It almost feels like Rakhi Sawant’s swayamvar, just that this time we might be debating about the ecommerce store she ordered her clothes from (isn’t Amazon launching its apparel category this month?).
Now that Flipkart/Myntra merger is doing the rounds again, we ask how much is Myntra worth? $250mn? $350mn? We can never really be sure, but it’s worth noting that the two companies have common investors and it might be in their interest to stop them fighting each other.
Common Investors + Margin Boost?
Accel has been known to be a M&A friendly Investor. Take a look at the past:
For Flipkart, Apparel is the NextBigWhat category to crack and the company has been trying to catch up with Myntra, which is a market leader in the category. Although apparel is a high margin business, the war between the two would mean large discounts and paying a lot of money to Google for search engine marketing, at the expense of investors.
Flipkart & Myntra : The Common Investors
Tiger Global, Accel Partners and Sofina are common investors in Flipkart and Myntra. It would have cost them all a fortune if the two had continued to battle it out while Amazon on one end and Snapdeal on the other (Snapdeal recently raised $133.7mn led by eBay)
As we’d written before, there are synergies between the two companies that could make this acquisition work for them (though important to note that Myntra is a pure-inventory model, while Flipkart is a marketplace).
And both Flipkart and Myntra are also notching up losses as their revenues go up. It really isn’t such a bad idea for the two to merge and gain from the scale.
Myntra : Far Far Away From Profitability?
Myntra posted Rs 134 cr loss on a topline of Rs 212 cr for the year ending 31 March 2013. In the year before (2012), Myntra’s revenues were Rs 67 cr and losses were Rs 51 cr. Flipkart, on the other hand reported a loss of Rs 281.7 crore in the year ended March 2013, up from Rs 109.9 cr in the previous year.
Both companies will also save costs as they begin to source from the same vendors (avoid competition) and Myntra’s connect with brands will also work in Flipkart’s favor.
Myntra closed a series F round in February 2014. Table below shows how much each investor funneled into Myntra.
Total Amount Paid Incl. Premium
Rs 31 Crore
IDG Ventures India
Rs 9 Crore
Accel Growth FII
Rs 9 Crore
PI Opportunities Fund – I
Rs 155 Crore
Rs 99 Crore
Here’s a look at how sales and losses have grown at Myntra.
FY12 – FY13*
YoY Growth (%)
Sales & other income
Losses after Tax
*Rupees in Thousand
Given that after Series F, there isn’t a lot of equity to play around with, merger with Flipkart is probably the only option (there are very few other options for Myntra to explore a merger synergy with, now that eBay is in bed with Snapdeal)).
What about Myntra Valuation?
No brainer that the merger would be a cash-and-stock deal with Myntra founders getting stake in Flipkart and Flipkart acquiring the vendor/brands/operations of Myntra (though we’d expect Myntra to operate independently)..
Myntra’s last round of funding, i.e. $50mn two months ago was at a valuation of $200mn and unless investors are pushing for another round, the valuation won’t go beyond $250-$275mn.
Having said that, the combined entity might raise another round of funding and that’d mean a valuation of ~$300-$350mn.
What are your thoughts?
Myntra Funding : Timeline
February 2014: $50 mn from Premji Invest, Belgian Private equity firm Sofina and existing investors. At the time it was reportedly valued at $200 mn.
February 2012: $25 mn from Tiger Global, Accel Partners.
November 2010: $14 mn series B led by Accel Partners.
November 2008: $5 mn from NEA- IUV, IDG Ventures, Accel.
Launched in 2007, by IIT alumni Mukesh Bansal, Ashutosh Lawania and Vineet Saxena, Myntra had started out as an online personalised merchandising solution to companies before it revamped to its current model in 2011.
(With inputs from Team NextBigWhat)