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Paytm Receives Final Tranche from $445 Mn Funding from SoftBank, Alibaba

Paytm Mall has received the final tranche of its $445 million (about Rs 3,000 crore) funding from SoftBank and Alibaba, a move that will give the online shopping venture of Paytm more financial muscle to take on giants like Flipkart and Amazon.

In April, Paytm Mall had closed $445 million funding round from SoftBank Investment Holdings and Singapore E-commerce.

According to the latest documents filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), Paytm E-commerce — which runs Paytm Mall — has issued a total of 237,705 shares to SB Investment Holdings (UK) and Singapore E-commerce as part of the fourth tranche.

The issuance of 211,293 shares to SB Investment Holdings and 26,412 shares to the Alibaba entity was approved by the Board of Paytm E-commerce on June 6, 2018, the documents added.

Emails sent to Paytm Mall, SoftBank and Alibaba did not elicit a response.

Previously, a Paytm E-commerce filing had showed that an aggregate amount of $400 million (about Rs 2,600 crore) was to come from SB Investment Holdings (UK) and its affiliates. Another $45 million was to be pumped in by Alibaba.

The entire transaction was split in four tranches, the last of which has come in now.

After the fourth tranche, SB Investment Holdings has a 21.13 per cent shareholding, while Singapore E-commerce has 30.15 per cent share.

Other significant shareholders include Alipay Singapore E-commerce (15.9 per cent), SAIF Partners (18.67 per cent) and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma (9.66 per cent).

The funding will be significant for Paytm Mall to expand its operations as it competes head-on with larger rivals like Flipkart and Amazon in the Indian e-commerce market.

While the sector is still in a nascent stage, analysts expect it to grow to $200 billion in over a decade.  – Business Standard

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