The acquisition will see KFit enter the Indonesian market with Groupon Indonesia as a wholly-owned subsidiary of KFit.
The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016 and KFit has confirmed that there woud be no immediate changes to the business.
Groupon Indonesia is an established leader in local commerce with over one million subscribers and over 15,000 local merchants. It is among the most visited e-commerce websites in the country.
“Indonesia represents an untapped opportunity for us and serves as a natural expansion of our regional footprint in Southeast Asia. The combination of Groupon Indonesia’s established presence and KFit’s experience in building a mobile-first platform will propel us in a high-growth local commerce market, further accelerated by increasing mobile penetration,” KFit founder and chief executive officer Joel Neoh said in a statement.
“While KFit will continue to focus on health and fitness services, this presents a strategic direction for us to enhance and broaden our offerings. In the long run, this acquisition will provide us with a strong platform for growth in Southeast Asia,” Neoh added.
KFit’s strategic imperative is to offer more services to cater to a broader base of consumers on a hyper-local level, the statement added.
Since its debut as a fitness sharing platform in April 2015, KFit has extended its offerings to include beauty and wellness categories, and launched its pay-per-use offering, KFit Go.
In the past six months, KFit users have reserved over 400,000 activities. Today, one reservation is made every minute on the KFit platform.
“Our goal is to transform the way people experience much more than just fitness, which is why this acquisition is significant. We are going to build on Groupon Indonesia’s strong foundation and grow it further based on our experience and expertise,” Neoh said.
“We believe that the KFit team is well-positioned to take the Indonesian business to even greater heights, as Joel has been a formidable leader for Groupon in Asia Pacific in the past. We look forward to seeing the company grow and are excited to become a strategic shareholder of KFit,” Groupon president of APAC, Michel Piestun said.
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation is expected to become the next breakout market for e-commerce after China and India, with a current gross domestic product per capita similar to China’s in 2009, according to Alibaba.