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Sachin Tendulkar-backed Smaaash Entertainment planning ₹500 crore IPO

Sachin Tendulkar-backed Smaaash Entertainment planning ₹500 crore IPO

Sachin Tendulkar-supported startup Indian virtual sports and entertainment organization, Smaaash Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, is wanting to dispatch its first initial public offering (IPO) to raise ₹500 crore from the market, said two individuals aware of the development.



“Smaaash will raise near ₹500 crore through the IPO. The organization has named a couple of speculation investors. It is probably going to occur by December 2018,” said one of person who is aware of the development, as requested not to disclose his name . Whenever reached, Smaaash Entertainment declined to give any information and comment about this IPO..

Established in 2012 by businessman Shripal Morakhia, Smaaash is also promoted and endorsed by Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team.

In May, Nasdaq-recorded special purpose investment acquisition organization I-Am Capital had consented to an deal with Smaaash to buy a 24.5% stake in the organization for $49 million. “They are wanting to close the $49 million round from I-AM Capital in the following 15-20 days, most likely, before the finish of August. After that they will begin the IPO procedure,” said the second individual who also didn’t wanted to disclose his name.

Smaaash will utilize the money continues to subsidize its inorganic development activities, reimburse some portion of its obligation and for its working capital prerequisites.

The company owns and operates digital entertainment centres for cricket, football, go-karting and bowling, besides virtual games across its 30 centres in India. It also has a centre in the US and plans to expand its services to Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Last August, Smaaash had raised ₹90 crore from high net worth individuals (HNIs) customers of Avendus Wealth Management Pvt. Ltd, he wealth management arm of financial services firm Avendus Capital. The same months also saw PVR Ltd and the Major Cineplex Group selling their bowling joint venture, PVR BluO Entertainment Ltd, to Smaaash for ₹86 crore.

In July 2017, it had raised ₹280 crore through a mix of equity and debt. “Smaaash has cemented its position in the gaming and entertainment sector. The IPO will help accelerate its growth plans and expand further,” the first person added.

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