Yatra raises debt fund from InnoVen Capital for global expansion

Venture debt firm InnoVen Capital recently closed a cross-border funding deal of Rs.100 crores with online travel firm Yatra, making it the largest venture debt funding provided to any Indian business and also the largest venture debt deal funded by any venture debt firm in India.

Started in 2008 as the first dedicated venture debt provider in India, InnoVen Capital offers multiple debt capital solutions, including venture debt, acquisition finance, growth loans, and syndication. The firm has since then expanded to South East Asia and China. InnoVen is also an investor in Oyo Rooms, Swiggy, Pepperfry, Shopclues, Byju’s, Freecharge, Myntra, Firstcry, Capillary and Practo in India.

“Through InnoVen’s cross border funding capability and our confidence in Yatra’s management team, we were able to meet the financing needs of Yatra across different geographies,” said Chin Chao, Interim CEO, InnoVen Capital India and CEO, InnoVen Capital South-East Asia.

Gurgaon-headquartered Yatra was founded in August 2006 by Sabina Chopra, Manish Amin and Dhruv Shringi. It provides a full range of travel-related services such as domestic and international air ticketing, hotel booking, homestays, holiday packages, bus ticketing, rail ticketing, activities, attractions and ancillary services.

Yatra recently announced the acquisition of Air Travel Bureau Ltd., an independent corporate travel services provider, making the combination the largest corporate travel services platform in India.

“After having raised USD 92 million through our Nasdaq listing in December 2016, this debt funding provides us additional capital for our growth needs. InnoVen is a market leader in venture debt funding in India and their credit exposure to Yatra is another strong reaffirmation of our leadership position in Indian online travel space and strong business fundamentals,” said Group CFO Yatra, Alok Vaish.

InnoVen Capital India had previously extended a USD 4 million venture debt facility to Yatra in 2013, while the latest funding is the second round of financing to the company.

The newly raised debt capital will be utilized to meet the growth and diversification needs of Yatra and to add to its list of services that further enrich travel offerings for its users.