E-Commerce Startup Bukalapak Launches $1.1 bln IPO in Indonesia

On Friday, Jakarta-based Bukalapak went public with a $1.1 bln IPO, in Indonesia’s largest IPO in additional than a decade. It obtained sufficient investor orders to cowl the sale of its public fairness on its launch day.

Bukalapak, whose identify means ‘opening a kiosk’ in Indonesian, is the 4th largest e-commerce firm in Indonesia and raised $800 million through its IPO. The corporate can be focusing on one other increase of $1.13 billion by promoting as a lot as 25% of its enlarged capital with shares between 750 and 850 Indoneasian rupiahs per share.

The IPO created a valuation of round $5.6 billion, which is twice the extent it was valued at 24 months in the past. The corporate has obtained assist from Singapore’s GIC, Ant Monetary, in addition to native media conglomerate Emtek. US tech big Microsoft has additionally invested within the firm.

The sale of Bukalapak’s IPO shares is open till July 19, the identical time when the share value will likely be set. Additionally, the corporate will make its market debut on Aug. 6. Financial institution of America and UBS are taking part as joint world coordinators and book-runners with Mandiri.

The pandemic is boosting demand in Indonesia’s $40 billion e-commerce market. The nation has a inhabitants of over 260 million, and it has grow to be a hotspot for on-line purchasing. In comparison with its greater rivals similar to Tokopedia, Sea Ltd’s Shopee, and Alibaba’s Lazada, Bukalapak’s technique is to deal with smaller shoppers.

Bukalapak CEO, Rachmat Kaimuddin, commented,

“Our enterprise is concentrated on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. They’re the prime movers within the Indonesian economic system…the chance to digitalize them and cater to underserved markets, particularly outdoors the massive cities, could be very promising.”

The CEO additionally thinks that Indonesia’s e-commerce transactions in second-tier cities may bounce to 48% by 2025 from 30% final yr.

Bukalapak will use over 60% of the IPO proceeds to put money into the enterprise and the remaining will likely be used to develop its subsidiaries. In 2020, the tech firm achieved income of $95.8 million and linked to greater than 100 million customers.

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