A 23-year-old B2B company has shown how keen India is for tech IPOs
Away from the limelight of the press and the frenzy of fundraising, a tech startup in India has achieved a feat that few of its peers have managed: going public.
IndiaMART, the country’s largest online platform for selling products directly to businesses, raised nearly $70 million in a rare tech IPO for India this week.
The milestone for the 23-year-old firm is so uncommon for India’s otherwise burgeoning startup ecosystem that, beyond being over-subscribed 36 times, pent up demand for IndiaMART’s stock saw its share price pop 40% on its first day of trading on National Stock Exchange on Thursday — a momentum that it sustained on Friday.
The stock ended Friday at Rs 1326 ($19.3), compared to its issue price of Rs 973 ($14.2).
IndiaMART is the first business-to-business e-commerce firm to go public in India. Its IPO also marks the first listing for a firm following the May reelection of Narendra Modi as the nation’s Prime Minister and the months-long drought that led to it.
Accounting firm EY said it expects more companies from India to follow suit and file for IPO in the coming months.
“Now that national elections are over and favorable results secured, IPO activity
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