Under stress: Morgan Stanley lowers Flipkart's valuation at under $10 bn

New Delhi: Signalling a tough road ahead for Flipkart, a mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley has marked down the value of its shares in the Indian e-Commerce major by 15.5 percent, valuing it at under $10 billion.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The successive markdown comes at a time when its American rival Amazon is aggressively gaining traction in the
burgeoning Indian e-commerce market.

A number of investors like Fidelity Investments and T Rowe Price have also made similar mark downs of the company,
which was considered as the poster child of Indian e-commerce industry.

According to a US SEC filing, Morgan Stanley has marked the value of their Flipkart shares at $87.9 per share as of
March 2016 from $103.9 per share as of December 2015.

The December value was lower by over 23 percent from $135.8 per share as of September last year.

The markdown brings down the valuation of Flipkart to under $10 billion. According to reports, the Bengaluru-
based firm had raised capital in July last year at a valuation of over $15 billion.

Comments could not be obtained from Flipkart as emailed query remained unanswered.

Morgan Stanley had picked up stake in Flipkart in 2013.

According to reports, Flipkart has been facing funding crunch and falling valuations.

It has also deferred joining dates for campus hires from IIM Ahmedabad and IITs citing restructuring of its businesses.


Updated Date: May 27, 2016 21:40 PM

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