Aditya Birla’s TMRW to invest Rs200 crore in Bewakoof


After acquiring a controlling stake in Bewakoof Brands Pvt. Ltd, TMRW, a wholly-owned unit of Aditya Birla Fashion Retail Ltd, is going to invest 200 crore to fuel the growth of the direct-to-consumer brand (D2C) brand. 

“The terms for the growth capital are under discussions,” Bewakoof chief executive and cofounder Prabhkiran Singh told Mint in an interview. 

TMRW acquired a majority stake in the company for 200 crore by buying secondary stake in the firm and giving an exit to all of its existing investors. The firm will own around 73-80% stake in Bewakoof, post transaction.

Founded in 2012 by Prabhkiran Singh, Bewakoof posted a revenue of around 162 crore, up from 129 crore in the previous fiscal, as per Aditya Birla Fashion’s filing with the stock exchanges.

Bewakoof aims to touch 1500 crore in revenues over the next 5 years. With this partnership with TMRW, the company will be leveraging varied capabilities to help scale and grow its apparel business, it said in a release. 

“With Bewakoof’s loyal consumer base and our value-add in design, technology, brand building and supply chain, we aim to scale this brand to 500 crore plus in the next two years. With Bewakoof and other D2C brands in our portfolio, we see the leading digital first brands of tomorrow disrupting and fueling e-commerce growth in India,” said Prashanth Aluru, chief executive and co-founder, TMRW. 

TMRW, on Monday, had announced investments in eight digital-first lifestyle brands with an aim to foray into casual wear, kids wear and western wear market. The other seven brands include Berrylush, Natilene, Juneberry, Nauti Nati, Nobero, Urbano, Veirdo. 

Majority of the brands, however, are smaller than Bewakoof and have revenues in the range of 15 to 55 crore, Aditya Birla Fashion said in the filing. 

Aditya Birla Fashion launched TMRW earlier this year in line with the group’s strategy to launch and back new-age digital ventures. The venture is ABFRL’s attempt at creating a ‘House of Brands’ entity and actively invest in brands that are born online and draw a large part of their sales via the internet.

With these eight brands on board, TMRW has achieved a revenue run-rate of over 700 crore and is on a path to cross an annual revenue rate of 1500 crore in the next 12 months, the filing noted.

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