Paytm extends deadline for shareholders to submit documents for share sale

Paytm parent company One 97 Communications is planning to launch an IPO, which is contemplated to include a fresh issue of equity shares and an offer-for-sale of shares by the existing shareholders.

Paytm has extended the deadline for shareholders, employees, and former employees to submit their documents by June 30 if they wish to sell their shares in the planned initial public offering (IPO) of the company.

One 97 Communications — the parent company of Paytm — is planning an IPO of its equity shares, which is contemplated to include a fresh issue of equity shares by the company and an offer-for-sale of equity shares by the existing shareholders of the company.

In a notice to its shareholders, Paytm said, "In the interest of providing additional time to our shareholders, due to the ongoing situation, to process all the documentation shared and dispatch them to us, we are extending the last date to submit documents for participation in the offer from June 22, 2021, to June 30, 2021."

The equity holders had expressed concern about the inability to meet the timeline of June 22 for submission of requisite documents, as per the notice.

Paytm shareholders include Alibaba's Ant Group (29.71 percent), Softbank Vision Fund (19.63 percent), Saif Partners (18.56 percent), and Vijay Shekhar Sharma (14.67 percent).

AGH Holding, T Rowe Price and Discovery Capital, and Berkshire Hathaway hold less than a 10 percent stake in the company.

Paytm has plans to raise up to Rs 12,000 crore by issuing fresh equity, for which it will seek shareholder's nod in an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on July 12.

The company will also seek approval to declassify Paytm Founder and Managing Director Vijay Shekhar as a promoter at the EGM.

Paytm will seek shareholders' approval to authorise Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm President and Group Chief Financial Officer Madhur Deora, CFO Vikas Garg, and Company Secretary Amit Khera to be authorised to execute and deliver any and all other documents, papers or instruments, issue and provide certificates, and carry out all activities required for the proposed offer.

According to a Bernstein report published on May 27, Paytm revenue may double by FY23 to over Rs 7,000 crore, with the non-payments segment contributing around 33 percent to the overall kitty.

With increased financial discipline and targeted strategic investments, Paytm is on track to break even in 12-18 months, the report said.

Edited by Suman Singh