Paytm FY18-19 results have shown losses of ~4100 Cr- 10.09.2019

Paytm became a household name overnight when the Indian government announced demonetization in Nov-16. From thereon the company is continuously gaining market share and currently, Paytm dominates UPI merchant payment segment with 60% share. The company provides telecom based value-added services to various telecom operators across the territory, payment gateway aggregator services, ticket services, utility bills payments, insurance, hotel booking services, etc. Recently, they got the license to operate as a stockbroker and they are also planning to give investors an option to buy direct mutual funds from their platform. The company is generating 56.86% revenue from Payment bank and 34.90% of the revenue from e-commerce

The company has raised a lot of money in the last 4-5 years from foreign investors. The Berkshire Hathway in August-2018 had invested in Paytm at a valuation of 10 Billion dollars i.e ~ 68000 Cr. Recently, in the secondary round a few months back the company valued at 16 billion Dollar i.e. 1,12,000 Cr. The company in FY18-19 also issued ESOPs for a weighted average fair price of INR 6823.

As on date, out of total paid-up capital, 83.04% (approx.) is held by Foreign Investor under Foreign Direct Investment scheme of RBI. The Foreign investors are One97 Communications Singapore Private Limited, One97 Communications Nigeria Limited, One97 USA Inc. One97 Communications FZ-LLC and Ciqual Limited. As on 31.03.2019, the company has 33 subsidiaries. Out of these, only 5 subsidiaries are in profit this year.

The Paytm being the fancied name in the Indian market still not able to generate the kind of return investors were looking at. The losses are mounting like a pine tree. It has increased to Rs. ~4000 Cr in FY18-19 from Rs. ~800 Cr in FY16-17. The Payment gateway expense, Marketing, and business promotion, and Add expense contribute to the bulk of Paytm expense. In FY18-19, it has incurred an expense of 2253 Cr, 2823 Cr, and 619 Cr respectively in above heads.

The most surprising part was the revenue growth in the year FY18-19. It was mere 6% as compared to last year which is the real concern. The Paytm has clocked a revenue of ~3500 Cr this year as compared to ~3300 Cr last year. With losses mounting and revenue not coming as desired, the path ahead is not easy for Paytm, especially when there is a big competition coming from players like Google Tej, and Phone-Pay.

Currently, the Paytm share is available in the unlisted market at Rs. 16000 per share, thereby giving a valuation of ~ 91000 Cr. Paytm more detail can be accessed at:  Paytm Unlisted Share