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Livspace turns unicorn with $180 million Series F round led by KKR

Anuj Srivastava and Ramakant Sharma.
Anuj Srivastava and Ramakant Sharma.

The funds will be channelled towards strategic investments into innovative companies to help them scale and grow even faster.



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Published: Tue 8 Feb 2022, 4:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 8 Feb 2022, 4:45 PM

Livspace, one of Asia’s largest omni-channel home interior and renovation platforms, and KKR, a global investment firm, announced a $180 million Series F fundraising in which KKR will participate as the lead investor.

The Series F round also witnessed participation from existing investors such as Ingka Group Investments (part of largest IKEA retailer Ingka Group), Jungle Ventures, Venturi Partners, and Peugeot Investments, among others.

Anuj Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO of Livspace, said, “We are honoured to collaborate with KKR in our next phase of growth and for the trust expressed by our existing shareholders. Their deep understanding of global markets, strong brand name and proven expertise in partnering with new age digital brands will help us scale our business 10x in the coming duration. Our business is growing exponentially in both India and Singapore and we aim to replicate this playbook, launch new solutions and accelerate our launches across new markets with operations across APAC, MENA and Australia.”

To support its ambitious expansion plans, Livspace will launch in new markets, double down on brand building in India and Singapore, and continue investing in its pioneering platform technology and digitally integrated supply chain; and hire, develop and nurture talent across the board to support both new and existing businesses.

Ramakant Sharma, Co-Founder and COO of Livspace, added, “As the largest player in this industry, we look to expand our spectrum of new offerings for the homeowner, create the best technology for our marketplace partners and deliver dream homes to our customers across all geographies. With the fresh investments, we are well set up to launch new solutions for homeowners and become the go-to platform brand for all things home.”

The funds will also be channelled towards strategic investments into innovative companies to help them scale and grow even faster. The Company recently acquired a majority stake in Qanvast, a Singapore-based home remodeling and design platform connecting homeowners and trusted home professionals.

Gaurav Trehan, Partner and CEO of KKR India, said, “We are pleased to invest in Livspace, a unique, tech-enabled business with terrific growth potential. Our investment in Livspace extends KKR’s long-term commitment to Indian consumers made through our growth technology strategy in India. Anuj and Ramakant have been leaders in evolving the home renovation industry, and KKR looks to draw on our deep technological and operational expertise, as well as our regional and global network, to support Livspace’s continued growth.”

Louis Casey, KKR’s growth technology lead in Southeast Asia, added, “Livspace is solving a complicated, multi-stakeholder problem which requires a mix of sophisticated software applications, strong execution capability, and a consumer-centric approach. We believe that over time, this combination of competencies will build a strong competitive advantage that will see Livspace extend its leadership position, enter new markets and broaden its offerings. We are excited to work together with Anuj, Ramakant, and the Livspace team on this journey.”

KKR is making the investment in Livspace from its Asia next generation technology strategy. Livspace is KKR’s latest growth technology investment in Asia and adds to other recent investments in the region including Lenskart, an omni-channel eyewear retailer in India, moody, a tech-enabled eyewear company in China, Adopt A Cow, a digitalised, direct-to-consumer dairy company in China, GrowSari, an e-commerce platform serving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines, and KiotViet, a merchant platform for MSMEs in Vietnam. Additional details of the transaction are not disclosed.

Founded by Anuj Srivastava and Ramakant Sharma in 2015, Livspace has become synonymous with end-to-end seamless home interiors and renovation services. Through its pioneering technology platform, one of the largest digitally integrated supply chains in the home improvement industry and a unique three-sided marketplace-based approach, the Company has created a strong value chain helping homeowners, vendors and designers.

— business@khaleejtimes.com


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