SoftBank-Backed Grab Evaluates US Listing Via SPAC Merger: Bloomberg

SoftBank Group Corp (OTC: SFTBF) (OTC: SFTBY) backed Southeast Asian ride-hailing, and delivery giant Grab Holdings Inc seeks to accelerate its U.S. listing via SPAC merger, Bloomberg reports.

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) are already guiding Grab on its IPO ambitions and working towards identifying potential SPACs for the merger. However, the company has not ruled out the possibility of a U.S. listing via a traditional IPO.
  • Merging with a SPAC would enable Grab to fast-track its listing process compared to a traditional IPO. Several of the region’s tech unicorns, including Traveloka, are preparing to go public via the SPAC route capitalizing on the popular sentiment.
  • Sea Ltd.’s decade-long journey from a fragmented start-up to Southeast Asia’s most valuable company has stimulated many internet companies in the region to tap the capital markets to finance their expansion. The Singapore-based mobile gaming and e-commerce specialist went public in the U.S. in 2017 after raising $989 million and presently commands a market value of $117 billion.
  • Grab’s listing is preceded by the failure of its merger plans with Indonesian rival Gojek.
  • Gojek is currently contemplating a merger with local e-commerce pioneer PT Tokopedia leading to a powerful player in online services that might go public in the future.
  • Price action: SFTBF shares closed higher by 5.58% at $94.16 on Tuesday.

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