Easy Trip Planners ipo: Easy Trip co-founder upbeat despite IPO at worst time for travel


Easy Trip Planners Ltd., the Indian travel search engine that postponed its preliminary public providing from final 12 months to lastly make its inventory market debut earlier this month, couldn’t have timed issues a lot worse.

Instead of home and worldwide travel rebounding by now as hoped, an aggressive wave of coronavirus circumstances within the South Asian nation has sparked night-time curfews and contemporary lockdowns in components of the nation. India’s vaccine roll out has additionally been gradual — at this charge, it can take 2.4 years to cowl 75% of the inhabitants with a two-dose jab — prolonging the restoration for airways and tourism.

Still, Easy Trip Director Prashant Pitti is sanguine, despite the fact that his firm, which operates EaseMyTrip.com, will get greater than 90% of its income from promoting airline tickets.

“Since the IPO, Covid cases have started going up, that’s unfortunate, we didn’t foresee it,” mentioned Pitti, who based Easy Trip in 2008 together with his brothers Nishant, who’s CEO, and Rikant, one other director. Although the net travel market in India is crowded, the corporate is rising, with vacationers attracted by its coverage of not charging a service charge if different reductions aren’t being utilized in tandem, Pitti mentioned.

“Because of this strategy, we’ve been able to grow through word of mouth. We spend very little money on marketing and discounts compared to our peers,” he mentioned. EaseMyTrip, which will get commissions from airways and is worthwhile, additionally sells resort rooms, vacation packages and rail and bus tickets.

The Delhi-based group, whose IPO raised 5.1 billion rupees ($70 million) with the vast majority of that going to Nishant and Rikant as they bought down their pursuits, has nonetheless been hit by cancellations as folks scrap their travel plans.

Cost Conscious

The coronavirus outbreak “materially and adversely” affected money flows and disrupted income, the corporate mentioned in its preliminary prospectus. Gross reserving income fell to 12.2 billion rupees within the 9 months via December versus 31.8 billion rupees the identical interval of 2019. Booking volumes greater than halved.

Investors don’t appear too perturbed, with Easy Trip shares buying and selling 9% above their 187-rupee challenge worth on Tuesday. Ventura Securities Ltd. mentioned in a report earlier this month that the corporate’s robust funds ought to see it via these tough instances.

“Being bootstrapped, the management has tended to be extremely cost conscious,” Ventura mentioned. “Their primary driver is that they do not charge a convenience fee and this is what sets them apart from their peers like Make My Trip, Yatra and Clear Trip. This strategy has paid off handsomely during the pandemic and has ensured they gained market share.”

EaseMyTrip is now the second-largest on-line travel company in India, primarily based on reserving volumes, in keeping with Ventura.

“We’re here for the long haul,” Pitti mentioned. “We know if we continue to deliver consistently like we have for the past 13 years, our investors will be happy.”