Alibaba Group Sells Remaining Stake in Paytm Worth Rs. 1,378 Crore

China’s Alibaba Group has bought its remaining stake in Indian digital funds agency Paytm for about Rs. 1,378 crore by a block deal, inventory change information confirmed on Friday.

The exit comes days after Paytm posted its first-ever quarterly working revenue as a listed agency, 9 months forward of its personal goal. Singapore E-Commerce bought 21.4 million shares of Paytm on Friday at Rs. 642.74 apiece, a 9 p.c low cost to Thursday’s shut, NSE inventory change information confirmed.

Paytm’s inventory tumbled almost 8 p.c on Friday to shut at Rs. 650.55, however it’s nonetheless up almost 23 p.c up to now this yr.

Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) Pte purchased 5.42 million shares of Paytm at Rs. 640 on Friday, the info confirmed.

It was not instantly clear why Alibaba bought the stake. Paytm and Alibaba didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.

In January, Alibaba bought a 3.1 p.c stake within the firm by a block deal price $125 million (almost Rs. 1,030 crore). Earlier than that, the Chinese language agency had a 6.26 p.c stake in Paytm.

Paytm, which can be backed by China’s Ant Group and Japan’s SoftBank Group, has been below stress to show worthwhile ever since its dismal itemizing in November 2021.

The inventory has declined round 70 p.c since itemizing, and tumbled 60 p.c in 2022.

Earlier this week, Macquarie Analysis double-upgraded the inventory to “outperform” from “underperform”, and bumped up the worth goal by round 80 p.c to Rs. 800.

“Maybe the final bear on the inventory on promote aspect, we alter our view and we double improve PaytM to outperform,” Macquarie analyst Suresh Ganapathy mentioned.

“We see a really seen change in strategy of the administration to ship income as evidenced by core EBIDTA profitability reported lately. We have been earlier anticipating losses to proceed however at present fee of revenues and working leverage kicking in, we count on accounting income to be delivered by FY26.”

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