GRAB goes public in biggest ever SPAC merger
Grab Holdings Inc, Southeast Asia’s leading superapp1, today announced it intends to go public in the U.S. in partnership with AGC in what is expected to be the largest-ever U.S. equity offering by a Southeast Asian company. The combined company expects its securities will be traded on NASDAQ under the symbol “GRAB” in the coming months.
Grab is the leading superapp platform in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto millions of mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants, and agents. Grab offers a wide range of on-demand services in the region, including mobility, food, package and grocery delivery services, mobile payments, and financial services across 428 cities in eight countries.
The combined company is expected to have an equity value on a pro-forma basis of approximately US$39.6 billion.
At closing, the combined company is expected to receive approximately US$4.5 billion in cash proceeds, including more than US$4.0 billion from a fully committed PIPE offering that was upsized due to significant investor interest. Furthermore, Altimeter has also committed up to US$500 million to a contingent investment to be equal to the aggregate dollar amount of redemptions from Altimeter Growth’s shareholders. The PIPE was led by funds managed by Altimeter Capital Management, LP which committed US$750 million, with participation from funds and accounts managed or advised by BlackRock, Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley Investment Management), and T.Rowe Price Associates, Inc., as well as Fidelity International, Fidelity Management and Research LLC, Janus Henderson Investors, Mubadala, Nuveen, Permodalan Nasional Berhad and Temasek. Leading family groups from Indonesia including Djarum, the Sariaatmadja family and Sinar Mas also participated in the PIPE.
Evercore acted as lead financial advisor to Grab. J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) Pte were co-advisors.
J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as lead placement agents, with Evercore and UBS as co-placement agents to Altimeter Growth on the PIPE. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP acted as legal advisors to Grab.Read more