Lalamove will expand its network to cover extra tiny Chinese cities after raising $515 million in Collection E financing, the on-demand logistics business announced on its website. The round was led by Sequoia Capital China, with engagement from Hillhouse Capital as well as Shunwei Capital. All three are returning financiers.
According to Crunchbase data, this brings Lalamove’s total increased so far to regarding $9765 million. The business’s last funding statement was in February 2019, when it struck unicorn condition with a Collection D of $300 million.
Bloomberg reported recently that Lalamove was looking for a minimum of $500 million in new financing at $8 billion appraisal, or four times what it raised at the very least year.
Founded in 2013 for on-demand deliveries within the exact same city, Lalamove has considering that grown its company to include freight services, business logistics, relocating and also vehicle rental. In addition to 352 cities in landmass China, Lalamove also operates in Hong Kong (where it launched), Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines as well as Thailand. The company got in the United States for the very first time in October, and also presently declares concerning 480,000 monthly energetic vehicle drivers and also 7.2 million monthly energetic users.
Component of its Collection D had actually been allocated to expand right into India, but Lalamove was among 43 apps that were banned by the federal government, citing cybersecurity issues.
In its announcement, Lalamove Chief Executive Officer Shing Chow claimed its Series E will be used to get in more 4th- as well as fifth-tier Chinese cities, including “our team believe the mobile internet’s improvement of China’s logistics market is far from over.”
Various other companies that have recently increased substantial financing rounds for their logistics operations in China consist of Manbang as well as YTO.
Lalamove’s (recognized in Chinese as Huolala) Series E announcement said the firm experienced a 93% decrease in delivery quantity at the beginning of the year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet has experienced a strong rebound, with order quantity up 82% year-over-year even before Double 11.