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Swiggy's IPO Journey, Balancing Losses with Market Potential

Swiggy's IPO Buzz, Weathering Losses in the Competitive Food Delivery Sector

29 March 2024

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Swiggy, a SoftBank-backed food delivery startup, incurred a loss of $200 million in the nine-month period ending December 2023.

  • Despite facing significant losses, Swiggy is preparing for its IPO debut by the end of the year, implementing strategic measures to mitigate losses and achieve financial sustainability.

  • Swiggy's internal document revealed a loss of $207 million in the first nine months of fiscal year 2023-24, juxtaposed with a revenue of $1.02 billion, reflecting the challenges of balancing growth and profitability in the competitive food delivery market.

In the ever-evolving landscape of India's startup ecosystem, Swiggy, the SoftBank-backed food delivery giant, is making headlines once again. Recent reports suggest that the company has incurred a significant loss of $200 million during the nine-month period ending December 2023. This revelation comes amidst Swiggy's preparations for its highly anticipated stock market debut, expected to hit the IPO scene by the end of the year.


Despite facing substantial losses, Swiggy remains undeterred in its quest for profitability. The company reported a staggering loss of 41.8 billion rupees ($500 million) for the fiscal year 2022-23. However, with strategic measures in place, including reduced wage payouts and marketing expenditures, Swiggy aims to mitigate its losses for the full fiscal year 2023-24. These efforts signal the company's commitment to achieving financial sustainability as it navigates the competitive food delivery market.


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Delving deeper into the financials, Swiggy's internal document disclosed a loss of 17.3 billion rupees ($207 million) during the initial nine months of fiscal year 2023-24. This loss, juxtaposed with a revenue of $1.02 billion during the same period, underscores the challenges the company faces in balancing growth with profitability. Nevertheless, Swiggy's robust revenue stream reflects its continued relevance and market penetration despite the competitive landscape.


Swiggy's journey towards IPO comes at a time when India's stock market is experiencing unprecedented growth, with a remarkable 28% surge over the past year. However, investors are increasingly discerning, scrutinizing companies' valuations and financial performance more closely. Swiggy's rivals, such as Zomato, have experienced fluctuations in their share prices post-listing, highlighting the volatility inherent in the market.


With a valuation of $10.7 billion in 2022, Swiggy has established itself as a key player in India's burgeoning tech scene. From its humble beginnings in meal deliveries, the company has diversified its services to include groceries and restaurant bookings, catering to a wider consumer base. As Swiggy gears up for its IPO, all eyes are on the company as it charts its course towards financial prosperity amidst evolving market dynamics.


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