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Zomato files IPO for Rs 8,250 crore

Food delivery startup Zomato, backed by China's Ant Group, has filed for an initial public offering of up to Rs 8,250 crore ($1.11 billion), as consumers increasingly turn to ordering food online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launched in 2008, Zomato is one of India's most prominent startups. It is present in 24 countries and employs more than 5000 people, according to its website. In February, the company raised $250 million from five investors including hedge fund Tiger Global Management for a post-money valuation of 5.4 billion US dollars.

According to draft papers submitted to India's market regulator on Wednesday, Zomato's offering will comprise a fresh issue of shares worth up to Rs 7,500 crore. The company said it intends to use the proceeds to fund growth initiatives and general corporate purposes.

The company, along with domestic rival Swiggy, backed by Accel, dominates the Indian food delivery market, which research firm RedSeer estimates is worth $4.2 billion

Top shareholder Info Edge will sell shares worth Rs 750 crore in the IPO.  The company, along with domestic rival Swiggy, backed by Accel, dominates the Indian food delivery market, which research firm RedSeer estimates is worth $4.2 billion.

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