Malaysia’s Carsome said to delay Singapore, US dual listing

CARSOME Group, which operates a Southeast Asian used-car online marketplace, is delaying its dual listing plans in Singapore and the US on concerns that deteriorating macroeconomic conditions could dent its valuation, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Malaysia’s most valuable technology startup has halted work on the planned offerings that were set for this year, the people said. Carsome may revive the first-time share sales next year if markets improve, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the process is private.

The Carsome Sdn. website and app arranged on a laptop computer and mobile phone in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Carsome, an online used-car marketplace in Southeast Asia, is seeking to raise about $200 million in a funding round ahead of a potential listing in the U.S. next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
A representative for Carsome declined to comment.

Higher interest rates combined with slowing economic growth and geopolitical tensions have hurt market sentiment and weighed on first-time share sales. Since the start of the year, companies have raised about $101 billion through IPOs globally this year, down from $338 billion in the same period in 2021, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Chinese podcasting startup Ximalaya Inc. is pushing back the launch of its planned initial public offering in Hong Kong after it met with lukewarm demand during early talks with prospective investors, Bloomberg News reported this week.

Carsome raised $290 million in January at a valuation of $1.7 billion in a series E round led by the Qatar Investment Authority as well as 65 Equity Partners and Seatown Private Capital Master Fund, both of which are backed by Temasek Holdings Pte.

Founded in 2015, Carsome has expanded into Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The company works with more than 8,000 dealers and handles more than 100,000 transactions on an annualized basis, according to its website. It completed the acquisition of Australia-listed iCar Asia Ltd. for about A$191 million ($133 million) this year. — Bloomberg / TMR Graphic