VC firm Stripes Group has, in partnership with existing investors, injected $81m worth of funding into BookMyShow, which sells concert and movie tickets in five countries
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BigTree Entertainment's BookMyShow, which dominates India's concert, cinema and sports ticketing markets, grew revenues to $35.2m and posted $473k in profit in 2015–16
By IQ on 19 Sep 2016
BookMyShow, India’s largest primary ticket agency, returned to profit last year, its latest financial results reveal, with an 85% growth in turnover to ₹2.36 billion (US$35.24 million) for a net profit of ₹31.7 million (US$473,308).
The 2015–2016 financial year (FY16) marked the first time the company’s books have been in the black since 2012–2013 (FY13) – profitability being a “rarity in [the] Indian e-commerce sector”, says the Indian Economic Times – and compares to losses of ₹135.2m and ₹39.8m in FY15 and ’14, respectively.
Online/mobile platform BookMyShow, owned by BigTree Entertainment, leans towards film ticketing, which comprises around half of its business, with live events and sports contributing 35% and advertising the remainder. According to the International Ticketing Yearbook 2016, its share of the Indian live entertainment market stands at 85–90%.
The company in July raised over $80m in venture-capital funding from the US-based Stripes Group, whose managing partner Dan Marriott said BookMyShow is “uniquely positioned to tap into India’s […] entertainment market, which [is] among the fastest growing globally”.
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