Print   Close IPO to open on September 11: Seven things to know

BT Online     September 4, 2017, the operator of online match making business under the BharatMatrimony brand, will launch its initial public offer (IPO) on September 11.  We look at the upcoming IPO and details related to the firm.

  • The Chennai-based firm has fixed a price band of Rs 983-985 to raise over Rs 500 crore.  The firm is engaged in providing online matchmaking and marriage services. It offers services through Internet and mobile platforms in India and internationally. Murugavel Janakiraman is the CEO and founder of
  • The issue comprises fresh issue of up to Rs 130 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of up to 37,67,254 shares.  The face value of the shares is Rs 5 each. The OFS consists of up to 14,61,006 shares by Bessemer India Capital Holdings II Ltd, 1,55,760 by Mayfield XII, Mauritius, 16,83,207 by CMDB II, 3,84,447 by Murugavel Janakiraman and 82,834 by Indrani Janakiraman.
  • The IPO is due to open on September 11 and close on September 13. Net proceeds from the issue will be utilised towards advertising and business promotion activities, purchase of land for construction of office premises in Chennai, repayment of overdraft facilities and general corporate purposes.
  • Axis Capital and ICICI Securities are the book running lead managers to the offer. The registrar to the offer is Karvy Computershare Private Ltd. The shares of are proposed to be listed on the BSE and the National Stock Exchange of India.
  •'s online competitors are and, and key offline competitors include traditional brick and mortar companies offering marriage bureau and matchmaking services as well as community associations.
  • The firm had negative net worth of Rs 3113.2 crore as of March 31, 2017. The firm also restated losses in three of the past five fiscal years. For example, it sustained restated consolidated losses of  Rs 915.9 crore, Rs 292.9 crore and Rs 7506.9 crore in fiscal 2014, fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, respectively.
  • As of April 15, 2017, BharatMatrimony mobile app and apps for regional and community sites have achieved 5.8 million estimated installs according to A significant number of its members currently utilise mobile sites and mobile apps to access online matchmaking services.


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