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Ranjan Pai’s MEMG and 360 One get CCI nod to invest in API Holdings


Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved a subscription to CCPS B of API holding by Ranjan Pai’s MEMG (Manipal Education and Medical Group) and 360 One.

The decision was followed by CCI’s previous approval where multiple combination proposals entailed investments by marquee investors such as Goldman Sachs, Naspers, Temasek, and CDPQ in API Holdings Ltd., the parent company of PharmEasy.

While the size of investment from Manipal Education and Medical Group) and 360 One are unknown, MEMG was reportedly looking to invest Rs 1,000 crore for an 18% stake in API Holdings.

Pai backed PharmEasy in its early days and eventually exited from the Mumbai-based firm a few years ago. Pai will have three board seats after the investment, filing added.

PharmEasy is trying to raise around Rs 3,500 crore for the past three quarters to repay debt which it took from Goldman Sach. The company defaulted on its loan covenant terms with Goldman Sachs and ever since then its valuation slashed nearly around 50% by its investor Janus Henderson. Prior to this, Neuberger Berman reduced PharmEasy’s valuation by 21.4% to $4.4 billion as of February 2023. The company was valued at $5.6 billion at its peak. 

PharmEasy had reported improved financials in the last fiscal year as its revenue from operations grew 16% to Rs 6,644 crore in FY23. As per the startup data intelligence platform TheKredible, the cost cutting measures helped PharmEasy control its losses by 16% which stood at Rs 2289 crore in the fiscal year ending March 2023.

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