Strongly disagreeing with the HSBC report, Chintan Thakkar, CFO of Info Edge, a major investor in the search firm, said: “We don’t agree with the report. We think there should have been a better understanding of Info Edge and Zomato.”
Even as HSBC analysts on Zomato were concerned about its food delivery business, Thakkar said the search firm’s main business model is classifieds, and not food delivery.
Regarding Zomato’s foreign push, Thakkar said in an interview with CNBC-TV18, it takes time for the business to grow. Listing of restaurants will take time and traffic will be slow in coming, he said.
Out of 23 countries, in 18 countries, Zomato is a traffic leader. It will take some time for the company to start monetising its overseas business, he said.
“In seven to eight countries, it has started to break even.”
As regards the layoffs that happened at Zomato recently, Thakkar said there is bound to be ‘right-sizing’ when a company is trying to get its act together
“We think Zomato is on the right track.”