The second-richest entrepreneur in the worldwide education sector is Byju Raveendran, founder of edtech giant BYJU, according to the M3M Hurun worldwide Rich List 2023, which was published on Wednesday.
According to the research, With a net worth of $3.3 billion, Byju Raveendran and his family are rated 994th on the global list of Indian billionaires, having climbed 1,005 positions in the previous three years. When schools were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and kids turned to online learning, Bengaluru-based Byju’s, which was established in 2011 and released its learning app in 2015, experienced a boom in sales. But as kids returned to school and the prognosis for the world economy grew worse, demand started to decline.
Byju is rumored to hold finance discussions
The world’s most valuable edtech business, Byju’s, is currently attempting to raise over $500 million through agreements with investors, including TPG. This much-needed money infusion could aid Byju’s in avoiding future debt problems.
According to a Bloomberg article, a number of investment firms, including TPG and two Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds, have started their due diligence on the company, which hopes to maintain its valuation at around $22 billion throughout the fundraising. This is true despite a worldwide tech downturn that has resulted in thousands of layoffs, decreased global investment activity, and reduced the valuations of formerly high-flying digital startups by billions.
According to the report, Byju’s may issue convertible notes that would convert into shares around an initial public offering. It is uncertain if the potential investors will proceed with a contract given the current negotiations over the terms of the amount and structure. Byju’s is currently in separate discussions with creditors to rework the terms of a $1.2 billion loan deal that is in violation of covenants.
The Bengaluru-based business, which was established in 2015 and was formerly known as Think & Learn Pvt, postponed its ambitions to list on the stock market last year due to the downturn in the world markets. Days after announcing a 5% employee reduction, it last raised money in October at a $22 billion value.
Byju’s obtained billions of dollars in funding to finance a global acquisition binge in the face of a global tech slowdown, with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, General Atlantic, and Tiger Global. The business, which once had 150 million members, has since struggled with problems like a significant delay in filing audited financial statements and a cutback in financing last year.
The company submitted its audited financial reports last year, which revealed significant losses for the year ending March 2021. In addition, it promised to cut its marketing and sales expenses by $2.5 million, or around 5% of its whole staff, and to turn a profit by March.
Byju Raveendran, the founder and a former educator who is also a son of teachers, is currently working on that turnaround strategy and has forecast a recovery for this year. In order to raise money and increase his ownership stake in the company to as much as 40%, he has considered using his shares as collateral.
Additionally, it is putting the finishing touches on a $1 billion initial public offering of the tutoring company Aakash Educational Services and may look into IPOs of additional divisions.