To market or not to market? Falguni Nayar has the answer

Traffic, transactions — and revenue grew for Nykaa in FY 2021, even after it reduced marketing and advertising expenses. Now, its CEO is changing gears.

Good Morning,

In 2019, it dawned upon Falguni Nayar that Nykaa was ready for a public listing. However, COVID-19 forced her to reevaluate her plans. 

With consumer footfall falling by nearly 60 percent and the restrictions limiting Nykaa to operate from only 80 stores, the company had to make drastic cuts in marketing and advertising expenses in FY21 — lowering it by 16 percent to Rs 170 crore.

However, the pandemic brought millions of Indians online, and despite the beauty and personal platform cutting its marketing and advertising expenses, almost 97 percent of its gross merchandise value (GMV) was transacted online — with the site clocking 658.9 million visits in FY21.

This led Nykaa CEO to shift gears. In the quarter ended September 2021, the marketing and advertisement expenses increased to 13.7 percent of the operational revenue. 

"In a very conscious manner, we are (now) increasing our marketing spends because they were artificially depressed in the first half of FY 2021 and the period of COVID impact," the self-made billionaire told equity analysts on November 15, 2021.

Nykaa got listed on November 10, opening at Rs 2,018 as against the issue price of Rs 1,125. Being listed for 12 days, Nykaa has been trading at a premium of 77.3 percent against its lowest price of Rs 1,994.1. 

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