Online managed marketplace ShopClues Tuesday said it has raised a fresh round of funding led by sovereign wealth fund GIC, becoming the latest entrant in the billion-dollar club. Others in this league include Flipkart and Snapdeal. The round, which saw participation from existing investors Tiger Global Management and Nexus Venture Partners, values the company at more than $1.1 billion (roughly Rs 7,352 crores), ShopClues said in a statement. Also Read - E-commerce rules draft dos and dont’s: No more flash sales on phones, other goods and more
The company, however, did not disclose the amount raised. According to sources, the company has raised around $100-$110 million (roughly Rs 668 crores – Rs 735 crores). The capital raised will be used to focus on building and rolling out new products to enable the SME merchants to digitise their business, the statement said. Also Read - Facebook will now make money from WhatsApp's in-app purchases
“We are confident that our capital efficiency and execution will make this our last fund raise before we become profitable with the eventual IPO in 2017,” Radhika Aggarwal co-founder and Chief Business Officer ShopClues said. Also Read - Flipkart to acquire Rs 1,500 crore worth stake in Aditya Birla Group's Fashion retail
ShopClues said its GMV (gross merchandise value of the products sold on its platform) has grown over four-fold since January 2015, and the business is shipping out over 3.5 million items on a monthly basis. The company has till date raised over $130 million (roughly Rs 868 crores) in funding.
“The company continues to empower the sales of over 3.5 lakh registered SME merchants and has launched multiple new services for seller marketing in the past one year,” the statement said. These include working capital loans, ShopClues Connect (Chat Services), neighborhood market (hyperlocal discovery platform), logistics and payment services and domain services.
“As a long-term investor, GIC believes in the strong growth potential of India’s e-commerce industry. “We are confident that ShopClues’ merchant-first mind-set and solid management team will enable the company to expand its reach, especially in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities,” Ravi Balasubramanian, Head of Asia Equities Research, GIC, said.
ShopClues was founded in 2011 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sandeep Aggarwal. He bootstrapped the company till January 2012, when the company had the first institutional fund raise of $4 million (roughly Rs 26 crores).