Byju’s raises over 2k crore in funding

The latest funding was led by New York-based Oxshott Capital Partners, which invested 1,200 crore as part of a Series F round at 285,072 per share.
Byju’s CEO and founder Byju Raveendran.(Mint)
Byju’s CEO and founder Byju Raveendran.(Mint)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 07:50 AM IST
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Livemint | ByJoseph Rai, New Delhi

Edtech unicorn Byju’s has raised 2,200 crore in fresh funds, underlining investor faith in India’s most valuable startup despite its widening losses.

The latest funding was led by New York-based Oxshott Capital Partners, which invested 1,200 crore as part of a Series F round at 285,072 per share, according to regulatory filings reported by researcher Tofler. Other investors in the round included Edelweiss ( 344.9 crore), IIFL ( 110 crore), Verition Multi-Strategy Master Fund ( 147 crore) and XN Exponent Holdings ( 150 crore).

The company secured some of the largest cheques from institutional investors in the past year as the covid pandemic fuelled an online learning boom, with parents enrolling kids in online classes as schools closed to prevent infections.

In June, Byju’s raised $1.5 billion from UBS Group, Abu Dhabi sovereign fund ADQ, and Blackstone Group, among others, at a valuation of $16.5 billion. Two months earlier, Byju’s raised more than $1 billion from investors led by Baron Funds, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group, and US-based hedge fund XN Exponent Holding at a valuation of around $15 billion.

Byju’s has been on a buying spree and has shelled out over $2.2 billion in acquisitions this year alone. Just last month, it bought US kids’ coding platform, Tynker, in its ninth acquisition this year. It also acquired online exam preparation platform Gradeup in September. Earlier this year, the edtech firm acquired higher education platform Great Learning for $600 million, kids’ digital reading platform, Epic, for $500 million, and test preparation provider Aakash Educational Services for $1 billion in quick succession.

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