It is too early to say if Paytm will take the wind out of the existing IPO rally, but the expensive valuations of the digital payments platform and it's ability to gain market share in the businesses it operates in have been questioned by analysts and investors
Life is not a template and neither is mine. Like several who have worked as journalists, I am a generalist in my over two decade experience across print, global news wires and dotcom firms. But there has been one underlying theme in each phase; life gave me the chance to observe and tell a story -- from early days tracking a securities scam to terror attacks and some of India's most significant court trials. Besides writing, I have jumped fences to become an entrepreneur, as an investment advisor -- and also taught the finer aspects of business journalism to young minds. At Forbes India, I also keep an eye on some of its proprietary specials like the Rich list, GenNext and Celebrity lists. An alumnus of Xavier Institute of Communications and H.R College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, I have worked for organisations such as Agence France-Presse, Business Standard, The Financial Express and The Times of India prior to this.
It is too early to say whether Paytm will take the wind out of the existing IPO rally Image: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Paytm has shaken up the stock markets, but not in the way its founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma might have visualised. Its parent One97 Communications, which launched India’s biggest initial public offering of $2.46 billion, has seen the Paytm stock collapse to Rs 1,360.3 on Monday, down by 30.4 percent from its listing price of Rs 1,955 on November 18. This has meant an erosion of its market cap to Rs 88,184 crore, well below its IPO valuation of Rs 1.50 lakh crore ($20 billion).It is too early to say whether Paytm will take the wind out of the existing IPO rally, which has helped rally the stock markets 22 percent in 2021. Paytm’s expensive valuations and its ability to gain market share in the businesses it operates in have been questioned by analysts and investors. But the stock, in its brief trading history, has already outpaced some of India’s established mid-sized banks, such as IndusInd Bank and IDBI Bank, in its market cap, and stands close to SBI Cards. The private banks HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank, besides Bajaj group’s financial services giants Bajaj Finserv and Bajaj Finance, continue to lead the table.