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Zomato to focus on Hyperpure, expects it to be larger than food business

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During its first annual general meeting (AGM) since going public, Dutta said the move was part of strategy to focus “only on areas that have the potential to become meaningfully large businesses ten years from now”.

In FY 2021-2022, Dutta said the food major was able to achieve strong top line growth while keeping its “adjusted EBITDA burn under control”, despite multiple challenges such as disruptions due to Covid-19 pandemic, macro-economic uncertainty, rising inflation, fuel prices, among others.

In 2022, after reflecting on the strategic priorities as a firm, given the size and scale of the company now, he said it was decided that the focus would be only on areas that have the potential to become meaningfully large businesses 10 years from now.

Subsequently, he said Zomato would narrow its focus to three crucial areas – food ordering and delivery; Hyperpure and quick commerce.

For the first quarter of FY23, revenue from operations for Hyperpure surged 40% to 272.7 crore from 194.2 crore in the previous quarter.

For the whole of FY22, adjusted revenues of Hyperpure came at 540 crore, while that of Zomato’s food delivery business stood at 4,760 crore.

Zomato’s core food delivery business is stable and headed for profitability, he said, adding in India food delivery still has a large runway for growth.

While restaurant food consumption has increased in the past few years, its overall penetration in India is still significantly low as compared to global counterparts, he reasoned.

On Hyperpure — Zomato’s supply platform for restaurants for fresh items, he said the company is now starting to see strong adoption of its services by restaurant partners.

“We think that this business has the potential of becoming as large or even larger than our food delivery business because the addressable market here is potentially larger than food delivery,” he added.

On quick commerce, he said the acquisition of Blinkit was completed this month and the integration of the two teams has started.

In June this year, Zomato had announced acquisition of Blink Commerce Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Grofers) for 4,447.48 crore in a share-swap deal as part of its strategy of investing in quick commerce business.

Dutta said Zomato considers quick commerce as a natural extension to its core food delivery business and increases its addressable market manifold.

It has the potential to help the company build a more profitable business by cross leveraging existing customer base and increase hyperlocal delivery fleet utilisation, he added.

“With this, we now have a clear execution plan around these three businesses and our focus as a team will be to get these businesses to meaningful scale and profits,” Dutta said.

He also said Zomato’s dining-out and certain other segments saw a revenue decline of 15 per cent in FY22, due to discontinuation of most of its international operations as well as certain non-core businesses. The dining-out business was adversely impacted in FY22 by Covid-related lockdowns.

He also said the company is making progress in its efforts for adoption of electric vehicles with around 4,500 active EV based delivery partners and around 18 per cent of orders delivered on bicycles as of March 2022.

In reply to shareholder queries, Zomato founder & CEO Deepinder Goyal said the company does not expect to make any other strategic minority investments for the foreseeable future as it has made all the investments that needed to for its future plans.

On safety of delivery partners, he said it has always been a priority for Zomato and “no compromises have been or will be made here”, while also asserting that the platform does not incentivise riders to be on time.

Goyal also said Zomato will put a phone number on the bags of its delivery partners for people to call and report if any one of them were found to be speeding.

Zomato appoints 4 CEOs

Zomato will be appointing chief executive officers to lead its key business units after winning approval to acquire another delivery startup.

In an internal memo, the food delivery major said that it will name CEOs to at least four units after the deal for grocery-delivery startup Blinkit. The target company also owns a business-to-business unit called Hyperpure, which delivers ingredients and kitchen supplies to restaurants.

Zomato net loss halves to 186 cr in June qtr

Earlier this month, Zomato said its consolidated net loss in the first quarter of the current financial year almost halved to 186 crore due to higher income.

The company had reported a net loss of 360.7 crore in the year-ago period.

During the quarter under review, the company’s total income rose to 1,582 crore against 916.6 crore in the corresponding period of last year.

However, its total expenses also shot up to 1,767.7 crore from 1,259.7 crore, the company had said.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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