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Zomato Board To Give Its Nod For Blinkit Acquisition On June 17: Report Chetan Thathoo

The board of foodtech giant Zomato will reportedly meet on June 17 to give its assent for the acquisition of quick-commerce startup Blinkit (formerly Grofers).

In March, Inc42 had reported that Blinkit would merge with Zomato in a share-swap deal which would value the former at $700-$800 Mn. 

However, Moneycontrol reported that Blinkit’s valuation would come down in the final deal. 

In March this year, Zomato approved a $150 Mn loan in multiple tranches to cash-strapped Blinkit’s parent Grofers India. The quick-commerce startup also raised another $100 from Zomato in the same month. 

Skipping The CCI Nod

The report also said that Zomato will not need the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) nod for the acquisition of Blinkit. The Deepinder Goyal-led company plans to invoke the ‘de minimis’ exemption which applies to companies with a certain size. 

In 2016, the CCI issued a circular which stated that firms with assets amounting to not more than INR 350 Cr in India or a turnover of not more than Rs 1,000 crore in the country, will be exempt from the mergers and acquisitions norms for five years. Earlier in March, the Centre extended the validity  of the exemption by another five years, which will likely enable Zomato to proceed ahead without seeking the CCI’s approval.

Zomato has ramped up its stake in Blinkit amidst a raging competition in the quick commerce segment. A slew of deep-pocketed players compete in the space such as Reliance-backed Dunzo, Swiggy, Zepto, among others.

According to a report, the quick-commerce segment in India is expected to grow up to 15X to reach the $5 Bn mark by 2025. 

Shares of Zomato ended 3.12% lower at INR 69.85 on the BSE on Monday.

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