PRIVATE equity firm Makara Capital is investing S$70 million into telecommunications operator MyRepublic, it announced at a press conference last afternoon.
The lead investment from the S$1 billion private equity fund, Makara Innovation Fund (MIF), will be used to grow MyRepublic's geographical footprint and to scale up its product and service offering, said the telecom company.
According to Malcolm Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer of MyRepublic, the funding will be used to accelerate MyRepublic’s expansion across Southeast Asia.
MyRepublic already has presence in the markets of Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Mr. Kelvin Tan, Director of Investments at Makara Capital, commented: “MIF is proud to announce its partnership with MyRepublic, which demonstrates the Fund’s enterprise-aligned investment strategy in action. MyRepublic's unique lean operating model positions it at the vanguard of the telecommunications sector’s digital transformation in one of the most exciting growth regions of the world. The Fund’s investment capital aims to enable the company’s growth ambitions, with a focus on IP management and monetization, scaling and expansion.”
As strategic partner to the Fund offering IP evaluation and strategy advice, IP ValueLab has conducted an intangible asset due diligence on MyRepublic to support MIF’s investment decision. Working closely with the MyRepublic management team, IP ValueLab has recommended business strategies to increase the commercial value of MyRepublic’s intangible assets. IP ValueLab is a wholly owned subsidiary and the enterprise engagement arm of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), offering IP management consultancy services to businesses across a wide range of industries.
Mr. Shau En Tan, Executive Director of IP ValueLab, commented: “In today’s global economy, IP is the most fundamental source of competitive advantage in business. IP ValueLab helps innovation-driven enterprises to strategically manage their IP resources to yield new areas of business and profit, and gain a sustainable competitive edge with a robust IP strategy. Home-grown TelcoTech player, MyRepublic clearly appreciates the importance of IP, having built a strong business model around a robust suite of intangible assets and IP, reinforcing their competitive edge with strong brand equity, technical know-how, substantial data assets and scalable digital platforms.”
MIF’s investment capital and enterprise development capabilities, in conjunction with IP ValueLab’s IP expertise, aim to accelerate MyRepublic’s expansion across South East Asia’s lucrative markets, thereby building on its existing core geographies of operation in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Mr. Malcolm Rodrigues, CEO of MyRepublic, commented: “We are extremely excited to have secured a significant investment commitment from MIF. In addition to providing growth-stage capital, MIF has proven to be a valuable partner that recognizes MyRepublic as an industry trailblazer, reinventing the economics of telecommunications. We have a deep appreciation of MIF’s differentiated investment approach, and share its vision for scaling up dynamic enterprises and supporting internationalization. We have been developing our proprietary cloud platform for the past five years, which has enabled us to deploy a single operational platform across countries and break industry records by turning EBITDA-positive within two years of entering each new market. The investment will supercharge the platform’s development, support our aggressive growth path to expand our regional footprint within a record-breaking timeframe and deliver an even wider range of services. Concurrently, our engagement with IP ValueLab has proven most beneficial, and we are now working closely with MIF to implement recommended IP monetization strategies in view of further value creation for our investors.”