The story of Nykaa has enthralled everybody as it becomes India’s first women-led startup to attain unicorn status. And last week, the e-commerce platform ticked off another milestone when Nykaa shares made a stellar listing on the stock exchanges despite the overall weak market momentum.
The world would have never known Nykaa if Falguni Nayar didn’t choose to quit her job to pursue a dream where her heart lies. An IIM graduate, she spent 19 years working as Investment Banker with Kotak Mahindra Group before taking the massive leap of faith and embarking on an entrepreneurial journey in 2012.
It may come as a surprise, but the $13.5 billion valued company only raised $100.9 million in over eight funding rounds. The key investors through these funding rounds are –
In July 2014, Nykaa closed its first-ever round, where they raised Rs. 20 crore in Series A funding round. Harindarpal Singh Banga and his wife Indra Banga were the earliest investors in the beauty e-tailer.
October 2015 saw Nykaa raising its first institutional capital. The Series B funding round is led by TVS Capital, and as reported, Nykaa diluted around 20% of its shares for Rs. 59.6 crore. Other key investors who participated in this round include Atul Nishar, Harsh Mariwala, Dalip Pathak, and Michael Carlos.
This round saw affluent Indian families cementing their interest in a rapidly growing e-commerce market space. In September 2016, Hero Group’s Sunil Munjal led an Rs. 82 crore in Series C funding round. Other participants in this round were Harsh Mariwala from Marico and Analjit Singh from Max Ventures.
Nykaa closed its biggest ever round in April 2018, when it raised Rs 1.65 billion in the Series D investment round. The round saw exit from both primary investment and secondary exit of some early-stage investors. Among others, private equity veterans – Kunal Kant Munjal, Harsh Mariwala, and Dalip Pathak reinvested in this round.
Mid-market private equity firm Lighthouse Advisors Pvt backs beauty e-tailer Nykaa as TVS Capital exits. The deal saw a Mumbai-based PE firm investing Rs. 113 crore via an affiliate.
The Spring of 2019 saw Singapore-based TPG Growth investing Rs. 191 crore in beauty e-tailer - Nykaa. During this round, Nykaa was in talks for infusion of capital through dilution of the secondary stake sale, which invigorated interest from investors like Steadview Capital to pick up these secondary deals.
Asia-focused hedge fund Steadview Capital invested twice in Nykaa. First, as a part of the Series F round, they invested 100 crores and an additional Rs 67 crore months later.
Nykaa became India’s first women-led startup to attain Unicorn status.
The three-day stake sale of Nykaa kicked off on 28th October 2021, intending to raise Rs. 5,352 crore from public issue.
Nykaa made a fresh issue of 5.6 million shares during the IPO, where most of its early investors took the exit in this round. Over 88% of the IPO was OFS, and only 12% of it was a fresh issue, which indicated that Nykaa’s early investors took this opportunity to exit.
Falguni and her family - Sanjay, and their children, own a 53% stake in Nykaa parent FSN E-commerce Ventures.
Sanjay Nayar Family Trust sold 48 lakh shares at an offer price of Rs. 1125/ share through OFS route in this IPO. In the process, the trust made an exit worth Rs. 540 crore.
Harindarpal Singh Banga and Indra Banga sold their 1.02 crore shares, maximum by any investor, and Hero Group founder Sunil Kant Munjal sold 70.5 lakh shares under the OFS route.
Few early-stage investors like TPG Growth Fund and Lighthouse India Fund sold 54.21 lakh shares and 48.44 lakh shares, respectively.
Here’s the extensive list of top gainers from Nykaa’s listing -
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