Food ordering and delivery company Swiggy and restaurant search and discovery service Zomato are in talks for a potential stock-based merger. While Zomato has proposed a stock-based merger, Swiggy is keen to acquire and operate the food delivery business.
Zomato Interested in an Outright Merger
Zomato, which is planning to close an investment round from Alibaba’s payment affiliate Ant Financial, is more interested in an outright merger and has proposed a 4:1 share swap ratio to Swiggy.
Zomato was valued a little over $960 million when it raised capital in 2015, while Swiggy was valued at $400 million when it closed an $80 million round from Naspers in May this year.
Merger Marking Consolidation among Rivals
A potential merger amongst Zomato and Swiggy could stamp the greatest combination among rivals in the Indian web space, after taxicab hailing firm Ola‘s securing of TaxiForSure in 2015 and online travel firm MakeMyTrip’s merger with Ibibo in 2016.
Zomato in Talks with Ant Financial
Zomato is in advanced talks with Alibaba and Ant Financial to raise up to $200 million and this deal could see Zomato being valued at $1.1billion. Zomato is currently dominating the restaurant discovery business in India but is facing a stiff competition from Swiggy in the food ordering business.
Zomato is looking to claim leadership in the food ordering business. “Zomato in order to grow in the online food delivery business, need to up the investments for which it is going through conversation,” said Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder of Info Edge, which holds about 46% stake in Zomato.