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BookMyShow forays into food tech, acquires restaurant search engine Burrp

It is focusing on transforming into a complete entertainment destination as it faces new competition

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BookMyShow acquires Burrp

Online entertainment ticketing firm (BMS) has acquired Burrp, a Mumbai-based local restaurant recommendation engine, from Network18.

The is being carried out on a slump sale basis by Foodfesta Wellcare, an arm of Big Tree -- an associate firm of Industries, which is also the promoter group company of Network18.

"The includes transfer of Burrp's key assets to BookMyShow, including employees and existing restaurant partnerships," said in a statement.

Big Tree owns and operates platform.

In a regulatory filing, Network18 said: "The consideration for the slump sale is Rs 6.7 lakh and has been determined on the basis of valuation carried out by EY."

Burrp is India's oldest food-tech business and currently lists over 56,000 restaurants across 12 cities.

Burrp's during FY2016-17 was Rs 56.67 lakh accounting for 0.69 per cent of Network18's turnover. The net worth as on March 31, 2017 stood at a negative Rs 28.89 crore, Network18 said.

It further said considering the "insignificant contribution" of Burrp to and the investments and the focus required to be made, Network18 had decided to divest the Burrp business.

"The transaction is at arms' length basis and being a slump sale does not have any impact on the shareholding pattern of the company," Network18 said.

It added that the transfer will be effective from July 1.

Founded in 2006, Burrp was a prominent player in the restaurant discovery space until it lost ground to competitor Zomato.

has been focusing on transforming into a complete entertainment destination as it faces competition from new players like Paytm.

"Movie going in is a social activity and food is an integral part of it. This is where Burrp fits in for us. We are excited to have Burrp on board and look forward to benefiting from their experience, technology and partnerships," Head (Mergers and Acquisitions) Mansi Vora said.

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First Published: Tue, July 04 2017. 04:10 IST