Malaysian company iCar Asia reveals acquisition proposal from China’s Autohome

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iCar Asia owns and operates a network of automotive portals that reaches 12 million car buyers and sellers every month.

Malaysian car listing network iCar Asia announced it has received a non-binding proposal that could see Chinese online car marketplace Autohome acquiring 100% of iCar’s shares for AUD 0.50 (USD 0.35) apiece or around AUD 215.7 million (USD 151.6 million), based on the number of outstanding shares.

The company, which is listed on the Australian stock exchange, said the deal is still subject to a number of conditions, including further negotiations and the signing of certain approvals. It added that there’s no certainty that the proposed deal will materialize and its shareholders do not need to take any immediate action.

In addition to the acquisition proposal, iCar Asia also said it made the first drawdown – a gradual accessing of credit funds – of AUD 1 million (USD 704,000) on the AUD 5 million (USD 3.5 million) loan facility agreement it had made with international internet major Catcha Group. It plans to use the funds to bankroll its growth strategies.

Catcha has waived all rights to receive or accrue any interest in respect of this facility, it said in a statement. It further added that as per their agreement in November 2017 , iCar has issued 7,555,553 options to Catcha with an exercise price of AUD 0.20 (USD 0.14) upon drawing down on the facility.

In a separate statement, iCar Asia announced it has logged a total net operating cash outflow of AUD 1.05 million (USD 740,000) for Q3 2020, a 32% increase year on year. The company also claimed that its Malaysia and Thailand operations were EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) positive for the third quarter, closing the report period with AUD 0.9 million (USD 634,000) in cash and cash equivalents.

Founded in 2012, iCar Asia owns and operates a network of automotive portals in the region that reaches 12 million car buyers and sellers every month. It operates multiple separate websites in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, including the Rocket Internet-backed Carmudi, which it acquired last year for USD 3 million.

This article was originally published by Tech in Asia


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