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Grab获丰田领投10亿美元融资

今年的上半年,共乘公司Grab收购了Uber在东南亚的业务,今日它又宣布获10亿美元融资,领投方为丰田汽车。有知情人士表示,本轮融资将使得Grab的估值达到100亿美元。

作为投资的回报,丰田将会获得Grab的一个董事会席位。Grab表示与新投资人合作“创造一个更加高效的交通网络,以缓解东南亚大城市的交通拥堵”,同时帮助旗下的驾驶员增加收入。

去年,丰田通过Next Technology Fund向Grab进行了投资,但这次的投资直接来源于它的母公司。现代则是另一家投资Grab的汽车公司。

之前软银和中国的滴滴出行联合领投了Grab的25亿美元融资,最初两位长期投资人只打算投资20亿美元。这笔投资于今年年初完成,但Grab并没有透露剩下的5亿美元是谁投资的。

在收购Uber的业务之后,这家公司的估值已经达到了80亿美元,这并不奇怪,而丰田的投资后,这个数字又增加了20亿美元。

如今Grab的应用下载量已经超过了1亿次,该应用在新加坡、印尼、越南、泰国等亚洲的八个城市均有运营。公司表示自己的年营收额已经超过了10亿美元,但它并没有透露具体的盈利或亏损的数额。

最近今年,这家新加坡公司一直忙于发展其点对点出租车服务和私家车共乘服务,还包括移动支付、餐饮配送、无桩电动自行车等。本月初,它公布了Grab Ventures部门,该部门会通过投资和指导帮助建立一个生态系统。

Grab Ventures并不是一家风投机构,但它计划在未来两年里进行8到10次投资,同时它还会为发展阶段的创企建立一个加速器项目——尽管Grab不会对它们进行股权投资。这个项目还回去负责孵化新的商业理念,最近的产品Grab Cycles就是个例子,它会把多家公司的按需自行车集中到一起。

Grab,  the ride-hailing firm that acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia business earlier this year, is raising a new round of funding and it just announced that it will be led by Toyota, which is committing $1 billion in capital. The deal values Grab at over $10 billion, a source close to the company told TechCrunch.

In return for its capital, Toyota  will also get a board seat and the opportunity to place an executive within Grab’s team. Grab said it plans to work with its new investor “to create a more efficient transport network that will ease traffic congestion in Southeast Asia’s megacities” and help its drivers increase their income. In particular, that will involve close collaboration with the Toyota Mobility Service Platform (MSPF), which is working on areas such as user-based insurance, new types of financial packages and predictive car maintenance.

“Going forward, together with Grab, we will develop services that are more attractive, safe and secure for our customers in Southeast Asia,” said Toyota executive vice president Shigeki Tomoyama in a statement.

Toyota put money into Grab via its Next Technology Fund last year, but this time around the capital comes directly from the parent company. Hyundai is another automotive firm that has backed Grab.

The new round follows a $2.5 billion investment that was jointly led by SoftBank and China’s Didi, two long-time investors put an initial $2 billion up for the round last year. That round quietly closed at the start of 2018, Grab has confirmed but so far it hasn’t said who put up the additional money.

The company’s valuation had been $6 billion but, unsurprisingly since the Uber  deal, it has jumped by a further $4 billion based on Toyota’s investment.

Grab now claims over 100 million downloads of its app across eight countries in Asia, including Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and more. The firm said its annual revenue run rate has now surpassed $1 billion, although it declined to provide profit or loss numbers.

While it did remove Uber from the region by acquiring its business — although the deal didn’t go as smoothly as had planned — that exit prompted new entrants to jump into the region with Indonesia’s Go-Jek, in particular, looking like the key foe. Go-Jek, which is valued at some $4.5 billion, recently announced plans to expand to four new markets having itself raised a significant $1.5 billion round.

Aside from competition, Singapore-based Grab has kept its busy in recent years expanding its services from point-to-point taxis and private car hailing to include mobile payments, food delivery and dock-less bicycles. Earlier this month it officially unveiled Grab Ventures, a unit focused on helping building out an ecosystem through investment and mentoring.

Grab Ventures is not a VC arm, but it does plan to make 8-10 investments over the next two years while it will also open an accelerator program for “growth-stage” startups — although that doesn’t include equity investments for cash. The division will also focus on incubating new business ideas, which include its recently launched Grab Cycles product which aggregates on-demand bikes from a range of companies.


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