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Exclusive: Flipkart-backed Blackbuck converts into public company


Online trucking platform Blackbuck has converted itself into a public company. This marks the company’s concrete step towards its planned initial public offering (IPO).

The board at Blackbuck has approved the resolution to change the company’s status from private to public. Its name has now changed from Zinka Logistics Solutions Private Limited to Zinka Logistics Solutions Limited.

The proposed conversion will help the company to raise funds from a large pool of investors to meet the growth requirements and vision of the company, according to the filings.

The nine-year-old firm provides B2B logistics solutions for long-haul trucking and provides intercity logistics services to large companies including medium and small medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Blackbuck has raised over $350 million to date including its $67 million Series E round led by Tribe Capital, IFC Emerging Asia Fund, and VEF when the Flipkart-backed firm entered into the coveted unicorn club.

According to the startup data intelligence platform TheKredible, Accel is the largest external stakeholder with 18.58% followed by Quickroutes International and Sans Capital Growth. Its co-founders Rajesh Yabaji, Chanakya Hridya, and Ramasubramaniam Balasubramaniam cumulatively command 26.82% of the company.

Blackbuck’s revenue from operations decreased 15.5% to Rs 704 crore in FY23 from Rs 833 crore in FY22. Along with a drop in revenue, the company also controlled its expenses and managed to keep a tap on its losses to Rs 290 crore in FY23 from Rs 285 crore in the previous year.

As per media reports, Blackbuck is planning to go public in the second half of FY25 and aims to raise up to $300 million in capital. Blackbuck will be among the few tech IPOs which saw decline in revenue for the three consecutive years (FY21 to FY23). The company is yet to file its annual report for FY24.

A clutch of new age internet companies such as TBO tech, Digit Insurance, and Awfis have listed in 2024 so far while Ixigo is readying for listing on June 18. Ola Electric, MobiKwik and FirstCry are all set to list on the bourses this year.

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