downwards trajectory this year as it witnessed over 27% dip in its share price in 2022.
Info Edge’s share price also fell nearly 32% since the start of this year.