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E-Commerce Firm Bukalapak Raises $1.5bn in Indonesia’s Biggest IPO

The logo of Indonesian e-commerce firm Bukalapak is seen at its headquarters in Jakarta on June 16, 2021. Photo: Willy Kurniawan/ Reuters.

• Country’s first tech unicorn valued at about $6 billion

• Microsoft and GIC are among the firm’s backers


Indonesian e-commerce firm Bukalapak has raised $1.5 billion in its initial public offering, the country’s largest, after pricing  at the top of an indicated price range, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

The IPO by Indonesia’s fourth-biggest e-commerce company, which is backed by Singapore sovereign investor GIC and Microsoft among others, comes as Indonesia’s $40 billion e-commerce market is benefiting from strong pandemic-driven demand.

Two of the sources said order books for the IPO – the first by an Indonesian tech unicorn – were multiple times covered, with one saying the issue received more than $6 billion of demand.

The sources asked not to be identified as they were not authorised to publicly talk about the matter. Bukalapak declined to comment.

Until a few months ago, Bukalapak was looking to raise just $300 million. That grew to $800 million and then to $1.5 billion last week as investors clamoured for a piece of the company.

Bukalapak has priced its IPO at the top of its 750 and 850 rupiah apiece indicated price, with the company valued at roughly $6 billion, the sources said. Bukalapak is set to make its market debut next month.

Bukalapak focuses on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as it competes with bigger rivals Tokopedia, Sea Ltd’s Shopee and Alibaba’s Lazada, in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Bank of America and UBS are the joint global coordinators and book runners with Mandiri.

Reporting by Reuters.



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