Bangalore-based start-up Ola is preparing for an IPO in the first half of FY2021 – 2022. The company has already selected banks to manage its IPO to raise up to $1 billion. The selected banks include Kotak Mahindra Bank and Citigroup Inc.
With this decision, Ola will be joining a strong channel of Indian start-ups that are all ready to join the primary market in the coming months.
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A Closer Look into Ola IPO
As per reports, Ola has been preparing for an IPO since this financial year’s beginning. The company has also raised a substantial amount from Temasek and Warburg Pincus through a pre-IPO round.
With this move, the start-up is all set to join a clutch of companies like Paytm, CarTrade, PolicyBazaar, Mobikwik, and Nykaa, who are all set to debut in the primary market this year.
An anonymous source said that Ola has targeted for public listing by this fiscal year’s end. However, its plans can get delayed by a few months.
Moreover, Ola has also chosen Morgan Stanley for this listing, as per anonymous reports. The Bangalore-based cab aggregator could be looking at a valuation of $8 billion in the IPO.
However, this IPO’s timeline and size details are still in deliberation and could change with time. According to reports, more banks could be added later.
Ola Financials: All You Need to Know
Founded in 2010, Ola is an online ride-hailing platform connecting drivers with passengers across India. The company features a partnership with around 1.5 million drivers across 250 cities in India as well as abroad.
Along with its operations in India, Ola has also witnessed substantial growth in Australia, UK, and New Zealand.
Still wondering whether you should consider investing in the Ola IPO?
Read a few strengths and weaknesses of the company for a better understanding:
Potential strengths of Ola:
- Offers a comprehensive product line that comprises cars, bikes, and auto rides. It also provides outstation and car rental services.
- Uses strong data analytics to forecast demand and provide balanced car supply to customers in need.
- Ola started long back in 2010. This gives the company a first-mover advantage as compared to its rivals.
- The company is established with a high brand name across the nation.
- Uses a dynamic pricing model.
Potential weaknesses of Ola:
- Since the drivers are the sole operator of driving the brand name, the company’s business model executes no control over drivers.
- The operation totally depends on the internet, which may not be available in some areas and to few sects of people.
- Easily accessible to only tech-savvy people, that comprises only a small portion of India’s total population.
The mobility sector is still recovering amid the ongoing worldwide economic crisis. The cab-hailing industry is further forecasted to recover fully in the coming 4-5 months. Hence, the company’s top management believes that 2022 would be the best year for Oyo to bring forth its IPO.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Ola’s latest funding size?
Ola received a $500 million investment in a pre-IPO round.
- Who is the parent company of Ola?
Ola’s parent company is ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
- What is the current valuation of Ola?
Ola’s valuation, as of March 2021, is over $3.3 billion.