Singapore's Carousell Takes A Step Closer to Becoming A Unicorn In Deal With Telenor
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Singapore online marketplace for second hand goods, Carousell has agreed to a merger with a unit of Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor Group, in a deal that values the combined companies at over $850 million.
Telenor’s 701Search, which owns and operates three online marketplaces in Asia - Mudah in Malaysia, Cho Tot in Vietnam and OneKyat in Myanmar - will cease to be a unit of Telenor after the merger, Carousell said in a statement, adding Telenor will hold 32 per cent in the combined company.
The cash-and-stock deal propels Carousell towards its vision to become the largest online classifieds business in Asia, and comes just months after Naspers-owned OLX struck a deal to merge its Philippines business with the Singapore company.
The merger also takes Carousell closer to becoming a unicorn - a term used to describe companies that are valued over $1 billion.
Carousell had a valuation of $560 million before the deal, according to a Straits Times report. The company has raised over $180 million in funding over 11 rounds, the latest being in April, according to Crunchbase. Its investors include Rakuten, Golden Gate Ventures, Sequoia Capital, 500 Startups and DBS.
701Search’s Singapore team will be absorbed by Carousell, the company said.