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  • BYJU'S laid off nearly 600 employees
  • Edtech once valued at $22 billion, has faced a significant devaluation

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BYJU’S has been grappling with various challenges, including corporate governance concerns and financial issues

BYJU’S crisis continues: 600 employees sacked amid ongoing restructuring

Byju's Layoffs 2023: BYJU’S, the troubled edtech giant, has faced a series of challenges in recent months, including significant layoffs and legal disputes.

Last month, the company laid off nearly 600 employees from its content and marketing teams as part of an ongoing restructuring effort. This move, overseen by the new India CEO Arjun Mohan, had a more pronounced impact on the content and video team, which was entirely disbanded, affecting teachers and educators involved in content production.

Simultaneously, a court ruling in Delaware added to BYJU’S woes as it pertains to financial matters. The court ruled in favor of Byju’s lenders' consortium, allowing them to appoint a director on a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that had borrowed $1.2 billion for the edtech company in the United States. This ruling also involved the removal of Riju Raveendran, the brother of the edtech giant's founder, from the SPV's board.

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This legal case, initiated by Glas Trust Co., the trustee representing 37 lenders, marked the beginning of two related courtroom battles in New York and Miami.

BYJU’S has been grappling with various challenges, including corporate governance concerns and financial issues. The company, once valued at $22 billion, has faced a significant devaluation, with at least one investor, Prosus, valuing it at $5 billion.

The heart of the problems lies in the company's aggressive expansion in 2020 and 2021 when it acquired 10 companies. Corporate governance and execution issues have forced the company to sell assets to repay loans.

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Last week, BYJU’S disclosed only partial earnings for the year ending 31 March 2022, as it has yet to reveal consolidated financials for all the companies it acquired during the pandemic. This financial uncertainty was exacerbated by the resignation of the company's chief financial officer, Ajay Goel, last month, as well as the earlier departure of its auditor, Deloitte, and three board members.

The combination of layoffs, legal battles, and financial challenges has presented a complex situation for the once-thriving edtech giant.


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