According to regulatory documents, before the Indian hotel chain plans to go public, Microsoft has invested US$5 million (approximately Rs 37.15 crore) in Oyo, which is backed by SoftBank.

According to the documents submitted by Oyo to the Registrar of Companies, Oravel Stays Pvt Ltd (Oyo) approved the issuance of equity equivalent to Rs 5 million and convertible cumulative preferred shares to Microsoft through private placement on July 16.

Last month, a source with the matter told Reuters that Microsoft is in in-depth negotiations to invest in Oyo at a valuation of US$9 billion.

The Japanese conglomerate SoftBank’s 46%-owned hotel aggregator experienced months of layoffs, cost cuts and losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, with the relaxation of travel restrictions and the increase in vaccinations, travel demand in India is slowly recovering, and the passenger flow of local tourist attractions is increasing.

In early July, Oyo’s founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal stated that the company would consider a potential public offering, but did not provide a timetable.

India is currently witnessing an IPO frenzy. In July, the food company Zomato made its debut. Paytm, backed by Berkshire Hathaway Inc, and Ola, a ride-hailing company also backed by SoftBank, are other Indian hoping to enter the market.

Last week, a financial news website reported that Oyo had shortlisted JP Morgan, Kotak Mahindra Capital and Citi, with an initial share offering of more than US$1.2 billion. Oyo did not respond to a request for comment on the report.


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