PropertyGuru raises S$300m to accelerate growth in Southeast Asia

PropertyGuru Group has received an additional investment of S$300 mil (RM913 mil) in its recent funding rounds by investment firms TPG and KKR (via KKR Asian Fund III). 

PropertyGuru beat 2019 forecasts with 24% y-o-y revenue growth and continues to lead in Southeast Asia with 57% market share (4x nearest player). 

The funding will accelerate PropertyGuru’s growth strategy across all key markets as it ramps up its investment to meet the rapidly evolving needs in the property ecosystem. The continued support of TPG (over the past five years) and KKR (over the past two years) will see PropertyGuru further invest in identified strategic areas of growth, including its mortgage marketplace launched this year- PropertyGuru Finance, an end-to-end sales enablement solution for property developers- PropertyGuru FastKey and data capabilities to empower property seekers across Southeast Asia to ‘Find.Finance.Own’ their homes. 

PropertyGuru Group chairman Olivier Lim said, “Since its founding in 2007, PropertyGuru has secured its leadership by continuing to provide increasing value to all its customers and users. We have scaled rapidly across Southeast Asia by anticipating and addressing consumer needs with a data-driven strategy underpinned by a talented team of ‘Gurus’. 

“This year, amidst the changing business realities, the demonstrable strength of our platforms has solidified our relative market leadership and provides new opportunities to accelerate both organic and inorganic growth with new investments.

“This increased support from TPG and KKR to accelerate growth is a great validation of the group’s successful performance, its leadership team and their strategy to unlock the opportunities that will achieve the group’s ambitions in the region.” 

PropertyGuru group CEO Hari V. Krishnan said, “Our strong financial performance over the last few years has enabled us to invest aggressively and smartly, to build what is today an integrated and differentiated technology platform that caters to the unique opportunities in Southeast Asian markets. 

“The additional investments from TPG and KKR will enable us to continue building Southeast Asia’s property trust platform, and accelerate our momentum in key markets like Malaysia and Vietnam. We help property seekers ‘Find.Finance.Own’ their home and these new investments will accelerate the growth plans we have identified as more consumers and customers move towards digital solutions for property buying and selling. Over the last thirteen years, we helped create the PropTech industry in this region, and as the market leader we look forward to providing further innovations to digitise the property sector.” 

PropertyGuru’s belief in technology as a connector and solution to resolve home-seekers’ pain-points has seen it relentlessly invest and expand its service offerings in data and digital tools to improve transparency in the property ecosystem for consumers, developers, and agent partners across Southeast Asia. 

As behaviours adopted during the pandemic reshape consumer habits and preferences in a new normal, digital transformation is accelerated across sectors. Per the latest report by Bain & Company and Facebook, nearly 70% of Southeast Asians are expected to be digital consumers by the end of 2020. 

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