Yatra Online, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: YTRA) Indian Subsidiary, Yatra Online Limited, Files Draft Red Herring Prospectus
Proceeds of IPO to Fund Range of Organic Growth Initiatives and Strategic Investments
Gurugram, India and New York, New York - March 25, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Yatra Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: YTRA), India's leading corporate travel services provider and one of India's leading online travel companies today announced that its Indian subsidiary, Yatra Online Limited, filed a Draft Red Herring Prospectus ("DRHP") with the Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI") on March 25, 2022, for an initial public offering (the "IPO") aggregating up to INR 7,500 million or approximately US$100 million of primary proceeds and a secondary offering of up to 8,896,998 Equity Shares by THCL Travel Holding Cyprus Limited ("THCL"), a subsidiary of Yatra Online, Inc., which amounts to approximately 8% of the shares outstanding of Yatra Online Limited. You can find more details on the filing at https://investors.yatra.com.
"Over the last 15 years, we have grown our business to become one of India's leading online travel agencies," said Dhruv Shringi, Chief Executive Officer of Yatra Online, Inc. "The Indian travel industry is expected to continue to grow, driven by development of tourism infrastructure, rising discretionary spending and more frequent business and leisure travel. With this proposed equity offering, we will be able to tap into a complementary shareholder base which provides a tremendous opportunity to benefit from growing tourism spending in India and to accelerate the important growth initiatives we have underway, driving value for our investors over the long-term."
Yatra Online, Inc. expects that the IPO in India of Yatra Online Limited will enable the company to:
- Access domestic Indian institutional and retail investors who are currently excluded from investing in Yatra Online, Inc. through its NASDAQ listing due to regulatory constraints.
- Expand the potential shareholder base of the consolidated company to add the Indian capital markets and increase its visibility to a larger pool of equity analysts.
- Raise capital at a potentially higher valuation thereby reducing dilution and balance sheet risk.
The extent of dilution of Yatra Online, Inc. on account of primary issuance of shares and the value of proceeds through secondary sale of shares by THCL will be determined by a price discovery process. The IPO of Yatra Online Limited will be subject to supportive market conditions, as well as corporate, regulatory and other approvals, as applicable or required. There is no assurance that the IPO will proceed.
The Company will be hosting a conference call today, March 25, 2022, at 8:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (or 6:00 PM India Standard Time) to discuss the filing.
Dial-in details for the live conference call:
US/International dial-in number: +1 856-344-9221
Confirmation Code: 7615407 (Callers should dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time and provide the operator with the Confirmation Code)
Dial-in details for the replay:
A telephone replay will be available for five days following the conclusion of the conference call.
US/International dial-in number: +1-719-457-0820
Confirmation Code: 7615407
This replay can also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.yatra.com
About Yatra Online, Inc.
Yatra Online, Inc. is the ultimate parent company of Yatra Online Limited (Formerly known as Yatra Online Private Limited) whose corporate office is based in Gurugram, India and is India's leading corporate travel services provider with over 700 large corporate customers and one of India's leading online travel companies and operates the website https://www.yatra.com/. The company provides information, pricing, availability, and booking facility for domestic and international air travel, domestic and international hotel bookings, holiday packages, buses, trains, in city activities, inter-city and point-to-point cabs, homestays and cruises. With approximately 94,000 hotels and homestays contracted in approximately 1,400 cities across India as well as more than 2 million hotels around the world, the company is India's largest platform for domestic hotels. The company recently launched a freight forwarding business called Yatra Freight to further expand its corporate service offerings.
Safe Harbor Statement
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