India’s Zomato is raising USD 150 million from investor Ant Financial, an Alibaba affiliate, at a valuation of USD 3 billion for the food delivery startup.
Zomato’s top shareholder Info Edge (India) Ltd said in a filing on Friday that after the funding its stake will drop to about 25.13 per cent. It had a 26.38 per cent stake, as of March last year.
The fund infusion comes as Zomato pushes for a bigger market share in the highly competitive Indian food delivery space in a race with rivals such as Tencent-backed Swiggy and Uber’s UberEats.
The capital is part of a larger USD 500 million fundraising that is likely to close in the next two months, the Economic Times newspaper reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.
Zomato confirmed that the USD 150 million fundraise was part of a larger round, but did not give further details.
The Gurugram-based restaurant aggregator recorded a loss of USD 294 million in the year ending March, compared with a loss of USD 12 million a year earlier as it burnt more cash in its Indian delivery business to grab new customers, unaudited figures from its annual report showed.