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Bigstylist raises Rs 8 crore more from Info Edge

Info Edge, the parent company of online services such as Naukri, 99Acres and others, has invested an additional Rs 8 crore in BigStylist, increasing its effective stake in the company to 49.37%: it invested via compulsorily convertible debentures. BigStylist (Green Leaves Consumer services Pvt Ltd) runs an on-demand marketplace for beauty professionals, and Info Edge likes to invest in market place businesses. Its competitors include UrbanClap and HouseJoy, which offer more than just beauty services. Urbanclap announced a $21M funding earlier this month. HouseJoy has substantially more funding. In December last year, the Hindu had reported that BigStylist was looking to raise $4 million in a series A round. Doesn't look like that happened. Businessworld had reported last month that BigStylist was looking to expand to the Delhi-NCR region, and that they did revenues of Rs 5-6 Cr, served close to 50,000 orders in the last year, and were "operationally profitable in every hyperlocality we operate in", but not net profitable in the two cities they operate in: Mumbai and Pune.   From Info Edge's Annual Report (pdf) BigStylist reported a Total Comprehensive Loss for FY17 at Rs 5.988 crores The net worth attributable to Info Edge's investment in BigStylist by the end of March 2017 (when it had 39.24% stake) was Rs 18.04 crores. Info Edge's investment in BigStylist With this investment, Info Edge has increased its stake from the 39% it had, when it invested Rs 6 crores in September 2016. This means that Info Edge has so far invested Rs 20.4 crores in the business: Rs…

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