BigBasket raises $150 mn

BigBasket raises $150 mn

Online grocer raises fund from UAE-based Abraaj Group

BigBasket raises $150 mn

Bengaluru-based online grocer BigBasket has raised $150 million in fresh funding from The Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in global growth markets.

The capital raise saw the entry of new investors such as the International Finance Corporation and Sands Capital and participation from existing investors like Bessemer Venture Partners, Helion Advisors, Zodius Capital and Ascent Capital. 

The UAE-based Abraaj in a statement said, “The funding marks the Group’s third investment into the global eCommerce market, following its acquisition of stakes in Turkish online retailer Hepsiburada and Dubai-based mobile application taxi service Careem.”

Abraaj has been present in India since 2006, and the partnership with BigBasket marks its third investment in India over the past five months, with previous transactions, including Care Hospitals and the development of a gigawatt scale renewable energy platform in partnership with the Aditya Birla Group.

Founded in 2011, BigBasket currently operates in eight metro cities and 10 tier-II cities. The company sells over 19,000 products across 1,000 brands, including fruits, vegetables, meat, beverages and personal care products.

“BigBasket.com averages five million monthly unique visitors and executes over one million orders per month. The company’s mobile application has been downloaded by more than a million users. BigBasket is continuing to deliver strong growth, with a five-fold increase in monthly revenues over the last 18 months, supported by supply chain optimisation and an increased proportion of high margin private label products. Own brand products currently account for 33% of revenue and are projected to reach 40% by the end of this year,” the statement added.

The proceeds of this round of fundraising will be used to finance BigBasket’s growth through further penetration into existing markets, expansion into tier II cities across India, scaling-up of its recently launched express delivery and speciality store business that caters to top-up and emergency purchases, and increasing the product range offered to customers.

VS Sudhakar, Co-Founder of Big Basket, said, “We intend to increase the reach of our just-launched one-hour express delivery service and also launch our marketplace for speciality stores in the coming months.”

 This coupled with an expansion in our range of private label products will create a solid foundation for growth in both revenue and profitability.”

"BigBasket.com averages five million monthly unique visitors and executes over one million orders per month. The company's mobile application has been downloaded by more than a million users," the statement said.Abraaj also said BigBasket is continuing to deliver strong growth, with a five-fold increase in monthly revenues over the last 18 months, supported by supply chain optimisation and an increased proportion of high margin private label products. Own brand products currently account for 33% of revenue and are projected to reach 40% by the end of this year.

"The proceeds of this round of fundraising will be used to finance BigBasket's growth through further penetration into existing markets, expansion into tier-II cities across India, scaling-up of its recently launched express delivery and specialty store business that caters to top-up and emergency purchases, and increasing the product range offered to customers," the statement said.Commenting on the investment, Omar Lodhi, Partner and Head of Asia for The Abraaj Group, said the Group "will leverage its strong experience in the consumer sector to enable BigBasket to further enhance its strong domestic position."The Abraaj Group has been present in Asia for over a decade and deployed USD 1.4 billion in the region to date in a range of sectors including healthcare, financial services, logistics, consumer goods, and food and beverage.

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