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Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933,
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Subject Company: Altimeter Growth Corp.
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CNBC Interview: Full Transcript
Air Time: Apr 13, 2021 06:31 pm
Local Broadcast Time: 6:31 AM EDT
Check this out. Weve got a huge deal this morning. Southeast Asias Grab is going public via SPAC. It is merging with Brad Gerstners Altimeter Growth Corporation. It is the largest SPAC merger to date, representing expected equity valuation of nearly 40 billion dollars. It is going to generate approximately 4.5 billion dollars in cash proceeds to Grab. Altimeter is committing 750 million dollars of the 4-billion-dollar pipe. There are a lot of other big investors involved in this one, jumping in now on de-SPAC, including BlackRock, Fidelity and T. Rowe Price. And joining us right now, first on CNBC, is Grab CEO and Co-founder, Anthony Tan. It is great having Anthony on the program, congratulations on this transaction.
I have known Anthony for quite some time, so I must just personally congratulate you because I know this is a milestone and something you have been looking forward to for quite some time, Anthony.
Lets talk about this, lets talk about what youre going to do with the cash and what this company looks like going forward. For those that are uninitiated, this really is a superapp. You almost own the Southeast Asia economy when it comes to travel and this sort of Uber-like space for those folks who are trying to comp it to the United States.
The eating space, the online mobile banking space, what does this business look like today, in the post-pandemic world, given that we have just been getting some numbers from the likes of Uber and others about what is happening?
1:31 Anthony Tan:
Hey, really Andrew, its a pleasure to be here and good morning to all of you. And just to quickly share, you know, I remember years ago when we were talking to investors, some folks didnt even know where Southeast Asia was on the map. So, you are right, today as we announced what is expected to be the largest U.S. equity offering in Southeast Asia, or by a Southeast Asian company, it is really a proud moment. And it just shows this validation, validation of the tremendous opportunity right here in the region and that the superapp strategy works. And if Im not wrong Andrew, you talked about the superapp strategy, would you mind if I quickly give a quick intro on what it is?
Yeah, tell people because we dont have a superapp in the United States. So, some people may be unfamiliar.
2:21 Anthony Tan:
Sure, so Andrew, think about it this way. In Southeast Asia, you book a car with Grab, you are ordering your food with Grab, you are investing with Grab, in the car with 1 dollar. You are buying insurance; you are paying bills all in one app.
What is more interesting is actually on a driver side. The driver has a superapp and the driver is able to toggle between food delivery, grocery delivery and helping you with domestic remittances, with multiple jobs. So that way, the driver has very little dead time. When the driver has very little dead time, it is just much more an efficient delivery network. And these savings are passed on to the consumer and then when the consumers are happy, more come on, more merchants come on because they want more business. And as more merchant selection grows, more consumers come on.
So, speak to this, if you could, in terms of just what the growth strategy looks like, what you think the business looks like two, three years out from now. And specifically, to the extent if you can speak to it, when you think this becomes a profitable business.
Sure. What is going to happen over the next three-to-five years so first of all, Southeast Asia is just a very exciting opportunity. You are looking just at the core spaces where we are at, we are a category leader in ride-hailing, in food delivery and in mobile payments. And you are talking about a 180 billion addressable market opportunity here. Now, when you think about how we have grown, we have really grown and grown sustainably.
So, Ill give you an example in food delivery, we actually entered late and there were many incumbents then. And over the past three years, we have proven ourselves to be number one in food delivery across the region. And five out of six of our markets today, are EBIDTA segment positive. So, you can actually grow sustainably and grow well.
In terms of deciding to do this as a SPAC versus a traditional IPO, what was the thinking behind it?
Well Andrew, we have been thinking about going IPO for a year now and we said what is the best way. And we found this was the better way to IPO and specifically Brad, who you know, Altimeter, they have just been a great partner.
Why? Three quick reasons. One, they have been able to prove really long-term commitment. You wrote it in your article, Andrew, about saying Hey, are they aligned?. And they have committed a three-year lock up for their promote shares. Three-year lock up.
Number two is they have really committed real money. They have committed 750 million, actually committed more than that, a 1.2 billion with a 500 million back stop, and then we negotiated and said 750 million. Thats more than 15% of our pipe, and that shows real commitment.
And the third is he shares so much values with us. Even though we had so many suitors, I remember Brad shared, right on, at the forefront, he said Anthony, I believe in your mission. Im going to contribute 10% of our promote to the GrabForFood fund, because I believe in serving the driver partners and the merchant partners in Southeast Asia.
And you know, just one more thing, hes been in the trenches with us, both Brad and Chris, and what we have seen is that we have been able to secure a world class day one cap table, of all the investors you mentioned.
Anthony, speak to the competitive environment in Southeast Asia, right now, because youre right, you are the market leader in all of these different spaces and in certain instances, like food delivery, you crush the competition. The question I would ask, and I know investors are, I imagine, thinking about are, are others going to come into this space to try to disrupt you at this point?
Well, first of all, we respect our peers tremendously. It is really not easy to get here. But just to state matter of fact, we are the category leader, we are the regional leader, whether it is in Indonesia or across the region, in food delivery, in ride-hailing and in mobile payments. And one key reason is because weve been able to not only build just for Indonesia, but also across the region, weve diversified across the region.
So, weve been really resilient, even in the toughest times during COVID, we were able to pivot our driver supply to do other jobs. So, if you look at, theres no one country that makes up more than 35% of our total revenues. So, having that resilience and that regional diversification has really helped us.
And, and in terms of where this business goes from here, if we had this conversation three years from now, are we going to be talking about the food delivery business? Or are we going to be talking about the online banking business? Are we going to be talking about just, you know drivers picking people up off the street? When you look at sort of the growth engines and where you see the opportunity, which is it?
Number 1, were in the process of building and continuing to build. Hopefully, one day, the most efficient, the best lowest cost delivery on demand platform that you will see in the region, delivering goods and services, for whatever consumers may need in the region.
Number two is, were revolutionizing digital payments, financial services and digital banking, as you shared. So really, it is these two things. Think about this way Andrew, we are building the future of virtual roads, the road infrastructure of the digital economy for Southeast Asia.
And Anthony should we always think about you, as a player that wants to own the Southeast Asian market, or should we think about you as somebody who may want to expand into other regions as well?
Well, Andrew how I see this, where do we have a real competitive advantage? Weve worked very well with all the governments here. Weve gone hand in hand, working with, whether its with the Malaysian Government when they wanted to disperse funds, their COVID relief funds through our wallet Grab Pay or whether it is with the Indonesian Ministry of Health through COVID vaccination efforts. Weve helped vaccinate over 25,000 people across Indonesia. So, that type of competitive advantage, working all across the region with all the governments, hand in hand, thats something we have for the region.
Okay Anthony, congratulations. Its great to see a success story of a great entrepreneur, and we wish you lots of luck, we hopefully should follow your progress throughout this, so please come on back. We should also mention, weve got a programming note for viewers this morning because Altimeter CEO Brad Gerstner, is going to join the gang on The Halftime Report a little later today. Another conversation you dont want to miss.
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