Ola IPO to hit the street early 2022 – ET Auto

Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal

Ride-hailing aggregator Ola is exploring a public offer early next year, aiming to raise at least $1.5-2 billion, valuing the Bengaluru-based unicorn at $12-14 billion. That will put it in the band of big-ticket tech IPOs that are looking to take advantage of a liquidity driven market rally.

The proposed listing of Ola, which counts SoftBank, Tiger Global Management and Tencent as some of its key investors, will raise half the capital through a primary issuance while the rest will be through an offer for sale (OFS) from some early backers, people with knowledge of the matter told ET.

Investment banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Kotak Mahindra Capital, Citigroup and JP Morgan are understood to be working with the company on filing preliminary documents with the market regulator in the next two months.

“There could be a few more banks as the issue is likely to be above $1.5 billion. Final mandates are expected this week itself,” said one of the persons cited above.

Earlier last month, Warburg Pincus and Temasek Holdings along with two others, invested $500 million in Ola in what could be termed a pre-IPO round.

Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal did not respond to queries sent Sunday. The banks cited were not immediately available for comment.

“Whatever said and done, Ola’s valuation would be a challenge. Many funds have lowered valuations during the previous year as the Covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdown hampered the travel cab market. Although it’s recovering, it will take time to get stabilised,” said one of the persons cited.

In November, US investors T Rowe Price and Vanguard had lowered their valuations of Indian unicorns including Ola due to the disruption created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved acquisition of shares by MacRitchie Investments (Temasek), Fort Canning Investments, Plum Wood Investment Limited (Plum Wood) and certain voting rights by Bhavish Aggarwal in ANI Technologies, according to two releases issued on Friday.

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