‘Paytm to break even in 12-18 months’

Mumbai: Paytm is on track to break even in 12-18 months with increased financial discipline and targeted strategic investments, investment research firm Bernstein said in a pre-IPO primer.

According to reports, Paytm is aiming to raise about $3 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) late this year, which could be the country’s largest debut ever.

The startup, backed by investors including Berkshire Hathway, Softbank and Ant Group, plans to list in India in November around Diwali.

Paytm, formally called One 97 Communications, is targeting a valuation of around $25 billion to $30 billion, as per reports.

Paytm has come a long way from a simple digital wallet business to an integrated payments ecosystem. We believe the next stage of growth will be led by financial services, particularly delivering seamless credit tech products to consumers and merchants.

With increased financial discipline (rare in the hyper-competitive payments space), Paytm is on track to break even in 12-18 months. We expect Paytm to continue being the largest payments and fintech ecosystem in India, Bernstein said in its report.

 

NT Bureau