The investment by Warburg Pincus will enable the company to further fortify its leading market position, widen its R&D capabilities and product portfolio, and build on boAt’s efforts to create and support a manufacturing ecosystem under the Make-in-India initiative, enabling the manufacture of products in India.
Home-grown Indian brand boAt has raised approximately $100 million from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity fund focused on growth investing. This investment is a landmark deal for the direct-to-consumer (D2C) industry in India as it endorses the sector’s coming of age with consumers trusting and gravitating towards brands launched online.
As a digitally native brand in India, boAt has consistently been breaking barriers in a sector traditionally dominated by established global brands, placing Indian brands on the global map. In addition to solidifying its position in the Indian market as the #1 player, boAt has also emerged as the 5th largest wearable brand globally, according to IDC data.
Sameer Mehta, Co-Founder, boAt commented: “As boAt enters the next phase of growth and innovation, we look forward to benefitting from Warburg’s pedigree, collective experience and resources in helping us scale. Going forward, with the Government’s support, we will focus on building capabilities in domestic R&D and undertake vertical integration across both the hearable and wearable space to establish India as a global supplier.”
Vishal Mahadevia, Managing Director and Head, Warburg Pincus India, said: “We see a compelling growth story in boAt and believe the company is well-poised to build upon the strong leadership position it has carved out within the industry and stands to benefit from the secular tailwinds of e-commerce growth in India. Warburg Pincus is excited to partner with the management team of boAt led by Aman & Sameer in this journey and we look forward to supporting them through the next phase of the company’s growth.”
Avendus Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to boAt and its shareholders on the transaction.
Source: Business World