Paytm’s lacklustre debut

Paytm's IPO comprised a fresh issue of equity shares worth Rs 8,300 crore, and an OFS (offer for sale) by existing shareholders such as Ant Financial, Alibaba, Elevation Capital, Saif Partners, and Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma worth Rs 10,000 crore.
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Good Morning,

You can love it, you can hate it, but you can't escape it.

That was the sentiment in the Indian markets and the startup landscape on Thursday as One97 Communications, Paytm’s parent company, marked its debut on the Indian stock exchanges at a 9 percent discount to its final IPO pricing.

The stock — at an issue price of Rs 2,150 — opened on the NSE at Rs 1,950 and the BSE at Rs 1,955. By around 11:18 am, prices were down by as much as 22.5 percent. During the day, the stock plunged further and closed at Rs 1,560, over 27.4 percent below the issue price. 

Compared to a lot of recent startups that have made their way to the capital markets, Paytm's IPO saw a tepid response from investors. It was subscribed just 1.89 times, versus the likes of Nykaa and Zomato that saw double-digit oversubscription.

Brokerage firm Macquarie Research cut Paytm’s target price by 40 percent from its issue price to Rs 1,200 apiece. 

It said, "Competition and regulation will drive down unit economics and/or growth prospects in the medium term in our view. Unless PayTM lends, it can’t make significant money by merely being a distributor. We, therefore, question its ability to achieve scale with profitability.”

Paytm's IPO comprised a fresh issue of equity shares worth Rs 8,300 crore, and an OFS (offer for sale) by existing shareholders such as Ant Financial, Alibaba, Elevation Capital (Saif Partners), and Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma worth Rs 10,000 crore.


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