- Tiger Global has invested in three B2B ecommerce platforms Infra.Market, Moglix and OfBusiness this year.
- The three players compete with each other in this sub segment of B2B, but the intricacies of their businesses are quite different.
- OfBusiness is a tech-enabled platform that enables small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with procurement of raw materials and credits.
OfBusiness, which allows businesses to purchase bulk orders from sellers online, has doubled its valuation to $3 billion in a $207 million fresh funding round led by Tiger Global.
The company was valued at $1.5 billion in July when it raised $160 million from SoftBank, Falcon Edge, and Matrix Partners. Softbank, along with Falcon Edge-managed Alpha Wave Incubation, also participated in the latest round with an infusion of $43 million.
New York-based Tiger Global — which is also an investor in other business-to-business (B2B) marketplaces Infra. Market and Moglix — has infused $150 million in the New Delhi-based startup. It is likely to infuse another $15-20 million in the coming round.
This is the third major funding round closed by OfBusiness this year. In April this year, the company had raised $110 million led by Falcon Edge Capital at a valuation of $800 million.
Interestingly, this is also the third unicorn investment made by Tiger Global in the B2B eCommerce space. Infra.Market, Moglix, and OfBusiness are competitors in th is sub segment of B2B, but the intricacies of their businesses are quite different.
|Infra.Market||Construction material||$2.5 billion|
|OfBusiness||Manufacturing and infrastructure development material||$3 billion|
|Moglix||Industrial and home products||$1.33 billion|
The nearly $3 billion worth Udaan, too, is a prominent player in the B2B eCommerce space. It helps small businesses to procure products — across categories like electronics, home and kitchen, staples, fruit and vegetables, and more — at lower prices.
Zetwerk — valued at $1.33 billion — entered the unicorn club this year, when it raised $150 million in a round led by D1 Capital. It focuses on the online sale of manufacturing materials.
What is OfBusiness up to?
Founded by Asish Mohapatra, Bhuvan Gupta, Vasant Sridhar, Ruchi Kalra, and Nitin Jain in 2015, the New Delhi-based startup is a tech-enabled platform that enables small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with procurement of raw materials and credits.
It has a separate entity, NBFC Oxyzo Financial Services, to offer financing solutions to SMEs. This entity has a loan book of $240 million, with 5,000 borrowers on the list.
The company claims to be at an annual revenue run-rate of $1.4 billion. It further plans to increase this with the expansion of its operations and acquisition of other businesses, Mohapatra told The Economic Times. It claims to be underway to close several such acquisitions.
The company competes with platforms like Moglix, Infra.Market, Zetwerks, and others on the B2B eCommerce business fronts. SME lending, it is competing with other platforms like BharatPe, Lendingkart, Aye Finance, and many others.
OfBusiness, along with its B2B eCommerce rivals mentioned above, are among the 28 startups that entered the unicorn club this year, with a valuation of over $1 billion.