Porter quietly turns unicorn, closes internal round at $1 billion valuation

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Tiger Global-backed logistics services provider Porter has turned into a unicorn after completing a fresh friends and family round, where individuals bought shares from the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) pool at a valuation of $1 billion, people aware of the developments told Moneycontrol.

A unicorn is a privately held company that is valued at or above $1 billion. There are about 106 unicorns in India. Porter is the third unicorn this year after AI startup Krutrim and B2B SaaS company Perfios.

In the fresh round, a total of 15-20 individuals bought shares worth Rs 25 crore in Porter, one of the persons quoted above said.

With the closure of the round, Porter has now doubled its valuation from the $500 million commanded during its 2021 fundraise. Since its inception in 2014, the company has raised a total of about $150 million, from investors such as Tiger Global, Peak XV Partners, Kae Capital, the Mahindra Group and Lightrock, among others.

The company’s secondary round is also of significance because unlike most other secondary transactions, this one took place at a premium and not at a discount. In secondary deals, existing shareholders sell shares to another investor so the cash does not go into the company’s coffers.

In most cases, when shares change hands during a secondary transaction, investors value the company at a discount of at least 25-30 percent from its last primary valuation, which meant Porter could have been valued below $500 million. However, the leadership decided on a $1 billion valuation.

That jump in valuation also comes on the back of a strong top line. The company’s revenue more than doubled to Rs 1,754 crore in FY23 from Rs 848 crore in FY22, which likely justifies the higher valuation.

This is not the first friends and family round where Porter has liquidated its ESOP pool and commanded a premium over its previous valuation. In the January-March quarter of 2023, the company sold shares from its ESOP pool worth Rs 7-8 crore to friends and family, much like in the current round, at a valuation of $700 million, sources said.

“The recent round reaffirms the leadership’s trust in Porter’s growth potential. Since the previous ESOP liquidation event, Porter’s annual recurring revenue (ARR) has increased 3-4X, which also justifies the back to back increases in valuation,” one of the person’s quoted above told Moneycontrol.

Porter did not offer comments for this story. Founded in 2014 by Pranav Goel, Uttam Digga and Vikas Choudhary, the logistics provider helps in optimising last-mile delivery operations for businesses by providing on-demand light commercial vehicles (LCVs). It has been expanding operations, by running an intra-city courier service on two-wheelers, for instance, to widen its revenue streams.

An increase in valuation during an ESOP liquidation events also augurs well for Porter’s employees since they get rewarded handsomely for their efforts in helping the company scale up. Over the past few years, ESOPs have become an effective tool to attract top talent.

ESOP cashouts led to $1.46 billion of wealth being put in the hands of startup employees between 2021 and 2023, according to data from Qapita, an equity management platform. Indeed, ESOPs have now become a wealth multiplier tool for most employees, which is a shift from a few years ago, when they had little value. A slew of new-age IPOs, from Zomato to Paytm to Delhivery, have together changed the perception of ESOPs in employees’ minds.

Source: Moneycontrol

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Porter quietly turns unicorn, closes internal round at $1 billion valuation

Tiger Global-backed logistics services provider Porter has turned into a unicorn after completing a fresh friends and family round, where individuals bought shares from the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) pool at a valuation of $1 billion, people aware of the developments told Moneycontrol.

A unicorn is a privately held company that is valued at or above $1 billion. There are about 106 unicorns in India. Porter is the third unicorn this year after AI startup Krutrim and B2B SaaS company Perfios.

In the fresh round, a total of 15-20 individuals bought shares worth Rs 25 crore in Porter, one of the persons quoted above said.

With the closure of the round, Porter has now doubled its valuation from the $500 million commanded during its 2021 fundraise. Since its inception in 2014, the company has raised a total of about $150 million, from investors such as Tiger Global, Peak XV Partners, Kae Capital, the Mahindra Group and Lightrock, among others.

The company’s secondary round is also of significance because unlike most other secondary transactions, this one took place at a premium and not at a discount. In secondary deals, existing shareholders sell shares to another investor so the cash does not go into the company’s coffers.

In most cases, when shares change hands during a secondary transaction, investors value the company at a discount of at least 25-30 percent from its last primary valuation, which meant Porter could have been valued below $500 million. However, the leadership decided on a $1 billion valuation.

That jump in valuation also comes on the back of a strong top line. The company’s revenue more than doubled to Rs 1,754 crore in FY23 from Rs 848 crore in FY22, which likely justifies the higher valuation.

This is not the first friends and family round where Porter has liquidated its ESOP pool and commanded a premium over its previous valuation. In the January-March quarter of 2023, the company sold shares from its ESOP pool worth Rs 7-8 crore to friends and family, much like in the current round, at a valuation of $700 million, sources said.

“The recent round reaffirms the leadership’s trust in Porter’s growth potential. Since the previous ESOP liquidation event, Porter’s annual recurring revenue (ARR) has increased 3-4X, which also justifies the back to back increases in valuation,” one of the person’s quoted above told Moneycontrol.

Porter did not offer comments for this story. Founded in 2014 by Pranav Goel, Uttam Digga and Vikas Choudhary, the logistics provider helps in optimising last-mile delivery operations for businesses by providing on-demand light commercial vehicles (LCVs). It has been expanding operations, by running an intra-city courier service on two-wheelers, for instance, to widen its revenue streams.

An increase in valuation during an ESOP liquidation events also augurs well for Porter’s employees since they get rewarded handsomely for their efforts in helping the company scale up. Over the past few years, ESOPs have become an effective tool to attract top talent.

ESOP cashouts led to $1.46 billion of wealth being put in the hands of startup employees between 2021 and 2023, according to data from Qapita, an equity management platform. Indeed, ESOPs have now become a wealth multiplier tool for most employees, which is a shift from a few years ago, when they had little value. A slew of new-age IPOs, from Zomato to Paytm to Delhivery, have together changed the perception of ESOPs in employees’ minds.

Source: Moneycontrol

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We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards in all of our reporting and coverage. We StartupNews.fyi want to be transparent with our readers about any potential conflicts of interest that may arise in our work. It’s possible that some of the investors we feature may have connections to other businesses, including competitors or companies we write about. However, we want to assure our readers that this will not have any impact on the integrity or impartiality of our reporting. We are committed to delivering accurate, unbiased news and information to our audience, and we will continue to uphold our ethics and principles in all of our work. Thank you for your trust and support.

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