Ola has secured $100 million (Rs. 630 Cr) in latest round of funding from Falcon Edge, as per a TOI report. The online taxi aggregator has now reached a valuation of $5 billion.
The latest investment in Ola comes after a recent report stated that the company could raise $500 million in a funding round. According to report, the investment from Falcon Edge, who is an existing investor in Ola, is part of a $500 million investment that is divided into two parts. The first part of $300 million is already in with Falcon’s investment while Softbank and Tiger Global are investing $75 million (Rs 470 crore) each. Early investor Matrix Partners and another hedge fund Steadview Capital have also participated in this new round, added the report. Remaining $200 million will be invested in the company over the next two months from other investors.
Last month, Ratan Tata invested an undisclosed amount of sum in Ola while it also secured $400 million in funding from DST Global and others in April. The company has been expanding into new ventures like online food delivery service and Ola Store. It is planning to launch delivery service similar to Uber’s UberRush and also gearing up to launch bus service that will be integrated into its existing mobile app. Ola gets more than 80% of its booking from the Ola app which was recently integrated with TaxiForSure.
Ola’s biggest competitor is Uber which recently raised $1 billion in funding valuing at over $50 billion announced earlier this month that it will invest $1 billion in India over a period of nine months.