US mutual fund marks down Flipkart share value by 25%

The valuation woes of Flipkart continued as a US mutual fund managed by Vanguard Investment marked down the value of its shares in the company by 25 per cent.

This is the sixth mark down for the largest e-commerce marketplace of the country in as many months.

LOSING ITS SHEEN
  • US mutual fund managed by Vanguard Investment marked down value of its shares in Flipkart by 25%
  • This is the sixth mark down for Flipkart in 2016
  • The MF marked down the value of its shares to $102.6 as on March 2016, from $136.87 in December 2015
  • Morgan Stanley marked down its investments twice, while T Rowe Price, Fidelity and Valic have also marked down their investments in the e-commerce firm

The mutual fund marked down the value of its shares to $102.6 as on March 2016, from $136.87 in December 2015.

Vanguard's value of its shares in Flipkart is $6 million, the fund disclosed to regulators last month.

Flipkart has maintained that investment cycles have bumps and internet-based sectors were undergoing one currently.

"Overall, these are financial cycles that happen in the whole world. I think the internet sector itself is going through a down cycle, but as the positive cycles don't last forever, the down cycles also don't last forever," said Sachin Bansal, chairman, Flipkart.

Morgan Stanley marked down its investments twice, while T Rowe Price, Fidelity and Valic have also marked down their investments in the e-commerce company.

In July 2015, Flipkart was valued at $15.2 billion, when it raised funds last. The estimated valuation hovers between $9.8 billion and $11.4 billion, based on the marked downs by these investors.

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