SINGAPORE: Grab has received an additional US$300 million investment from asset manager Invesco as part of plans by Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing company to raise $6.5 billion in total capital this year.
“The additional investment in Grab takes Invesco’s overall total to US$703 million and re-affirms its belief in Grab’s vision and plan for the region,” Grab said in a statement on Thursday (Jun 27).
Softbank-backed Grab said in April that it was looking to raise another US$2 billion this year to ramp up expansion, weeks after announcing more than US$4.5 billion of funding in Southeast Asia’s largest round of private financing.
“We have been closely watching Southeast Asia and have every confidence in Grab’s ability to unlock new opportunities across on-demand mobility, delivery and financial services in the region,” said Mr Justin Leverenz, senior portfolio manager at Invesco Emerging Markets.
Singapore-headquartered Grab, like its regional rival Go-Jek, has been raising billions of dollars to bring ride-hailing, food delivery, e-commerce and banking to a populous region with a growing number of consumers that use smartphones to commute, shop and make payments.