Profitable Multi-Channel Auto Platform CarTrade Tech Limited’s IPO to open on August 09


CarTrade Tech, a multi-channel auto platform via its several integrated brands such as CarWale, CarTrade, Shriram Automall, BikeWale, CarTrade Exchange, Adroit Auto and Auto Biz, is proposing to open its initial public offering of Equity Shares (the “Offer”) on Monday, August 09, 2021 and close on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The price band for the Offer has been determined at Rs. 1,585 – Rs. 1,618 per Equity Share.

The Offer will be an offer for sale of up to 18,532,216 Equity Shares (“Offer for Sale”) by the Selling Shareholders, namely, CMDB II, Highdell Investment Ltd, Macritchie Investments Pte. Ltd, Springfield Venture International, Bina Vinod Sanghi (Jointly Held with Vinay Vinod Sanghi), Daniel Edward Neary, Shree Krishna Trust, Victor Anthony Perry III, Vinay Vinod Sanghi (Jointly Held with Seena Vinay Sanghi). The Company will not receive any proceeds from the Offer.

The Company, the Major Shareholders and the Investor Selling Shareholders have, in consultation with the book running lead managers to the Offer (the “BRLMs”), considered participation by Anchor Investors, whose participation shall be one Working Day prior to the bid/offer opening Date, i.e. Friday, August 06, 2021.

The Offer is being made in terms of Rule 19(2)(b) of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957, as amended, read with Regulation 31 of the SEBI ICDR Regulations. The Offer is being made in accordance with Regulation 6(1) of the SEBI ICDR Regulations, through the Book Building Process wherein not More than 50% of the Net Offer shall be available for allocation to Qualified Institutional Buyers, not less than 15% of the Net Offer shall be available for allocation to Non-Institutional Bidders and not less than 35% of the Net Offer shall be available for allocation to Retail Individual Bidders.

CarTrade Tech is a multi-channel auto platform with coverage and presence across vehicle types and value-added services. The company’s platforms operate under several brands: CarWale, CarTrade, Shriram Automall, BikeWale, CarTrade Exchange, Adroit Auto and AutoBiz. Through these platforms, CarTrade Tech enables new and used automobile customers, vehicle dealerships, vehicle OEMs and other businesses to buy and sell their vehicles in a simple and efficient manner.

The company’s consumer platforms i.e. CarWale, CarTrade and BikeWale, collectively get 3.2 crore average unique visitors every month (during the 3 months period ending March 31 2021) and Shriram Automall and other auction platforms had 8,14,316 vehicles listed for auction during FY 2021.

CarTrade Tech was the only profitable digital auto platform for the financial year 2020 (Source: RedSeer Report). CarTrade Tech is profitable since FY 19.

The company generates revenues from commission and fees from auctions and remarketing services, online advertising solutions, lead generation, technology based services to OEMs/Dealers/Banks and other financial institutions and inspection and valuation services.

The company is led by Mr Vinay Vinod Sanghi who is the Chairman, Managing Director and CEO. Key management personnel include Aneesha Menon – Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Banwari Lal Sharma – Chief Executive Officer – Consumer Business, Sameer Malhotra – Chief Executive Officer of Shriram Automall, Akshay Shankar – Chief Product Officer – Group and Vikram Alva – Chief Strategy Officer – Group. It is backed by marquee institutional shareholders that include affiliates of Warburg Pincus, Temasek, JP Morgan and March Capital.

Axis Capital Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited and Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited are the BRLMs to the Offer.

All capitalized terms used herein and not specifically defined shall have the same meaning as ascribed to them in the Red Herring Prospectus dated July 28, 2021 (“RHP”) filed with the Registrar of Companies, Maharashtra at Mumbai (“RoC”).