Did Zomato Buy Blinkit To Offset Its Losses from Online Food Delivery?
Online food delivery platform Zomato, which saw its stock tumbling below its IPO (initial public offer) price, as India reopened and retail food industry came back on track, had acquired quick-commerce grocery delivery platform Blinkit for a whopping Rs4,447 crore—about US$568mn (million). Will this acquisition change its future prospects?
Zomato already owned more than 9% stake in Blinkit (earlier Grofers). While the earlier Blinkit deal was valued around $700 million, the drop in Zomato's share price reduced it to $568 million.
Zomato's stock is hovering around Rs70, after sliding to nearly Rs50 (it opened at Rs76 during its mega IPO last year).
According to market experts, Zomato is facing severe cash-flow problems as its operational cost is running quite high.
Zomato founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Deepinder Goyal said on Friday that he is not getting into the quick commerce market because growth in food delivery is now saturating.
"Food delivery has a long runway ahead. In FY22, our Adjusted Revenue grew by 109% over FY21 and we expect healthy growth to continue going forward," he noted.
According to him, quick commerce is a natural extension of Zomato's food delivery business.
"How is it a natural extension? Because it is also a hyperlocal business, just like food delivery. And, because it also caters to a need for quick delivery of products for our customers. Quick commerce will help us increase the customer wallet share spent on our platform and also drive higher frequency and engagement from our customers," he said in a company statement.
Zomato has grown at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 86% in the past four years to an adjusted revenue of US$710mn (million) "while the adjusted EBITDA margin has improved from (153 per cent) in FY19 to (18%) in FY22."
The acquisition came as the quick commerce (10-minute delivery) segment is brewing with new hope as people prefer groceries and other home essentials at their doorsteps within no time after making an online order.
Start-ups like Swiggy Instamart, Zepto and Reliance-backed Dunzo, among others, are trying to defy the current slowdown, as they add more goods and daily essentials to their kitty and deliver them to their customers.
In December 2021, Swiggy announced that it would pour US$700mn into Instamart.
Last month, 10-minute delivery platform Zepto raised US$200mn, taking its valuation to around US$900mn.
India's quick commerce market is all set to witness 15 times growth by 2025, reaching a market size of nearly US$5.5bn (billion), according to Bengaluru-based market research firm RedSeer.
The total addressable market for quick commerce in India stands at US$45bn, and urban areas are driving this market on the back of mid-high-income households.
According to Akshant Goyal, chief financial officer, Zomato, their food business is trending towards profitability faster than what they had thought at the time of the IPO last year.
"The timeframe for overall Zomato profitability does not change in our minds. In fact, we believe we will now get to profitability within the same timelines (as we thought last year) but with a much larger addressable market. We are also not envisaging any furtherAcapital raise to get to profitability in this timeframe," he said.
 Mr Goyal said that, as a food company, "we are already tapping into the large food delivery opportunity in India."
"Customers (and data) are clearly signalling the macro trend that people are moving to unplanned and spontaneous purchases. To add to this, monthly order frequency on Blinkit app was 3.5x in May 2022, which is higher than that of food delivery on Zomato," informed Mr Goyal.
Blinkit's gross order value (GOV) is fast catching up with Zomato's GOV in some key markets, therefore, indicating that quick commerce will add a significant new addressable market to the business in the long term.
"In a sample market like Gurugram, Blinkit GOV is already 63 per cent of Zomato's food delivery GOV," Mr Goyal added.
Quick commerce naturally extends across multiple categories including beauty and personal-care, electronics, OTC pharma, stationery and other gift items, among others.
The company said it will keep the Blinkit app and brand separate from Zomato.
"We will explore ways in which Blinkit can benefit from Zomato's large customer base (and vice versa in the long term). Post the deal closure, we are going to start experimenting with various ideas that we have and see which all bear fruit, including having the Blinkit tab on the Zomato app," the company said.
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