“It is a watershed moment for the Indian markets—Zomato becomes the first major startup to get listed which will pave the way for many other such listings. Zomato is a technology enabled food aggregator platform that connects customers, restaurant partners, and delivery partners, serving their multiple needs", said Aditya Kondawar, COO, JST Investments
The number of orders on their platform has increased from 3.06 cr in FY18 to 40.31 cr in FY20 and 15.52 Cr in FY21. The average order value has increased from ₹279 in FY20 to ₹398 in 9MFY21 and the discounts have also reduced per order from ₹21.7 to ₹7.3 in 9MFY21.
Zomato has seen a rapid rise in revenue across business verticals over the past few months. It clocked ₹1,367 crore in revenues for the first three quarters of FY21. The food-tech company’s expenses were about ₹1,724 crore, which resulted in a loss of ₹684 crore.
As of 31 December, Zomato had 3,50,174 active restaurant listings. In terms of table bookings, 12.2 million covers were booked through its platform in fiscal 2020. On an average, in fiscal 2020, Zomato had 131,233 active food delivery restaurants every month.
“The numbers are working in Zomato’s favour as the AOV has increased, discounts have decreased and per unit economics are looking good in 9MFY21.However the metrics improvement is thanks to the delivery sector becoming a necessity from a luxury. At the same time, NRAI has stepped up the pressure against aggregators by announcing their own app, emergence of new age aggregators such as Thrive, Peppo , DotPe, etc and Amazon also doing food delivery in Bangalore. The business is a cash guzzling one", Kondawar adds
Mint reported on Tuesday that Zomato is eyeing an increase in valuation for its upcoming IPO from around $8 billion to up to $10 billion against the backdrop of a rapid increase in online food-ordering, restaurant-bookings, and subscriptions for Zomato Pro businesses, which in turn has caused a significant increase in demand from potential investors for Zomato’s shares.