Grab reportedly raises US$1.5B, racing to beat Go-Jek and Uber in market dominance

Anisa Menur

According to the report, Grab plans to raise the funding from current investor SoftBank Group

Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has been reported to plan raising another US$1.5 billion funding round, according to Bloomberg.

Citing anonymous sources, the report stated that SoftBank Group is pledging “about US$1 billion” and there is no information yet whether the funds will be originating from the company itself or its upcoming SoftBank Vision Fund.

With the new funding, Grab is likely to break their own record as the company has been reported to worth more US$3 billion after raising US$750 million in September. The past round was also led by SoftBank Group.

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In Indonesia, one of the company’s biggest markets in Southeast Asia, Grab has been facing tough competition with both Uber and local player Go-Jek. Apart from competing in transportation sector, with Go-Jek, Grab has also been competing in the fintech sector with its cashless payments option.

Grab has also invested US$700 million for its “master plan” in the Indonesian market, which includes building research and development (R&D) center in the country, having just launched R&D centres in Bangalore and Ho Chi Minh City.

It has also been reported to acquire e-commerce platform Kudo, though the companies have been silent about the move.

The startup, in a rare collaboration with Uber and Go-Jek, is currently facing regulatory hurdles as the government plans to revise a regulation on public transportation. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has declined to grant the companies’ plea for a grace period before the implementation of the new rules.

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SoftBank Vision Fund is backed by the company itself and Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (PIF). Apple, Qualcomm, and Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison have been reported to plan investing US$1 billion each to the fund.

Following a discussion with President Donald J. Trump, about US$50 billion of the fund will be invested in US-based companies.

e27 is reaching out to Grab and SoftBank for comments.


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