The Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Nazara Technologies is back with an IPO plan — after a series of acquisitions and fundraisings
- Nazara Technologies is backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, one of India’s biggest stock market investors.
- The gaming and sports media company is looking to join the league of tech startups looking to go public this year. These include Zomato, Nykaa, and Delhivery.
- This is the second attempt at a market debut. Nazara had earlier filed the DRHP in 2018 but didn't go through with its plans.
- In the last two years, Nazara has made at least seven acquisitions and raised ₹500 crore in funds.
Nazara holds the license mobile gaming rights of popular cartoon characters like Chhota Bheem, Motu Patlu and Shikari Shambhu. It has also established itself in 64 countries across Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
The public issue will see a sale of 4.96 million equity shares by Nazara’s promoters and investors.
AdvertisementThis year, Nazara’s IPO debut could kick off a series of tech IPOs in the country as startups like Zomato, Nykaa, Delhivery are headed for the public markets.
The Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Nazara had first filed the DRHP in January 2018 and had even got approval from SEBI for an IPO (Initial Public Offering). However it didn’t go ahead with the launch because of a market slump.
The company has been preparing for its market debut with acquisitions and funding in its kitty.
Strengthening its capital base
Nazara counts stock broking giant Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, IIFL Asset Management, Sequoia Capital, Plutus Wealth Management as its investors.
Earlier in January 2021, WestBridge Ventures, an early investor in Nazara, had exited the company through a secondary transaction as Plutus pumped in ₹500 crore into the company. According to reports, the exit gave WestBridge 40 times the return on its investment.
|Plutus Wealth Management LLP||6.91%|
|IIFL Special Opportunities Fund||6.04%|
|IIFL Special Opportunities Fund - Series 4||4.94%|
|IIFL Special Opportunities Fund - Series 5||4.16%|
|IIFL Special Opportunities Fund - Series 2||3.89%|
|Emerging Investment Ltd||1.90%|
|IIFL Special Opportunities Fund - Series 3||1.87%|
Nazara went on an acquisition spree
Nazara strengthened its offerings by going on an acquisition drive. It has pumped in over $50 million in startups in the last two years.
In fact, its acquisition spree even got it a ‘next Tencent’ reference in a news report.
Some of Nazara’s top acquisitions
|Paper Boat Apps||Mumbai-based indie studio||₹83.5 crore|
|Sports Unity||Creator of multiplayer quiz called Qunami||₹7.5 crore|
|Sportskeeda||Sports media platform||₹44 crore|
|Bakbuck||Local languages gaming platform||Undisclosed|
|Halaplay||Fantasy gaming platform||₹40 crore|
In November 2019, Nazara technologies said that it plans to invest $20 million in startups next year. This announcement was after in the same year, Nazara had already acquired five companies.
“Looking at the explosive growth in the interactive entertainment and sports ecosystem, Nazara has decided to up its aggression on investing in the emerging market ecosystem and support early stage startups accelerating the growth of these companies and the industry at large,” Nazara Technologies CEO, Manish Agarwal had said then.
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