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Indian SaaS industry revenue may grow 14x to $75.3 billion by 2025: Report

The report by Chiratae Ventures and Zinnov says India’s digital talent will double from 0.8 million in 2020 to 1.5 million in 2025. Indian SaaS companies may fulfill 19% of global SaaS demand by 2025, it adds.

September 06, 2021 / 05:08 PM IST
Only 30 percent of Indian SaaS companies are headquartered in India, while the rest are based out of the US, the report said. (Representative image)

Only 30 percent of Indian SaaS companies are headquartered in India, while the rest are based out of the US, the report said. (Representative image)

Propelled by aggressive digital adoption across companies under the pandemic, the Indian software as a service (SaaS) market which witnessed 5x growth in revenues in the past five years is set for explosive growth by 2025. A report by Venture Capital firm Chiratae Ventures and consulting firm Zinnov says that the market value of SaaS is expected to surpass IT services by 2025-30.

The report titled ‘Indian SaaS Revolution: Rising Trillion Dollar Global Opportunity’ says that at current growth, India's SaaS industry revenues will grow eight times from $5.3 billion in 2020 to $42.2 billion in 2025. At aggressive growth, the report pips industry revenue to grow 14x to $75.3 billion by 2025.

With the global SaaS market expected to reach $400 billion by 2025, in a best-case scenario Indian SaaS companies will be able to fulfill 19% of the global SaaS demand.

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By 2025, the Enterprise Value to Revenue valuation multiple of Indian SaaS is expected to reach the current 2021 levels of the US SaaS market. The report says valuation multiples are set to grow from 12x in 2020 to 18x in 2025 based on aggressive growth estimates.

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In the last five years, the number of active SaaS companies doubled from 500 plus in 2015, to over 1,000 in 2020. Revenue grew five-fold from $1 billion in 2015 to $5.3 billion in 2020.

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However, a majority of the revenues for Indian SaaS companies come from outside of India and that is only set to grow further. The contribution of global revenues stood at 70 percent in 2020 and is expected to grow to 85 percent in 2025.

Only 30 percent of Indian SaaS companies are headquartered in India, while the rest are based out of the US, the report said.

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India currently accounts for around 25 to 30 percent of global digital talent at 0.8 million. By 2025 the number is set to double to 1.5 million.

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Priyanka Iyer
Tags: #IT #SaaS
first published: Sep 6, 2021 05:01 pm

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