India: Online auto marketplace Droom closes $30m Series E round

Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Droom

Barely five months after its previous $30-million funding round, Indian online automobile marketplace Droom has raised a similar sum in its Series E round.

The latest round, led by the family office of Japanese investor Joe Hirao, founder of ZIGExN, takes the total funding raised by the company to $125 million.

In May, Droom had raised $30 million in its Series D round led by Japanese firms Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Digital Garage. The round also saw participation from Ellison Investments, an Asia-based investment manager, existing investors and a number of institutional investors and family offices from China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

Droom is a Singapore holding company with subsidiaries in India and the US. The company has so far raised close to $125 million over six rounds of funding. Its key investors include Lightbox, Beenext, Beenos, Digital Garage, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Integrated Assets Management besides the latest addition of Joe Hirao’s family office.

“The current series E funding gives an immense fillip to us as we aim to simultaneously strengthen and diversify our services such as inspection, Droom Credit, C2C and C2B marketplace formats, enable a smooth online transaction and provide more competitive terms and interest rates to customers through Droom Credit,” said founder and CEO Sandeep Aggarwal.

“The latest round of funding will help us in our expansion goals and, accomplishment of our growth objectives and scaling up our technology to build efficiency,” he added.

According to an official statement, the tech-led platform will also invest heavily in further developing its machine learning and AI capabilities for its products. It is also looking to invest in advanced, emerging technologies such as IoT for its ECO segment and blockchain for its credit facilitation services.

Droom, which has also been planning to enter the overseas markets starting with Southeast Asia, is, however, yet to embark on the initiative. The company claims to be generating close to $750 million in gross revenue and $20 million in net revenue  and has plans to tap the IPO market by 2020.

The announcement follows recent news from Droom rival Cars24 picking up $50 million funding from venture capital major Sequoia Capital India. Sequoia is also an investor in another online marketplace for used cars, CarDekho. According to media reports, Cars24’s existing investors – Cayman Islands-based Kingsway FCI Fund and Toronto-based KCK Global – also participated in the latest funding round. The round is expected to have valued the company at $250 million.

In March this year, Sequoia had also led a $2.5 million Series B funding round in CarDekho, taking the company’s total funding to more than $70 million since its inception ten years ago. Last year in February, CarTrade had raised $55 million (about Rs. 366 crore) in a fresh round of funding co-led by existing backer Temasek and a US-based family office.

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  • 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. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

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).

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

  • 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.