PropertyGuru Eyes IPO in US$1.8 Billion SPAC Deal
PropertyGuru and Bridgetown 2 Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company formed by Pacific Century Group and Thiel Capital LLC, announced that they have entered into a business combination agreement. Upon closing, the combined company is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
PropertyGuru provides digital property marketplaces to match buyers and tenants with sellers and landlords; digital marketing services for property agents and developers; SaaS-based sales process automation for property developers, a digital mortgage marketplace and brokerage, and property data consultancy services for banks, valuers and property developers. The Company’s PropTech business model leverages proprietary data and technology to drive greater transparency and efficiency in the market and deliver a trusted platform for agents, consumers, developers and banks.
PropertyGuru’s high growth business delivered an average annual revenue growth of approximately 25 per cent in the four years preceding the pandemic, and its pro-forma revenue is expected to have a compounded annual growth rate of 29 per cent between CY20A and CY25F.
Southeast Asia is estimated to become the fourth largest economy in the world by 20304, driven by long-term macroeconomic trends, including urbanization, a rising middle class and digitalisation. These favourable dynamics are creating significant opportunities in the region’s property market as an increasingly affluent and digital-first population seeks property across the region.
PropertyGuru has positioned itself to capture these growth opportunities through continued investment in its products and services to stay ahead of the evolving market and made a series of strategic acquisitions to add new capabilities and extend its leadership position. Over the last 18 months, the Company has announced the acquisition of REA Group’s Malaysia and Thailand assets, acquired MyProperty Data, Malaysia’s largest online property data company, introduced FastKey Storyteller—an immersive content experience that brings new projects to the buyer’s doorstep for viewing and to express interest, without having to wait for the construction of the sales gallery, launched PropertyGuru Finance—a digital mortgage marketplace and brokerage that offers smart, frictionless home financing financial services and introduced PropertyGuru Lens—a visual search feature that allows users to find property in the real world through their smart phone camera.
The company expects that its continued investments will enable it to emerge from the pandemic even stronger. It also expects that the growth of its core offerings will allow it to successfully expand into adjacent opportunities, such as Developer Operating Systems and Home Services.
Hari V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, PropertyGuru Group, said, “We have established a market leadership position in the Southeast Asian property ecosystem and a track record of revenue growth. Much of our success is the result of our investment in technology over the years and capturing strategic growth opportunities in recent times.
We have a story to be told and found the right partner to help us tell it to public market investors. We are delighted to partner with Bridgetown 2 as we accelerate our mission to be the trusted advisor for property. This process of becoming a public company will provide us with greater financial resources to do what we do best—helping people find, finance and own their homes in an efficient and transparent manner. We believe the strategic, proactive steps that we have taken over the past 18 months will enable us to stay ahead of the market’s evolving needs, which are increasingly being shaped by the growth of affluent and digitally-enabled populations living in cities across Southeast Asia.”
Matt Danzeisen, Chairman, Bridgetown 2, said, “We evaluated a number of very impressive companies across Southeast Asia and PropertyGuru is the perfect fit for us. The Company is a category leader and category creator – they helped define the PropTech industry in Southeast Asia and have taken it to new heights by leveraging technology and data to create a trusted and transparent digital property marketplace. We believe PropertyGuru is just scratching the surface of what it can deliver as Southeast Asia’s property market continues to accelerate, and we are excited to work with Hari and his talented team to capture the incredible opportunities that lie ahead.”
Peter Thiel, President, Thiel Capital, said, “The market for property is probably the oldest market in the world, and only now is it beginning to change rapidly. As PropertyGuru spearheads that change in. Southeast Asia, Bridgetown 2 will provide capital and expertise to accelerate it even further.”
Richard Li, Founder and Chairman, Pacific Century Group, said, “Southeast Asia is a unique market in that it has very high economic growth but lacks quality services in many sectors. Fast growing middle-class, increased urbanisation and technological disruption create a unique combination. We recognize the transformational impact of these long-term trends and are focused on operating our own core business and investing in local champions that are successfully leveraging technology to reshape the region’s economy and how people carry out their everyday lives.”
The combined company will have an enterprise value of approximately US$1.35 billion and an equity value of approximately US$1.78 billion at closing.
The transaction is expected to deliver up to US$431 million of gross proceeds through the contribution of up to US$299 million of cash held in Bridgetown 2’s trust account, a concurrent US$100 million private placement of common stock anchored by Baillie Gifford, Naya, REA Group, Akaris Global Partners, and one of Malaysia’s largest asset managers, priced at US$10 per share, and an additional US$32 million equity investment from REA Group. KKR, TPG Group and REA Group will roll 100% of their equity into the combined company, demonstrating their continued commitment to the Company’s growth strategy.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021 or first quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory and stockholder approvals, and other customary closing conditions.