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东南亚汽车金融平台Carro获6000万美元融资

近几年来,蓬勃发展的东南亚二手车市场吸引了不少创企和投资者的关注。

过去几个月中,包括Carsome、Carmudi和BeliMobilGue在内的多家二手车销售与金融在线平台先后获得数百万美元融资。

而就在本周,这个融资名单上又新增了一家企业——来自新加坡的二手车与企业金融在线平台Carro。本次B轮融资由B Capital Group、Insignia Ventures Partners和SoftBank Ventures Korea共同领投,总额共计6000万美元。

B Capital合伙人和Facebook联合创始人Eduardo Saverin将与Insignia创始人和前红杉资本合伙人Tan Yinglan、SoftBank Ventures韩国合伙人Sean Lee一起加入Carro董事会。

IDG Ventures印度创始人Manik Arora的家族办公室、现有投资者Alpha JWC、Golden Gate Ventures、Singtel Innov8和Venturra Capital参与了本次融资。

Carro的在线市场使用人类专业知识和专有定价算法的组合来检查和评估车辆。平台希望为买卖双方提供一个可信任的定价系统和交易框架,借此改善二手车交易环境。

该创业公司还通过其Genie金融服务部向买家提供售后服务,包括路边援助以及贷款和保险选择。据悉,目前该金融部门已经盈利。

Carro表示,其汽车市场去年处理的交易价值超过2.5亿美元。其汽车融资平台Genie处理了1亿美元的贷款申请,在第一年成功发放了近4000万美元的贷款。

Carro目前业务已经同时覆盖新加坡、印度尼西亚和泰国。

竞争激烈的东南亚汽车金融市场

市场研究公司BMI估计,去年东南亚的汽车销量超过了世界其他地区。2016年第一季度至2017年第一季度,印尼、马来西亚、新加坡、泰国、越南和菲律宾的新车销量增长了14%。 2017年该地区的新车销售总量预计将增长8.1%,是亚洲整体预期的3.7%的两倍多。

受此影响,东南亚地区二手车及汽车金融业务也得到了迅速发展,市场竞争也日趋激烈。除Carro,该地区主要的汽车金融平台还包括:

Carsome

马来西亚的Carsome同样提供包括车辆检测和估价在内的端到端平台。今年1月,该平台在B轮融资中成功募集了1900万美元,目标是进一步扩大其在印度尼西亚和泰国的业务。

Caramo

像Carro一样,越南的Caramo专注于C2C领域。

Carmudi

Carmudi这种在线分类网站的情况也是如此,Carmudi在今年1月份获得了1000万美元的资金,并将注意力主要放在了市场增长和技术开发,以及多种类Carousell。而就在今天早些时候,该平台刚刚确认完成总额8500万美元的C轮融资。

BeliMobilGue

同样是在今年1月,二手车市场BeliMobilGue--一家由印度尼西亚风险投资公司Intudo Ventures与德国Frontier Car Group共同建立的的总部位于雅加达的合资企业 - 宣布获得370万美元Pre-A轮融资,平台表示该轮融资将主要用于区域扩张。

iCar Asia

Carro的另一个竞争对手是位于马来西亚的iCar Asia,该公司在印度尼西亚和泰国经营着一个汽车销售门户网络。

 

 

Money is pouring into Southeast Asia’s used-car market. Startups using tech to make second-hand vehicle sales more efficient have secured big funding in recent months, including multi-million-dollar raises for Carsome, Carmudi, and BeliMobilGue.

Carro, a Singapore-based online marketplace for used cars and auto finance, has become the latest name on that list.

It announced today it has raised US$60 million in a series B round co-led by B Capital Group, Insignia Ventures Partners, and SoftBank Ventures Korea.

B Capital partner and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin will join Carro’s board along with Insignia founder and ex-Sequoia Capital partner, Tan Yinglan, and SoftBank Ventures Korea partner Sean Lee.

The family office of IDG Ventures India founder Manik Arora joined the round. Existing investors Alpha JWC, Golden Gate Ventures, Singtel Innov8, and Venturra Capital also participated.

Carro’s online marketplace uses a mix of human expertise and proprietary pricing algorithms to inspect and evaluate vehicles. It claims that this improves the used-car trade by giving buyers and sellers a pricing system and transactional framework they can trust.

The startup also provides buyers with after-sale care, including roadside assistance, as well as lending and insurance options through its Genie Financial Services unit, which it claims is already profitable.

Carro said that its vehicle marketplace handled transactions worth more than US$250 million last year. Its auto financing platform Genie processed US$100 million in loan requests, building up a loan book of almost US$40 million in its first year.

Founder and CEO Aaron Tan said that the new funding will be used to “double down on our online marketplaces and financing in emerging markets.”

Heavy traffic

Operating in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand, Carro faces a number of competitors throughout the region. Malaysia’s Carsome – which similarly offers an end-to-end platform including vehicle inspection and valuation – raised US$19 million in series B funding in January, with the goal of further expanding its presence in Indonesia and Thailand. Like Carro, Vietnam’s Caramo focuses on the C2C segment.

This is also the case for online classifieds sites such as Carmudi – which secured US$10 million funding in January to for market growth and tech development – and multiple-category Carousell, which confirmed the close of its US$85 million series C round earlier today.

In January, used-car marketplace BeliMobilGue – a Jakarta-based joint venture of Indonesian VC firm Intudo Ventures and Germany’s Frontier Car Group – banked US$3.7 million in pre-series A funding, which it will invest in regional expansion.

Another rival for Carro is Malaysia-based iCar Asia, which runs a network of auto sales portals across its home country, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Market research firm BMI estimated that vehicle sales in Southeast Asia outpaced the rest of the world last year. Total new vehicle sales in the region were projected to grow 8.1 percent in 2017, more than double the 3.7 percent expected for Asia as a whole.

Sales of new cars in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines grew by a combined 14 percent between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017.


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