Ride-hailing firm Grab’s revenue nearly back to pre-pandemic levels

Singapore’s Grab, which has evolved from a ride-hailing app operator to offer services such as food delivery and insurance, said on Thursday its third-quarter group revenue had risen to more than 95% of pre-COVID-19 levels.

“Our business recovery continues steadily, with Q3 group revenues climbing to over 95% of pre-COVID-19 levels,” Ming Maa, president of Grab, said in an emailed newsletter update on the company’s business.

Softbank-backed Grab in June laid off around 360 employees or almost 5% of its headcount, after slashing discretionary spending. The company’s key ride-hailing business had been hit hard as countries, including the biggest market Indonesia, implemented lockdown measures.

Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest startup, is now valued at over $15 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, up from a previous estimated valuation of over $14 billion.

Maa said Grab‘s food business now generates more than 50% of its revenue, reflecting increased demand for food delivery.

“Having laid this foundation, we will focus on expanding our financial services and merchant services business through the rest of the year and beyond,” he said.

Grab, which is yet to turn profitable, had received a $200 million investment from South Korean private equity firm STIC Investments, Maa said.

Reuters

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.