Flipkart valuation downgraded by Morgan Stanley 3rd time in 6 months

Morgan Stanley values its Flipkart holdings at $84.3 a share as of 30 June, some 4% lower from the preceding quarter


Flipkart is also under pressure to cut losses, which are estimated to have increased significantly last year. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Flipkart is also under pressure to cut losses, which are estimated to have increased significantly last year. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Bangalore: Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund Trust, one of the mutual fund investors in Flipkart, has marked down its estimate of the company’s valuation for the third consecutive time in the past six months.

Morgan Stanley values its Flipkart holdings at $84.3 a share as of 30 June, some 4% lower from the preceding quarter, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Morgan Stanley valued Flipkart shares at $142.2 a share as of June 2015, filing show. Flipkart had last raised a financing round in the middle of last year when it bagged a valuation of $15 billion.

Morgan Stanley’s markdown implies that it estimates Flipkart is now valued at around $9 billion.

The Economic Times reported the news earlier.

The mutual fund investor had cut the value of its Flipkart’s holdings by 15.5% (sequentially) at the end of the quarter ended 31 March and by 27% (sequentially) at the end of the quarter ended 31 December.

Flipkart didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Flipkart’s markdown is part of a bigger trend among technology start-ups. Investors in the US have marked down valuations of start-ups such as Uber, Snapchat, Dropbox and others because of concerns over losses, slowdown in sales growth and other reasons.

Apart from Morgan Stanley, four other mutual fund investors have also marked down Flipkart’s valuation this year.

Flipkart is battling slowing sales growth that have led to market share losses to arch-rival Amazon India. The company is also under pressure to cut losses, which are estimated to have increased significantly last year.

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