Oyo to bust planned IPO by about 2/3 amid tech headwinds

March 28, 2023

Oyo hospices is reducing the shares it aims to vend via a stock- request debut by about two- thirds, a trouble by its author to get the trade done indeed after tech valuations plunged. The formerly-high- flying company is preparing to file a fresh original public immolation document as soon as this week, said two people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named agitating internal matters. In the form, Oyo will outline plans to vend just a third of the new shares it firstly planned, eroding the quantum of fresh capital it’s anticipated to admit, one of the people said.

The plan shows how author Ritesh Agarwal, 29, is trying to push through an IPO indeed at weaker terms to palliate the fiscal pressures on the hostel and lodging reserving company and himself. While the trip request has bettered from the epidemic- period trough, Oyo — formerly valued around$ 10 billion as India’s Airbnb-original — is still reporting mounting losses. Agarwal, meanwhile, took on billions of bones of debt to boost his holding in the establishment.

The situation remains fluid and Agarwal or Oyo may still OK – tune their targets. It’s the alternate attempt at an IPO by the SoftBank Group Corp.- backed incipiency, after India’s stock request controller raised multiple red flags on its earlier pass in late 2021. Since also, valuations of technology companies have declined after accelerating affectation and rising interest rates left guests with lower to spend and raised enterprises of an implicit recession.

No shares will be offered for trade by Oyo’s current investors, the people said. SoftBank holds about half of the incipiency, which is formally called Oravel Stays Ltd. and also counts Airbnb Nc. among its backers. Oyo did not incontinently respond to emails, textbooks and calls seeking comment.

The company was targeting a valuation of about$ 9 billion and streamlined its IPO documents in early 2022, but SoftBank latterly that time reduced its estimate for Oyo to$2.7 billion. The IPO valuation will be perfected through a book- structure process nearer to the table but it’s set to be far from what the company firstly imaged.


Agarwal, his holding company RA Hospitality effects and SoftBank Vision Fund remain the company’s three promoters with no change from its 2021 prospectus, according to one of the people. In 2019, Agarwal increased his stake to 33% at a$ 10 billion valuations after taking on$ 2 billion of debt from Japanese lenders in his particular capacity with the backing of SoftBank author Masayoshi Son.

That puts an urgency to Agarwal and Oyo’s SoftBank- dominated board to push through an IPO despite the cautioning terrain for tech IPOs and high- profile failures by Indian startups in the once 18 months, one of the people said. It would be a way to prove to the Japanese lenders that the author and his incipiency are still worth billions.

When Agarwal got married this month in Delhi, Son took a rare trip from his Tokyo base to attend the festivity, accompanied by a bevy of SoftBank directors. While Agarwal is not fairly needed to detail his particular debts in the IPO draft prospectus, he has been advised that controllers could still view that as an investor threat and indefinitely detention or reject the IPO on other specialized grounds, one of the people said.

Oyo’s business has showed signs of recovery after the epidemic pounded the trip and hospitality assiduity. The incipiency has remake itself as a technology company, moving down from the asset-heavy, capital- ferocious model across multiple mainland’s which caused billions of bones of losses, estranged connections with hostel possessors and brought on court battles.

Agarwal established Oyo in 2013 after dropping out of council. He got the backing of SoftBank’s Son when he was 21 and the Japanese billionaire also took the author under his sect, mentoring him and, latterly, furnishing particular guarantees for his multibillion bone debt.