Edtech unicorn upGrad’s losses widened three times to ₹627 crore in the financial year ended March 2022, compared to ₹211 crore losses reported last year.

The company’s MCA filings show that its employee benefit costs have jumped 2.4 times in FY22 to ₹383 crore compared to ₹161 crore in FY21. 

Other expenses increased 2.5 times to around ₹616 crore in FY22  compared to ₹248 crore in FY21 on a consolidated basis. This includes expenses like advertising and marketing spend. upGrad’s total revenue, on a consolidated basis, doubled to ₹682 crore in FY22. On a standalone basis, its total revenue jumped to ₹519 crore (₹303 crore). 

Offline higher education

Earlier this week, upGrad announced its entry into the offline higher education space with the launch of its new brand “UGDX” which stands for upGrad’s massive thrust in emerging digital technologies. With an investment of $30 million, UGDX will open 10 institutes in the next year: 3 in the US of which the San Francisco unit goes live in January 2023, 5 in India across Delhi & Chennai to add to its existing facilities in Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bangalore, and 1 each in Singapore and Middle East

While the larger edtech ecosystem has seen a spate of layoffs, upGrad has been on an an acquisition spree. The company has acquired over 10 companies including Exampur, Centum Learning, WOLVES Recruitment firm, Harrappa Education, Talentedge, Study Partners, Knowledgehut, and Rekrut India among others.