Meesho, an Indian social commerce platform with 150M transacting customers, raises $275M

Meesho, a number one e-commerce startup in India with about 150 million transacting customers, has secured $275 million in a brand new funding spherical, the corporate disclosed in a securities submitting.

The brand new funding is an element of a bigger financing spherical that’s more likely to embody secondary transactions and balloon to over $500 million, folks conversant in the matter advised TechCrunch. 

The Bengaluru-headquartered startup, which operates a social commerce platform, is being valued at about $3.9 billion within the spherical, the folks stated, requesting anonymity as deliberations are nonetheless ongoing. The startup, which has raised greater than $1.2 billion up to now, was valued at $4.9 billion when it final raised capital in September 2021.

There have been a number of buyers attempting to get into Meesho, together with WestBridge Capital and Norwest Enterprise Companions. WestBridge final 12 months purchased Meesho shares from Enterprise Freeway, an early-backer. The corporate counts Meta, Constancy, Peak XV, Prosus Ventures, B Capital, and SoftBank amongst its backers.

Indian each day The Financial Occasions first reported the brand new funding.

Meesho is among the many quickest rising e-commerce startups within the nation. It had run-rate GMV of greater than $5 billion, Bernstein analysts estimated earlier this 12 months.

Meesho has efficiently captured the eye of value-conscious Indians with its attractively priced, various and unbranded assortment of products. The startup’s worth proposition seems to be resonating nicely with low- to mid-income prospects, who type the majority of India’s consuming class.

With 440,000 annual transacting sellers and over 120 million listings, Meesho boasts one of many widest assortment of products throughout platforms, catering to the advanced and heterogeneous preferences of the Indian market, Jefferies wrote in a latest word to its shoppers.

Conventional e-commerce platforms in India have primarily targeted on high-income shoppers and branded suppliers, leading to common order values (AOVs) nicely above ₹1,000 (about $12). In distinction, Meesho’s AOV is normally beneath ₹350.

“Meesho’s algorithm prioritises listings by bearing in mind a number of components together with vendor ranking, product ranking, buyer critiques, prospects’ previous purchasing behaviour, reputation of the product, and many others. Therefore, pricing additionally influences the discoverability of a product itemizing on {the marketplace},” Jefferies analysts wrote.

“Meesho’s fulfilment costs are a lot decrease than friends, which permits the platform to supply decrease costs to buyer vs. competitors. In an effort to drive prices decrease, Meesho follows an asset-light mannequin and outsources the supply. Meesho has almost half the share of India’s annual 3PL e-logistics cargo,” the Jefferies word learn.

However the competitors is heating up. Amazon India lately launched Bazaar, a “particular retailer” that includes reasonably priced and classy trend and life-style merchandise.

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