Bounce's FY22 loss narrows as job cuts pay off

Bounce was founded in 2014 by Vivekananda Hallekere, Varun Agni, and Anil G as an app-based platform for booking two-wheeler rentals. The company made a pivot to manufacturing electric vehicles with the launch of its electric scooter earlier this year.

Bounce's FY22 loss narrows as job cuts pay off

Thursday February 09, 2023,

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Two-wheeler e-mobility startup Bounce reported a narrower net loss for financial year 2021-22 as expenses—particularly employee benefits—declined.

Consolidated loss for the period ended March 31, 2022, was Rs 243.3 crore, compared with a loss of Rs 305.6 crore in the same year-earlier period.

Total expenses in the financial year fell 23% to Rs 276.8, mainly due to a 67% decline in employee benefit expenses. Bounce has been axing jobs since 2020, when COVID-19 hit, and has continued its headcount reduction in 2023.

In its latest round of layoffs in January 2023, the company laid off 5% of its total staff—40-50 employees—across customer support, finance and other teams.

"Bounce recently underwent an internal restructuring practice in a phased manner, which has impacted a small number of employees, mostly in the customer support teams," the company had told YourStory in a conversation.

In February 2021, two years ago, it had laid off 200 people, citing low demand for shared mobility.

In total, the company has cut its workforce by 80-90% over the last couple of years.

Bounce's total consolidated revenue fell 37% to Rs 33.46 crore in FY2022 as interest income nearly halved.

YourStory had exclusively reported that Bounce was in advanced talks to raise $20 million to $30 million at a flat or a lower valuation (about $500 million), mostly due to its multiple pivots and tough macroeconomic conditions.

The startup has raised close to $200 million to date. It raised $105 million in a Series D round in January 2020, just a few months before the pandemic hit.