Aditi Shrivastava & Madhav Chanchani, ET Bureau
MUMBAI | BENGALURU: After months of resisting a potential merger, CommonFloor finally acquiesced. Quikr on Thursday announced acquisition of the property search website for an undisclosed amount in a majority stock-swap transaction, which will give CommonFloor access to the online classifieds firm’s vast customer base.
After the deal, Quikr will be valued at about $1.5 billion (about Rs 10,000 crore) based on the share-swap ratio, a person directly involved in the transaction said. This will catapult it into the rarefied club of Indian Unicorns, or companies worth at least a billion dollars. CommmonFloor, which has built a robust technology platform for home hunters, was unable to raise fund or monetise its business model.
ET first reported about the CommonFloor-Quikr deal in its October 2 edition. Talks between the two companies had been going on for the last 6-7 months. New York-based investment firm Tiger Global Management is an investor in both the companies. The purchase comes just four months after Quikr launched its own home search business, QuikrHomes.