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Paytm Eyes IPO By October End, Hopes To Break Even In 18 Months: Report

Paytm's IPO plan comes at a time when several first-generation homegrown startups in India prepare to go public on domestic bourses.

By Rajesh Mishra 
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Digital payments firm Paytm expects to launch its initial public offering (IPO) at around the end of October, pending regulatory approvals, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Paytm, which has filed for ₹ 16,600 crore ($2.2 billion) IPO that will likely be the largest ever in India, also expects to break even in 18 months, the source said, declining to be named as the matter is not public.

Paytm’s IPO plan comes at a time when several first-generation homegrown startups in India prepare to go public on domestic bourses, led by food delivery firm Zomato which made a stellar stock market debut last week.

“Hopefully Paytm will be able to go out before Diwali,” the source said.

The startup, which counts China’s Ant Group and Japan’s SoftBank among its backers, narrowed its operating loss to ₹ 1,655 crore in the financial year to end-March 2021 from ₹ 2,468 crore a year before.

“Paytm is on the path to profitability now,” the source said. “If the company continues the way it is doing right now 18 months is quite reasonable, assuming there is no COVID-related impact to the business.”

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