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Grab snags $200M from S. Korean private equity firm

Ride-hailing firm Grab is "confident" of meeting the digital banking licence requirements that include "a path towards profitability" on a five-year projection, the unicorn told The Business Times on Thursday. PHOTO: ST FILE. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SINGAPORE, Aug 3, 2020, Bloomberg. South-east Asian ride-hailing leader Grab Holdings is raising US$200 million from South Korean private equity firm Stic Investments, according to people familiar with the matter, The Business Times reported.

Seoul-based Stic Investments is looking to increase its exposure to the region and will invest about US$100 million from one of its funds while raising the remainder from co-investors, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. Representatives of Grab and Stic declined to comment.

Despite the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on consumer businesses, Grab has been able to raise money to continue funding its ride-hailing, food delivery and digital financial services. The Singapore-based firm is among the most richly financed tech startups in South-east Asia, having raised more than US$10 billion to date including about US$3 billion from SoftBank Group. It’s valued at US$14.3 billion, according to CB Insights.

Founded in 1999, Stic Investments has about US$4.5 billion under management, according to its website. Its portfolio companies include Big Hit Entertainment, the company behind K-pop sensation BTS, and Vietnamese conglomerate Masan Group.

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