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Nykaa Set to Join the IPO Bandwagon

05 August 20224 mins read by Angel One
Nykaa Set to Join the IPO Bandwagon
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A Brief Overview

Known for being the country’s most successful beauty retailer, Nykaa is set to potentially file its initial public offering (or IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (or SEBI) by submitting its red herring draft prospectus (or RHDP) as soon as early next month. This would allow for the company to be listed in the March quarter.

Nykaa’s gains have been significant – owed to a sharp rise in its online sales which have increased during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Falguni Nayar, Nykaa’s founder who previously served as an investment banker founded the company in 2012 and designed it to primarily cater to women.

Nykaa’s Upcoming IPO and Expansion Thus Far

Nykaa will retain the size of its public offering which is set to amount to a value lying between USD 500 – USD 700 million.

As of 2015 Nykaa has established an offline presence as well and has within its fold 80 stores that are home to high-end brands including but not limited to Chloé, Dior, Elie Saab, Jimmy Choo among others.

2019 saw Nykaa acquire clothing company Twenty Dresses in a bid to secure a foothold within the world of apparel.

2021 saw itself acquire Pipa Bella, an affordable fashion jewelry brand designing contemporary pieces.

With each of these acquisitions, Nykaa seeks to establish its offline expansionary goals this year with a vision to launch 40 more stores in the coming years. More companies such as Pipa Bella are set to be acquired and added.

Financial Performance and Positions

Listed below are relevant features highlighting the financial performance and position of Nykaa over the past few years.

Financial Performance in FY 2018-2019 and FY 2019-2020 – Nykaa has continued to be a profitable company since FY 2019 where it accrued  revenue of INR 1,160.98 Crores and listed its expenses as INR 1,157 Crores. In FY 2020, Nykaa saw its revenues surpass its previous year’s earnings and amounted to INR 1,860 Crore and managed to retain its profit at the same level. Its net profit for FY 2019 amounted to INR 2.31 Crores whereas for FY 2020 its profit prior to taxation amounted to INR 94 Crores.

Position – Nykaa serves as the country’s leading online retail provider for women’s beauty needs and beyond. It presently has approximately 15 million registered users and fulfills around 1.5 million orders each month. Over 5000 brands and 1,30,000 products are made accessible to each of these users.

Valuation – Previously valued at USD 3 billion in January this year, Nykaa is now looking to list itself at a valuation of USD 4.5 billion.

Investors – March 2020 saw Nykaa acquire capital amounting to USD 25 million via funding led by Steadview Capital. Fidelity Investments too is believed to have invested approximately USD 1.8 billion in Nykaa in November last year.

Other Pertinent Information

Nykaa has been able to secure a top position for itself by focusing on beauty and personal care regimes which makes it stand out from other e-commerce companies presently dominating the market like Flipkart and Amazon.

Morgan Stanley and Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. have been appointed as the managers responsible for overseeing Nykaa’s initial public offering.

Nykaa is one of several Indian unicorn startups seeking to go public. Flipkart, Groffers, Paytm, and Pepperfry, for instance, each seeks to establish themselves as publicly listed companies however what differentiates Nykaa from the list is its profitability which the previously mentioned companies presently lack.

Concluding Thoughts

Nykaa’s elevated profitability in the last financial year indicates its ability to retain said profits. The fact that its revenue is expected to multiply this year owed to increased online shopping taking place is promising.

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