Used Car Unicorn Cars24 Rolls Out ESOP Buyback Worth INR 75 Cr

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The value of total ESOP buyback of Cars24 till date stands at INR 113 Cr

So far, Cars24 has raised $1.3 Bn funds and has reported operating revenue of $371.3 Mn

Trell, Ninjacart, Porter, Slice, Lead, Homelane, Axio and Bizongo are a few Indian startups that have also led ESOP buybacks in 2022

Used car marketplace Cars24 has announced its annual ESOP buyback worth INR 75 Cr to reward its employees. The startup initiated ESOP buyback at the beginning of 2022. It has consistently led annual ESOP buyback initiatives for the last four years, for its employees both existing and former. 

The value of total ESOP buyback for the company till date stands at INR 113 Cr.

“This announcement demonstrates our confidence in our business and the growth we are witnessing. Our annual ESOP buyback plan is an extension of our appreciation for our employees. We want to recognize and reward them for their determination and drive to achieve the unthinkable by solving unique problems each day that haven’t been solved before with respect to the used car market. For start-ups, ESOPs are a great way of attracting and retaining talent,” said Ruchit Agarwal, cofounder and CFO, Cars24. 

Earlier in December 2021, the auto ecommerce platform had bagged $400 Mn in its Series G funding round led by Alpha Wave Global. In September 2021, it garnered $450 Mn in its Series F funding round led by DST Global, Falcon Edge and SoftBank Vision Fund 2. It entered the unicorn club in 2020 after raising $200 Mn in the funding round. So far, it has raised $1.3 Bn in funding. 

Established in 2015 by Ruchit Agarwal, Vikram Chopra, Mehul Agrawal and Gajendra Jangid, Cars24 is the global ecommerce platform for pre-owned vehicles. It aims to transform the used car industry by taking the entire journey of searching, buying, selling, and financing online. 

In FY21, the autotech startup reported operating revenue of $371.3 Mn. At present, it claims to have grown by 65-70% in its revenue with ARR of $1 Bn for FY22. Out of this, more than 20% of its revenue comes from international markets. It is reportedly planning to achieve $2 Bn in revenue by FY23. 

Some of the Cars24 competitors in the used car market are CarDekho, Spinny, Droom, CarTrade, CarWale, and Carnation. 

According to a Redseer report, the Indian used car market is one of the largest markets across the world, placed at the fifth position after China, US, Japan and Germany.  

ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plans) is a benefit plan for employees that permits them to have an ownership interest in the company. Under the ESOP buyback, employees can earn profit apart from the remuneration that they receive. 

In recent times, ESOP buyback, especially in the startup ecosystem, has become a way to retain employees in the company. Several Indian startups have led ESOP buybacks in 2022 namely: Trell, Ninjacart, Porter, Slice, Lead, Homelane, Axio and Bizongo. 

A similar trend was noticed in the previous year as well. In 2021, a large number of companies offered ESOP buybacks. The names include Flipkart, Browerstack, Swiggy, upGrad, Udaan, Sharechat, Zerodha, PhonePe, Cred, Spinny, and Razorpay among others. 

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