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PropertyGuru to turn profitable this year after expansion spurt

epa05794558 A general view of commercial and residential buildings as seen from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, China, 15 February 2017. The city skyline on the Hong Kong island side features a dense concentration of residential and commercial buildings where many international banks have their headquarters.  EPA/JEROME FAVRE



PropertyGuru Pte, the top Southeast Asian real estate website backed by TPG Capital, expects to become profitable this year as it digests a clutch of acquisitions and rides growth in markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam.
“We have hyper-growth, our revenues are growing over 30 percent,” Chief Executive Officer Hari Krishnan, 39, said in an interview in Singapore. “We are a market leader in four of the five markets and the largest in the region by any measure whether traffic, total listings, revenues.”
PropertyGuru embarked on a series of investments in recent years to expand into new markets and add to its technology and marketing capabilities, driving up costs and cutting into profit. This year, the property search portal will reap the benefits of that expansion, especially in Indonesia and Vietnam, Krishnan said.
PropertyGuru, which has in the past considered a stock listing, isn’t planning an initial public offering this year but won’t rule it out next year, according to Krishnan. The company is considering exchanges in Singapore, the US, Australia and Hong Kong.
For now, the company isn’t looking to raise fresh funds. Its last round was in 2015 when it attracted S$175 million ($124 million) from investors including TPG and Indonesia’s Emtek Group. The sum was the second-largest amount raised by a tech company in Southeast Asia that year.
PropertyGuru, founded in 2007, says it caters to 16 million users a month. The Singapore-based company has made six acquisitions and a strategic investment since 2011. It invested in Vietnam’s Batdongsan last year to gain a foothold in one of the fastest growing countries in the region. Vietnam became PropertyGuru’s fifth market after Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

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