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Nykaa’s growing BPC segment; BYJU'S delays FnF settlements

Nykaa says its per capita consumption for its beauty and personal care segment in $80 compared to the national average of $15.

Nykaa’s growing BPC segment; BYJU'S delays FnF settlements

Tuesday September 19, 2023 , 5 min Read

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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about 

  • Nykaa’s growing BPC segment 
  • BYJU’S delays FnF settlements
  • Ankur Capital’s investment plans 

Here’s your trivia for today: What is a group of pandas known as?


Ecommerce 

Nykaa’s growing BPC segment

beauty, personal care, Nykaa, makeup, skincare

Image credit: Shutterstock

The per capita consumption in Nykaa’s beauty and personal care (BPC) segment is $80, around five times the national average, said Falguni Nayar, Managing Director and CEO of the beauty retailer, during the company's 11th annual general meeting (AGM) on September 18.

India’s per capita consumption for the BPC segment currently stands at $15 and is expected to reach $50 by 2030. 

In trend:

  • According to Nayar, India is expected to become the third-largest consumer market by 2030.
  • For fashion, India's per capita consumption, which stands at $54, is expected to reach $160 by 2030, based on the trajectory of developed markets. Nykaa's customers currently spend $130 on fashion.
  • The company posted a 24% increase in operating revenue to Rs 1,421 crore in the first quarter of FY24, up from Rs 1,148 crore in the same period last year. 


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Amount:  $20M

Round: Undisclosed

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Amount: $3.5M

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Amount: $2.2M

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Edtech

BYJU’S delays FnF settlements

BYJU'S

Edtech startup BYJU'S has postponed the full and final (FnF) settlement for employees recently laid off due to various challenges, including a liquidity crunch, according to people familiar with the development.

“We regret and acknowledge the delays in settling dues of former employees. As we work through a difficult business restructuring, we are committed to meeting all our obligations as soon as possible,” a BYJU’S spokesperson said in response to YourStory’s queries.

Cash crunch:

  • The Bengaluru-based company in June had laid off more than 1,000 employees, who were to receive their pending salaries as part of their FnF settlements by September 15. 
  • BYJU’S has been working towards repaying the debt associated with a $1.2 billion term loan B (TLB). 
  • It is also exploring the sale of two of its assets—Epic and Great Learning—to generate at least $800 million.


Venture capital

Ankur Capital’s investment plans 

funding

Early-stage venture capital firm Ankur Capital is expecting the first close of its third fund in December and is looking to make two to three investments this financial year, Zahin Hussain, President of Partnerships at Ankur Capital, said. 

The update on Ankur’s $150 million fund comes at a time when VC funding into Indian startups has slowed down. 

The roadmap:

  • Founded in 2014 by Ritu Verma and Rema Subramanian, Ankur Capital backs science-driven startups solving real-life challenges and currently has 22 startups in its portfolio.
  • From its first fund—which reached its final close in 2016—the VC firm has exited from seven companies. 
  • It will back around 25 companies from its third fund, and while initial cheque sizes will be in the range of $1-2 million, it will do follow-ons of up to $10 million in a company, Subramanian said. 


News & updates

  • Tumbling stocks: Novo Nordisk's shares fell on Monday after financial news agency MarketWire reported that US drug regulators had recently issued a report detailing quality control lapses at the group's Clayton, North Carolina plant.
  • Online search: The US Justice Department on Monday questioned a Verizon executive about the company's decision to always pre-install Google's Chrome browser with Google Search on its mobile phones, as the government sought to show that Alphabet's Google broke antitrust law to maintain its dominance in online search.
  • Microsoft Windows: Microsoft's Pavan Davuluri will lead a team focused on Windows software, devices portfolio, and semiconductor chips, the company said while announcing the departure of longtime product chief Panos Panay on Monday.


What is a group of pandas known as?

Answer: An embarrassment. Other collective panda nouns include pack, bamboo, bunch, and cupboard.


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