Grab just announced a strong set of 2Q2021 results in its results call this week, with GMV (Gross Merchandise Value) increasing by +62% YoY to a record high of US$3.9bn, whilst adjusted net sales reached a new quarterly high of US$550m, an increase of +92% YoY.
The company’s revenue increased by +132% to US$180m, with adjusted EBITDA for 2Q2021 was (US$214m), down by US$8m YoY.
Grab booked a net loss of (US$815m) versus (US$718m) in 2Q2020 loss but of this number US$608m related to non-cash items related to interest accrued on the company convertible redeemable preference shares, stock-based compensation, depreciation, and amortisation.
Looking at a number of measures of profitability as % of GMV, Grab is moving in the right direction towards making a profit.
The company’s delivery business continued to be a strong performer, with +68% YoY growth in adjusted net sales, whilst mobility was impacted by various lockdowns in the South-East Asia region but still performed very well versus last year. Take rates have improved for both deliveries and mobility segments.
Grab saw GMV per transacting user increase by +27% YoY in 2Q2021, with GrabFood’s merchant base nearly doubling, and merchants using GrabPay nearly increasing three times.
Grab also highlighted the strong performance of GrabMart and its PayLater businesses in Singapore and Malaysia. It has also launched GrabSupermarket in three markets, which has seen a strong reception, according to management.
The company’s financial services segment achieved another record quarter in terms of total payments, with a total payment volume of US$2.9bn in 2Q2021, a +66% increase from last year, although revenues remain quite small.
Grab announced a strategic alliance with Emtek (EMTK IJ) in July, which has interests spanning technology. telecoms, media, and healthcare. This gives grab access to e-commerce and SMEs through Bukalapak (BUKA IJ).
The company highlighted that it sees encouraging trends for the rest of the year, as vaccination rates pick up but also flagged a note of caution given recent movement restrictions in South-East Asia, especially in Vietnam where even food deliveries are restricted currently.
Grab remains optimistic about the prospects for recovery as the region recovers over the next year, and it should benefit from this given its strong regional footprint but its competitors have been building war chests for their own expansion, which points towards rising competitive pressures
The company expects its merger with Altimeter Growth and listing to go ahead in 4Q2021 and has just filed its F4 prospectus today with the SEC in the US.