OYO sets a timeline of 5 years for IPO

26th Feb 2018
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OYO recently raised about $260 million in a funding round led by SoftBank, which included participation from all existing investors and new ones like China Lodging Group and Hero Enterprises.

Online hotel aggregator OYO Rooms has made a roadmap of going public with an IPO within five years, recent RoC filings by the company revealed.

The filings come two months after media reports quoting CEO, OYO, Ritesh Agarwal, denying any such plan. Last December, Ritesh was quoted by PTI, “For the time-being, we are in an early stage of the company and early stage of the market, so, for the time being, we are not commenting on any specific public offering plans”.

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Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, OYO Rooms

The filing was done post its announcement of its series D1 CCCPS round where it issued 1,291 shares at a price of $7,745.26 each.

A statement from OYO said, "OYO is currently at an early stage wherein we occupy 1.3% share of India's hotel market. Our near-term focus is to end 2018 with 5% market share and 180,000 exclusive keys while working towards our mission of creating beautiful living spaces for travellers. At this time, there's no plan for going public."

OYO recently raised about $260 million in a funding round led by SoftBank, which included participation from all existing investors and new ones like China Lodging Group and Hero Enterprises. The company is also backed by investors like the Lightspeed India, Greenoak Capital, Sequoia India, and Global Ivy ventures.

The company posted a 33 percent decline in its losses to Rs 330.9 crore for the year ended March 2017, according to filings with RoC. In FY16, Oravel Stays Private Limited had posted a loss of Rs 496.3 crore. Its revenues increased four times to Rs 87.2 crore in FY17 from Rs 17.5 crore in FY16. Even though its employee benefit costs, including salaries and wages, rose by 60.9 percent to Rs 194.3 crore in FY17 from Rs 120.7 crore in FY16, OYO Rooms reduced its overall expenses by 16.7 percent to Rs 433.16 crore, as against Rs 520.32 crore a year earlier.

The Softbank-backed budget hotel rooms aggregator is also planning to increase market share by expanding its hotel leasing operations. Oravel Stays Private Limited that runs Oyo rooms currently operates a handful of Oyo Townhouses in Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, and is planning to open about 250 such townhouses across India in different cities. The friendly neighbourhood mid-budget hotels, (Oyo Townhouse) are hotels that are managed and operated by Oyo on lease contracts offer rooms to tourists at prices starting from Rs 2,500.

Oyo Townhouses also employ Oyo employees that are being trained and certified by Oyo. The company started leasing hotels and guest houses under its programme called Oyo Flagship in a tactical shift from its pure-play online aggregation business in 2016. That was a shift from Oyo’s way of doing business by booking a part of the hotels’ inventory and holding it captive for Oyo customers.

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