Singapore's Ninja Van Raises More than US$85m in Funding; Investors Include Europe's DPD Group

Singapore-based parcel delivery service provider Ninja Van, which manages parcel delivery networks in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, has raised more than US$85 million in its series C funding round.

Ninja Van's chief executive Lai Chang Wen
Ninja Van's chief executive Lai Chang Wen

A report in Singapore's Today newspaper explained that a startup company embarks on series C funding when it is past its beginning, improvement and development stages, and is looking to build and scale-up fast. Investors are usually bigger players in the market, such as investment banks, private equity firms and hedge funds.

Multiple financial backers
Among the investors for Ninja Van’s latest round of funding was Europe’s DPD Group, a parcel delivery network belonging to France-based GeoPost. Other investors included Japan’s corporate venture group YJ Capital, United Arab Emirate’s private equity investor The Abraaj Group, and early stage venture capital firm Monk’s Hill Ventures.
Ninja Van, which was established in 2014, is a Southeast Asian logistics startup, which manages parcel delivery networks in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The company is planning to expand its network to serve customers in the wider SEA region.

Supporting Ninja Van’s growth
Its chief executive Lai Chang Wen, 30, said the money will go towards “further improving technology and operational capabilities to help Ninja Van continue our drive in offering hassle-free delivery solutions to businesses of all sizes”. The company currently employs more than 1,000 staff across the region.
According to GeoPost president and CEO Paul-Marie Chavanne the investment in Ninja Van "will give us insight in one of the fastest growing logistics markets of the world and create many opportunities for cross-border connections with our many existing own or partner operations in Europe, Africa, Turkey, Russia, Brazil or India.”

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