[Funding alert] ixigo raises $53M from GIC, Infoedge, others in pre-IPO funding round

Ahead of the IPO, the Gurugram-based company undertook a capital restructuring and increased its authorised share capital to Rs 50 crore from Rs 30 lakh, sources said.
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Leading travel app ixigo has raised $53 million through a combination of primary and secondary issuance of shares from investors, led by the Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, ahead of its proposed initial public offering, according to a regulatory filing.

Apart from GIC, other investors include Infoedge Venture Funds, White Oak, Bay Capital, Orios Venture Partners, Trifecta Capital, and Malabar Investments, as per the filing to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Infoedge has been a top investor in private companies, including Zomato that just completed a mega IPO and got listed last week with 68 percent gains on debt, and the IPO-bound Policybazaar.

Of the latest investment of $53 million, $36 million is against primary shares.

While GIC is the top long-term public market anchor investor and its investment strengthens ixigo's positioning leading up to the initial public offering (IPO); Malabar, White Oak and Bay Capital are active pre-IPO investors.

From L-R, Rajnish Kumar and Aloke Bajpai.

ixigo has weathered the coronavirus pandemic well and managed to grow despite most travel companies being at under half of FY20 revenues in FY21.

It is planning a Rs 1,500-1,800-crore public float and is expected to file the DRHP shortly.

Ahead of the IPO, the Gurugram-based company undertook a capital restructuring and increased its authorised share capital to Rs 50 crore from Rs 30 lakh, sources said.

ixigo is backed by marquee investors such as Sequoia Capital India, Fosun RZ, Elevation Capital, and Micromax Informatics.

Launched in 2007 by Rajnish Kumar and Aloke Bajpai, Co-founders of ixigo, the company is focused on empowering travellers to plan, book and manage their travels by leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science-led innovations.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Gurugram, the company has a user base of over 250 million.

ixigo is an artificial intelligence-based travel app focused on empowering travellers to plan, book and manage their travels.

This February, ixigo had acquired the Bengaluru-based online train discovery and booking platform Confirmtkt, for an undisclosed amount.

Edited by Kanishk Singh

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