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India’s Paytm in 2023 Profits Pledge After IPO Flop

Paytm raised $2.5bn in India’s biggest IPO last November but made a dismal debut on widespread concerns over its high valuation

Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma delivers a speech during his company's IPO listing ceremony at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, India, in November last year
Paytm, which went public last year in India's biggest-ever IPO, is among SoftBank’s biggest investments in India. Image: Reuters


Indian digital payments firm Paytm is aiming to be operationally profitable by September next year, looking to allay doubts about its business model that has clouded the stock.

Backed by China’s Ant Group and Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, Paytm raised $2.5 billion in India’s biggest initial public offer (IPO) last November, but made a dismal debut on widespread concerns over its high valuation. 

Its shares, which have lost more than 70% from its IPO price of 2,150 rupees, rose as much as 4.3% on Wednesday to a near three-week high of 635.4 rupees following the news.

“We are encouraged by our business momentum, scale of monetisation and operating leverage,” founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma said in a letter to shareholders on Wednesday.


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Sharma said his stock grants would vest only when the firm’s market capitalisation crossed the IPO level on a sustained basis.

Paytm shares also suffered after the central bank last month barred its payments bank from adding customers, and ordered a comprehensive audit of its IT systems, citing “material” supervisory concerns.

The company denied last month a report that said the Reserve Bank of India had found Paytm Payments Bank’s servers to be sharing information with China-based entities that indirectly own a stake in the firm.

On Wednesday, the company also said the number of monthly transacting users of its app was at its highest during the quarter with 41% annual growth to 70.9 million.

It disbursed 6.5 million loans during the quarter, for a total value of 35.53 billion rupees ($470 million).


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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