Hotel Company Oyo Reportedly Shortlists Investment Banks For IPO

By Dave Simpson
Hotel Company Oyo Reportedly Shortlists Investment Banks For IPO

SoftBank-backed Indian hotel company Oyo has shortlisted JP Morgan, Kotak Mahindra Capital and Citi for a more than $1.2 billion initial share sale, a financial news website has reported, citing multiple industry sources.

The three investment banks were taken on board recently, Moneycontrol reported, quoting one of the sources.

The work on the initial public offering (IPO) has started, the report said, adding that the company is leaning towards a debut in the domestic market but has kept its options open.

No Comment

Oyo did not immediately respond to a Reuters' request for comment while the three investment banks declined to comment.

Travel Demand Slowly Picking Up

Ritesh Agarwal, Oyo's chief executive officer and founder, had said in July that its business was likely to return to levels seen before the second wave of COVID-19 infections in India and "grow from there".


The hotel aggregator, in which SoftBank owns a 46% stake and is one of its biggest bets, has endured months of layoffs, cost cuts and losses during the global health crisis. However, with easing travel curbs and increasing vaccinations, travel demand is slowly picking up in India.

Microsoft Talks

The above news follows news Microsoft Corp is in advanced talks to invest in Oyo at a valuation of $9 billion in a prelude to Oyo's IPO, which Reuters reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

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