Construction goods and services platform Infra.Market maintained its growth trajectory with over 9X surge in gross scale during the last two fiscal years, rising from Rs 1,240 crore in FY21 to Rs 11,846 crore in FY23. Despite the hyper-growth, the Mumbai-based company has remained profitable for the past several fiscal years.
While the firm’s profit dipped nearly 17% in FY23, Infra.Market’s gross revenue surged 90% to Rs 11,846 crore in the said fiscal year from Rs 6,236 crore in FY22, its consolidated financial statements sourced from the Registrar of Companies show.
Infra.Market sells construction materials, infrastructure goods, and technical equipment which accounted for over 96% of its total operating revenue. Collections from these verticals grew nearly 89% to Rs 11,383 crore in FY23 from Rs 6,002 crore in FY22.
The company has over 4,000 retail stores with more than 25 exclusive brand outlets across 22 states which is backed by over 100 dedicated manufacturing units.
The cost of procurement of materials formed 86% of the overall expenditure. This cost surged 82.1% to Rs 9,974 crore in FY23. As the company hired aggressively to keep up with the growth, its employee benefits grew around 2X to Rs 279 crore in FY23.
Infra.Market freight, legal-professional, power-fuel, information technology, and other overheads pushed its total expenditure up by 91.6% to Rs 11,607 crore in FY23 from Rs 6,058 crore in FY22. Check TheKredible for the detailed expense breakup.
- Cost of material consumed
- Employee benefits
- Cost freight
- Legal professional
- Power and fuel
The notable growth and controlled cost helped Infra.Market to maintain profits which stood at Rs 155 crore during the previous fiscal year. Its ROCE and EBITDA margin stood at 15% and 5.7%, respectively. On a unit level, it spent Rs 0.98 to earn a rupee in FY23.
|Expense/₹ of Op Revenue
Infra.Market has raised over $500 million across rounds in a mix of equity and debt. According to the startup intelligence data platform TheKredible, Tiger Global is the largest external stakeholder with 21.33% stake followed by Accel and Nexus Ventures which command 16.87% and 8.46% shares, respectively.
Head to TheKredible to see the complete shareholding.
In the B2B e-commerce (industrial supply) business, Infra.Market competes with the likes of Zetwerk, OfBusiness and Moglix. Zetwerk’s gross revenue from operations grew 130% to Rs 11,448.6 crore in FY23 with a loss of Rs 108 crore. OfBusiness emerged as the largest player in this space with Rs 15,342 crore revenue and Rs 463 crore profit while Moglix reported Rs 4,595 crore in revenue and Rs 193 crore loss in the last fiscal year.
With all key players achieving significant balance sheet size on the back of positive PAT or small losses, the segment is set to consolidate, with the possibility of smaller players being absorbed by the top 3 or 4. The category as a whole has enough space to grow, considering the small size of the organised sector and the many emerging opportunities from India’s push to be a manufacturing hub. Players will be willing to bide their time before they seek margin improvement, as they strengthen their positions in their key segments. Be it Zetwerk in say, renewable energy, or construction industry for another etc. Comfortably placed among the top 3, Infra.Market can be expected to continue to deliver healthy topline growth on the back of a fast growing economy in India. Faster bottomline growth or better margins will require a lower share for procurement of materials, something that we believe will not happen quickly.