Saturday, February 6, 2016
Global Property Portal Lamudi Receives New Investment Boost To Grow Operations
Emerging markets real estate network Lamudi has raised EUR 29 million (USD 31.4 million) in investment to grow its operations across Latin America and Asia.
Three investors have backed the business: Asia Pacific Internet Group, which is a joint venture of Rocket Internet and Ooredoo; Holtzbrinck Ventures, a leading European venture capital investor; and current investor Tengelmann Ventures, a division of international multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group.
Lamudi, a global real estate portal, was launched in October 2013 by German Internet platform Rocket Internet. Since that time, the company has seen significant year on year growth and achieved market leadership in several countries. Lamudi operates exclusively in the emerging markets and is currently active in nine locations across Asia and Latin America (Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Colombia and Peru).
In February 2015, the venture received 16 million EUR in investment to boost its Latin American and Asian operations. A year later, an additional 29 million EUR will be invested in the business.
Hanno Stegmann, CEO APACIG, states: "We are very happy with the development of Lamudi within our portfolio. The demand for great classifieds platforms across emerging and frontier markets in the APAC region is high. Lamudi has proven a strong capability to adapt to diverse markets and offer the best user experience. We are confident to see the business growing further."
Lamudi Philippines Founder and CEO, Jacqueline van den Ende, said: “This is a vote of confidence in Lamudi’s operations right across Asia. In the Philippines, we are seeing an accelerating trend towards online property search and increasing demand for our services. Last year was big year for Lamudi Philippines, with the acquisition of MyProperty.ph and other key milestones. This latest investment will allow us to take our platform to the next level.”
Lamudi’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Kian Moini, said: “Our goal is to build the biggest real estate platform from the Philippines to Mexico. The additional funds will allow us to achieve market leadership and dominance in more markets at a faster rate. Last year was an intense and successful year, full of very important milestones for the company, including the acquisition of MyProperty.ph and the roll-out of a dedicated developer product.”
The residential property market in emerging markets in Latin America and Asia, where Lamudi is operating, is in the growth phase of the cycle. This is confirmed by an increase in transactions, transaction prices in chosen markets and significant traffic growth on the platform. Lamudi’s financial statements are in line with predictions. Lamudi revenue grew by 460% in 2015 and it is set to grow even faster in 2016.