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Masan’s subsidiary raises $350 mln, preparing for 2023-2024 international IPO

Bich Phuong Monday | 12/13/2021 10:18

Masan owns a unique ecosystem that can access 80% of Vietnamese consumer spending. Photo: Masan

The CrownX Corporation, a subsidiary of Masan Group, has raised $350 million from a consortium of foreign investors. Masan will own 81.4% after the deal.

The investors include TPG, Platinum Orchid, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority - ADIA, and SeaTown Master Fund, managed by a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Temasek Holdings.

The transaction marks the final capital raising at the TCX ecosystem, which has attracted over $1.5 billion in investments from marquee global investors since its inception in the first half of 2020.

The transaction implies a post-money valuation of $8.2 billion for 100% of TCX’s equity, an equivalent of $105 (VND2,415,000) per share, representing a 12% valuation uplift versus the previous capital raising round.

After the deal, Masan will own 81.4% of The CrownX. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Transaction to invest in growth initiatives and conduct a share buyback.  

The mini-mall concept, a unique integrated format off or online offering a broad array of daily, essential products and services, provides The CrownX a cost-efficient model to win consumer wallet share across multiple consumer use cases.

The next game changer will be developing fin-tech solutions including buy now pay later products for the underserved, mass market consumers by leveraging its loyalty platform with Reddi at the core.

This marks the end of capital raising activities at The CrownX as the company shift entire focus to scale up our Point of Life platform nationwide both off and online. The company is looking forward to a 2023-2024 international IPO, said Danny Le, Chief Executive Officer of Masan Group.

 “We have outlined our Point of Life vision for over 7 years now. The partnership with TPG, ADIA and SeaTown is a validation of our ability to bring to life our Point of Life vision, he added.

“Powered by its rising middle class and rapid urbanization, Vietnam is well-positioned to be a significant driver of the next chapter of Asia’s consumption story,” said David Tan, Managing Director, TPG Capital Asia. “Having witnessed Masan’s turnaround of WinCommerce (WCM), we believe that The CrownX is the platform to capture this opportunity.

They will develop the ecosystem further to expand their services to create value for all Vietnamese consumers. Leveraging our deep experience investing across the consumer sector and in Southeast Asia, we look forward to working with the management team at The CrownX to accelerate the company’s vision.”

Hamad Shahwan Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the Private Equities Department at ADIA, said: “In one of the fastest growing consumer markets globally, The CrownX is a proven, best-in-class operator with a strong management team, well-positioned to build the leading integrated omni-channel consumer ecosystem in Vietnam.

This is yet another illustration of our global strategy of investing alongside leading partners such as the Masan Group and the wider shareholder base of The CrownX. Further building on our increasing focus on Southeast Asia, this commitment underscores our belief in Vietnam’s strong underlying economic fundamentals.”

Steven Chua, Deputy CIO at SeaTown Master Fund, said: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with The CrownX and Masan organization through this investment. We see a compelling long-term consumption growth story in Vietnam and The CrownX is well-positioned to capture this growth through the company’s transformative initiatives.”

All corporate actions mentioned are subject to customary corporate and regulatory approvals. Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Masan Group.

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