Posted on December 12th, 2014
12 December, 2014 – iCar Asia Limited (ASX:ICQ), owner of ASEAN’s number 1 network of automotive portals today announced the completion of the acquisition of Thailand’s leading automotive website, One2car.com. The acquisition gives iCar Asia a dominant position in South East Asia’s largest Automotive market.
In November, One2car.com attracted an Audience of 1.2m Unique Viewers who searched over 36,000 used car listings from 1,800 car dealers in the greater Bangkok area. All dealers advertising on One2car.com are paying customers and represent close to 90% of the Dealers in greater Bangkok.
The acquisition of One2Car provides iCar Asia with a commanding leadership position in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, ASEAN’s 3 largest automotive markets, which collectively sell over 3 million new cars and have automotive advertising expenditure of over AUD1 billion per annum.
Group – Key Operating Metric Growth
Over the past few months, management has been focused on growing the key operating metrics and increasing its position in each country of operation. Strong growth has been achieved in both Audience and Leads from September to November, even without the inclusion of One2car.com’s metrics:
Malaysia – Dominant market leader
iCar Asia’s Malaysian business, Carlist.my further grew its leadership position with strong operating results in the month of November. Key highlights include:
Damon Rielly, CEO of iCar Asia said, “The RMS that has been rolled out to Dealers in Malaysia has been a huge success. We are now very well placed to further grow our monetisation of the Malaysia market.”
Indonesia – Market leader accelerating
iCar Asia’s Indonesia business, Mobil123.com has experienced rapid growth in its operating metrics over the last 2 months, and has extended its market-leadership position. Key highlights for the month of November include:
Mr Rielly said, “We have delivered rapid growth in our core metrics over the past 2 months further strengthening our leadership position in Indonesia. The roll out of our RMS at the end of the month has seen extremely encouraging early results, with over 500 Dealers already using the system. With significant improvements also to the user experience on site, we believe mobil123.com is being well set up for long term success”.
Mr. Rielly continued, “The last 2 months has been a transformational period in iCar Asia’s short history. We have successfully acquired the number 1 automotive site in Thailand, which currently monetises nearly 90% of the greater Bangkok dealer market, we have grown our core operating metrics significantly across all three countries and we have successfully launched our market-leading RMS into Indonesia. We look forward to continuing the momentum through the end of this year and look forward with optimism and excitement to 2015.
For more information please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
iCar Asia Ltd
Mobile: +60 17 473 3778
iCar Asia Ltd
Tel: +613 8689 9997
Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, iCar Asia (ASX:ICQ) owns and operates ASEAN’s No. 1 network of automotive portals. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the company is focused on developing and operating leading automotive portals in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. iCar Asia is continuously working to capitalize on its market-leading positions, with its online properties currently reaching over 4.8 million car buyers and sellers in the region every month.