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Byju's closes $1-bn Akash acquisition, raises $800-mn funding

Clears $950 mn payment to Aakash Educational Service

Byjus employees meet Kerala minister after 170 staff asked to resign

Byju's employees meet Kerala minister after 170 staff 'asked to resign' 

New Delhi: Edtech firm Byju's said on Monday that it has completed payment that was due for the acquisition of Aakash Educational Service and received majority of $800 million fund, which it announced in March.

The company is estimated to have acquired Aakash Educational Services Limited for around $950 million.

"Our fundraising efforts are on track and the majority of the 800 million has been already received. The balance is also expected soon. Our payments to Aakash are closed and the audited financial results are going to be announced in the next 10 days," Byju's said in a statement.

Byju's founder and CEO Byju Raveendran has made a personal investment of $400 million (over Rs3,000 crore) of the total $800 million (about Rs6,000 crore) raised in the latest funding round by the company. The fresh round of funding has been conducted valuing the company at $22 billion.

Talking about lay-offs at the company, the statement said that the decision has been made to improve business efficiencies throughout the Byju's and its group companies. "In order to reduce redundancies across our organisation after multiple acquisitions, we had to let go of nearly one per cent of our over 50,000 strong workforce.

This retrenchment was a result of a strategic decision to improve business efficiencies throughout Byju's and its group companies. Byju's remains a net hirer," the edtech firm said. Sacked employees of Byju's group, however, claimed the number of laid-off staff was higher than that cited by the company. "With over 50,000 employees and growing, we take immense pride in our role as India's largest job creator among startups. Byju's continues to hire across levels for various businesses, departments and functions," the company said.

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