It’s raining discounts on anything and everything you can buy at Paytm. What started out as an online mobile recharge site has transformed into a mobile retail marketplace. Add to it the Paytm wallet and the company offers a complete package to its users.
Paytm was founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2010 and is owned and operated by One 97 Communications Limited. It offers a mobile commerce platform that enables the users to do mobile recharge, pay bills and shop at the mobile marketplace. The mobile wallet also allows the users to transfer money, avail deals, pay cab fares and book movie tickets. Other services offered by One 97 include mobile marketing, cab and hotel booking, games, music and other mobile content.
Paytm is among the few start-ups in India to have achieved a unicorn status, with over $1 billion valuation. As of October, 2015, they claimed to have 50,000 merchants on the platform and processing over 75 million orders a month.
The company reported a revenue of INR 337 crores in FY 2014-15 with a loss of INR 372 crores. This is a growth of 60% from a revenue of INR 210 crores in the previous financial year when had also registered a profit of INR 6 crores.
Here is Paytm’s Revenue and profit/loss figures for FY 2014-15:
The Advertising and promotional expense, which stood at 57.8% of the total expenses, rose by 1100% over the previous fiscal.
The ‘Cost of Material Consumed’ includes Connectivity and content fees, Payment gateway expenses, Logistic, packing and collection cost, Contest expenses, etc.
As per the documents available with the Registrar of Companies, Paytm has received total funds of INR 4637 crores so far, more than 96% of which has come within the past one year.
SAIF Partners had invested INR 62 crores in Paytm in Jan-15 followed by an investment of INR 400 crores by Alipay Singapore E commerce Pvt Ltd in Feb-15. The latter has made an investment of INR 4383 crores in the company so far and is the biggest investor in it. Ratan Tata had also made an investment in Paytm last year
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, an engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, founded One 97 in December, 2000. The company initially started by offering live astrology services for a GSM operator in Delhi in 2001. Over the next few years it launched SMS based applications, VAS for landline, gaming applications and subscription based content services.
The real foray into mobile commerce came in 2010 when the company launched Paytm as an online recharge portal. By 2011-12, the company was handling 500 million subscribers on a daily basis. It launched Paytm Marketplace and Semi Closed Wallet in 2013-14.
With over 22 million registered customers and 12 million app users, the company was processing 8,00,000 orders per day. Its recent achievements in 2014-15 included tie-ups for Paytm wallet with IRCTC and Uber and reaching million orders per day mark.
Vijay Shekhar wants to turn Paytm into an internet conglomerate. On this path, it has acquired consumer behavior AI app, Shifu, on demand hyperlocal home services provider Near.in. It also made key investments in auto booking platform Jugnoo, fitness tracking GOQii, logistics data venture LogiNext, hyperlocal deals startup Little, among others.
Paytm got the RBI approval to open Payment Banks and aims to disburse loans to 500 million Indians by 2020. It is also preparing to launch Local and Hyperlocal Deals from the neighborhood stores on the Paytm app.
Paytm seems to be revolutionizing the digital and mobile fin-tech space big time with a gamut of new features and products announced in the past year.
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