Foxconn invests $190mn in IDG Energy
Foxconn Technology, Taiwan-based multinational electronics manufacturer also known as Hon Hai Precision, has announced it will spend $190mn on a 24.4% stake in Hong Kong based oil and gas company IDG Energy Investment.
This will be Foxconn’s first move into the natural gas sector. IDG is mainly involved in the exploration and production of crude oil in mainland China.
The 24.4% stake makes Foxconn the second-largest shareholder in IDG after Titan Gas, which will see its share reduced from 48.62% to 36.77% after the deal.
IDG, which saw its shares rise 31% on Thursday as the deal was announced and ended the day up 8%, will use the proceeds from Foxconn’s investment to invest in the natural gas industry along its value chain.
Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou has said the company has been hoping to diversity from electronics, according to the South China Morning Post.
IDG has stated: “The new shareholder, as a world class multinational group and one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, can bring strategic value adding and unique resources to the company… the company expects that its business developments will benefit from Foxconn Technology’s global network, customer resources, public relationship as well as its leading experience of operational excellence.”
Timeline: India takes unicorn leap with six in five days
We chart an historic week in India’s tech industry, where in just five days, between 5-9 April 2021, the country achieved six new unicorns, bringing India’s total to 10 in 2021 to date, an immense unicorn leap from just seven in 2020 and six in 2019.
April 5: Meesho
India’s first social commerce unicorn, Meesho raised US$300m from SoftBank, Facebook and Shunwei Capital, giving the Bangalore-based startup a US$2.1bn valuation, a threefold jump from its previous funding round in 2019. Founded in 2015 by two IIT-Delhi graduates, Meesho connects producers and resellers, helping small businesses sell through social media. It has 45m customers and has enabled 13m entrepreneurs to start their online businesses with no investment.
April 6: CRED
Founded just over two years ago, Bangalore-based credit card repayment app CRED raised US$215m from Falcon Edge Capital and Coatue, nearly trebling its valuation to US$2.2bn from its January US$80m round. Allowing customers to pay off their credit card debt while earning CRED coins which they cash in for rewards, CRED has grown rapidly during COVID-19, doubling its customer base to nearly 6 million in a year.
April 7: API Holdings / Groww
The first epharmacy startup to gain unicorn status, PharmEasy (API Holdings), which has digitised 60,000 brick and mortar pharmacies and 400 doctors across India, raised US$350m in a round led by Prosus Ventures. Founded by four former Flipkart employees as a way of making investing simple, investment platform Groww became India’s second-youngest fintech unicorn, raising US$83m in Series D funding led by Tiger Global, quadrupling its previous round in September.
April 8: ShareChat
New Delhi-grown social media startup ShareChat, founded in 2016 by Mohalla Tech raised US$502m from Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Twitter and Snap taking its raised total over six rounds to US$766m and pushing its valuation to US$2.1bn. The funding will be used to grow its user base and short video platform Moj, which launched in 2020 following TikTok’s ban in India. The regional language startup claims 280m users.
April 9: Gupshup
AI-led conversational message startup joined the unicorn club after raising US$100m from Tiger Global giving it a ten-fold valuation of US$1.4bn. The smart messaging platform, which has seen accelerated growth during the pandemic, was founded in Bangalore in 2005 by serial entrepreneur Beerud Sheth, whose online freelancing platform Elance is now listed. Gupshup’s API enables 100,000+ businesses to build messaging and conversation experiences across 30+ communication channels.