Indian food delivery firm Swiggy buys table reservation platform Dineout

Indian food and grocery delivery company Swiggy on Friday said it has signed a definitive agreement with Times Internet to acquire restaurant table reservation platform Dineout.

The acquisition comes amidst intensifying competition between Swiggy and its rival Zomato, both of which are vying for a bigger portion of Indian consumers’ pockets through their food and grocery delivery offerings. In a rare occurrence, the two companies together invested in SaaS company UrbanPiper, which provides a single-window platform to restaurants to help run their operations.

Now, with Dineout’s acquisition, Swiggy said it “will double down on the synergies with Dineout’s offerings, including dining out table reservations and events”. Dineout has a network of over 50,000 restaurant partners in 20 cities, which Swiggy stands to benefit from. The startup makes money by selling annual memberships to restaurants and customers and through its billing payments solution.

Previously, media reports had suggested that Dineout was also in talks with credit cards payment company Cred for an acquisition pegging the dining out app’s valuation at $25-50 million. Dineout’s co-founder Ankit Mehrotra had denied these claims.

Dineout was founded by Mehrotra, Nikhil Bakshi, Sahil Jain and Vivek Kapoor in 2012, and was acquired by Times Internet in 2014 through its TimesCity platform for about Rs 60 crore.

Swiggy did not disclose the size of the deal and said Dineout would continue to operate as an independent app even after the acquisition. However, TechCrunch reported, quoting a source, that it could be an all-equity deal valuing Dineout at $200 million.

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