Shares of Zomato Ltd rallied over 17% to ₹66 apiece on the BSE in Tuesday’s opening deals after the online food delivery platform’s consolidated net loss widened to ₹359.7 crore in the fourth quarter ended March 2022, impacted by higher expenses. Revenue from operations rose 75% to ₹1,212 crore from ₹692 crore year-on-year (YoY).
Gross Order Value (GOV) during the quarter grew by 6% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 77% from the year-ago period to a record high of ₹5,850 crore in the fourth quarter.
“Zomato is aiming for an accelerated growth, despite which, the focus is on loss reduction, aligning with the long term shareholder expectation. 1QFY23 loss should come down meaningfully,” analysts at Jefferies said.
On the operational front, Zomato reported an adjusted EBITDA loss of ₹224.5 crore for Q4FY22, which has narrowed on a quarterly basis, but has nearly doubled on a year-on-year basis.
Contribution margin (% of GOV) is likely to get to a double-digit in the long term, with some cities already at this level. Zomato still expects to lower the delivery cost through better fleet utilisation, the brokerage added while maintaining its Buy rating on Zomato shares with target price of ₹100.
Zomato has about ₹12,200 crore unrestricted cash at this point and it said the capital needs are currently limited. “We are well funded to fuel all our growth plans in all our businesses. There is no need/plan to raise any further capital at this stage,” the company said.
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