Swedish investment company Kinnevik has acquired an additional $20 million (roughly Rs. 127 crores) stake in online classifieds website Quikr
through a secondary share purchase that values the company at $900 million (roughly Rs. 5,760 crores).
Quikr was valued at $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6394 crores) earlier this year
in an index of venture-backed private companies that includes tech unicorns like Flipkart, Ola Cabs, InMobi, Snapdeal, One97 Communications and Zomato Media.
"The size of the transactions, approximately 6 percent of the company's diluted share capital, is considered sufficiently large to be applied to Kinnevik's entire shareholding in Quikr. The valuation of Quikr has been based on the value implied by transactions made in secondary Quikr shares with various preferential rights in July 2015 at $900 million," Kinnevik's Q2 2015 regulatory filing states.
"In July 2015, Kinnevik acquired an additional $20 million interest in Quikr through a secondary share purchase which resulted in Kinnevik becoming the largest shareholder in Quikr. The purchase is consistent with Kinnevik's goal of owning more of its highest potential companies and reflects the continued progress of Quikr in what remains an exciting market," the filing added.
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Kinnevik's investment page on Quikr states that it has a 16 percent stake in the company, while a news report states
that it has an 18 percent stake. Quikr declined to comment on the specifics of the deal.
"It shows the depth and maturity of not just our business but also of the Indian internet industry. A secondary deal of this nature demonstrates that there are multiple shareholders - outsiders as well as insiders - who want to buy shares of the company even when the company itself doesn't need more capital. Hence it shows the capital efficiency as well as attractiveness of a business. Further, this deal also enabled us to bring to India some investors that have never invested in the country before." reads Quikr's official statement mailed to NDTV Gadgets.
Launched in 2008, Quikr launched as an online classifieds website and was previously a subsidiary of eBay. According to Kinnevik's website, the platform has over 30 million unique users from 940 Indian cities. The firm was in the news
earlier this month when rumours of a buyout of Housing.com did the rounds, a deal that would have catapulted the startup to the billion dollar unicorn club.
Earlier this year, Quikr launched a text messaging service called Quikr Nxt
, which lets users chat using the website or mobile app. Quikr's $150 million (roughly Rs. 959 crores) Series H funding round in April this year was led by Tiger Global, Steadview Capital, and Kinnevik.