Makemytrip has raised $180mn from Ctrip.com International, Ltd, a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China.
Upon completion of the transaction, Ctrip will invest US$180 million in MakeMyTrip through convertible bonds. In addition, MakeMyTrip has granted Ctrip permission to acquire MakeMyTrip shares in the open market, so that combined with shares convertible under the convertible bonds, Ctrip may beneficially own up to 26.6% of MakeMyTrip’s outstanding shares. Upon completion of the investment, Ctrip will acquire the right to appoint a director to the MakeMyTrip board of directors.
The Company will focus on further strengthening its leading market share in the Indian online travel market by offering customers the best mobile booking experience across its full service travel products platform, especially as rising smart-phone penetration is driving an inflection point in India’s online travel opportunity.
Ctrip CEO and Co-Founder, James Liang commented, “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the strategic relationship between Ctrip and MakeMyTrip. Through this transaction, Ctrip has now gained exposure to India’s fast growing online travel market.”
This deal gives MMT enough horse power to take on Nasper’s Goibibo and others.