India Set for Stronger Tech, Media & Telecom IPOs as China Falters

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While new regulations have severely hit China in the global tech, media & telecom (TMT) IPO market, the Indian TMT IPO pipeline is getting stronger and will continue to gain prominence this year; a new report showed on Friday.

Between 2018 and 2020, there were 15 TMT IPOs in India. Last year alone, 15 Indian TMT companies went public and raised total proceeds of $4.8 billion, revealing data and analytics company GlobalData.

Consumer-facing tech companies are the biggest beneficiaries of the increasing digital adoption in India. As a result, e-commerce and fintech were the top themes driving TMT IPOs in 2021, – said Swati Verma, Associate Project Manager of Thematic Research at GlobalData.

In 2021, listings were centered around Internet-driven themes like e-commerce and fintech.

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These themes will continue to gain prominence as digital adoption in the country further gathers momentum and eventually result in more successful listings in 2022.

Paytm’s listing in November 2021 was the biggest TMT IPO ever in India when it raised proceeds of $2.5 billion.

“Aptus Value Housing (Loan solutions), Mobikwik (digital payments), Naapbooks (fintech solution), and Policybazaar (insuretech) were the other notable fintech players that went public in 2021,” said Verma.

Zomato’s IPO, raising $1.3 billion, was the second biggest listing during the year.

CarTrade (online car selling platform), Easy Trip (online ticket booking), and Nykaa (online beauty & wellness) were the other e-commerce companies that went public last year.

PharmEasy (healthtech), Delhivery (e-commerce), Oyo Rooms (online hotel booking), and Tracxn (big data) have all filed for IPOs.

Other big IPOs expected on the Indian exchanges include Ola Cabs (ride sharing) and Swiggy (online food delivery).

Walmart-owned e-commerce player Flipkart, for example, is preparing for a listing in the US. Edtech major Byju’s also plans to list in the US by merging with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), – said Verma.

Meanwhile, a regulatory crackdown in China shrunk the country’s share in the global tech, media and Telecom (TMT) IPO market by 9 percent last year.

China’s regulatory onslaught has negatively impacted the tech TMT IPO market as the regulators created headwinds for companies wanting to go public in the country.

Newly imposed rules require Chinese companies to comply with national laws and regulations and ensure data security.

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