MUMBAI: Flipkart’s Myntra has acquired Jabong in a cut-price deal at USD 70 million, thereafter claiming the number one spot in India’s fashion e-commerce marketplace in the face of an onslaught by Amazon India.
Beating strong contenders like Snapdeal, Snapdeal, Future Group, Aditya Birla Group and Amazon which also bid to buy Jabong, Flipkart will pay cash for the acquisition, according to a statement by Jabong’s parent company Global Fashion Group (GFG).
GFG has been looking for a buyer for Jabong for more than a year now. “Fashion and lifestyle is one of the biggest drivers of e-commerce growth in India. We have always believed in the fashion and lifestyle segment and Myntra’s strong performance has reinforced this faith,” said Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal.
“This acquisition is a continuation of the group’s journey to transform commerce in India. I am happy that we will now be able to offer to millions of customers a wide variety of styles, products and a broad assortment of global as well as Indian brands,” he added, as reported by media.
The sale marks one of the most dramatic declines in India’s online retail business. At the end of 2013, Jabong was worth as much as €388 million (about $508 million). In that financial year (year ended March 2014) Jabong reported sales of Rs438 crore. Even though its sales increased to Rs 869 crore in the last financial year, Jabong’s value collapsed because of a combination of leadership issues, market share losses and a funding crunch.
For Flipkart-Myntra, the acquisition of Jabong will boost sales at a time when Flipkart is struggling to revive growth, and struggling to protect its leadership in a market where Amazon has made rapid strides.