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Bukalapak Confirms Full Acquisition of Bolu Edtech Startup at 14.3 Billion Rupiah

Bukalapak has acquired 6 tech businesses, including Onstock, Ayo Tech, Kokatto, itemku, dan Cloud Hosting Indonesia

Bukalapak confirms to acquire Bolu edtech (PT Belajar Tumbuh Berbagi) at $1 million (over 14.3 billion Rupiah). Bukalapak snags a full 11,340 shares through PT Kolaborasi Kreasi Investa (KKI) and PT Bina Unggul Kencana (BUK), and has completed since January 11th, 2022.

The confirmation was stated in its disclosure on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX), along with the clarification of its nominal at $1 million not $1 billion.

"We intend to clarify that the share sale and purchase transactions made and by the selling shareholders of PT Learning Grow Sharing, PT Kolaborasi Kreasi Investa (KKI), and PT Bina Unggul Kencana (BUK) that occurred on November 4th, 2021 were related to the purchase of 100% The 11,340 shares of PT Belajar Tumbuh Bersama are worth USD 1,000,000 (One Million Dollars) not USD 1,000,000,000 (One Billion Dollars)," Bukalapak's Corporate Secretary Perdana A. Saputro said.

He further said, "The information on the sale and purchase value of the shares is listed in the Addendum to the Conditional Shares Sale and Purchase Agreement signed by the selling shareholders of PT Learning to Grow Sharing, PT Belajar Tumbuh Bersama, KKI and BUK on January 11, 2022. This information will be uploaded later in the Q4 2021 Financial Report.”

Following this acquisition, Bolu's operational office is now located not only in the Cengkareng area, West Jakarta, but also in Bukalapak's head office which is located at the Metropolitan Tower Building, Cilandak.

Bukalapak's road to edtech

Bolu, which stands for Belajar Online Yuk, is an edtech startup that was founded in 2018 by Sandi Pratama and Deka Adrai. Bolu focuses on being a community and online learning place for home business development. It is expected that online sellers can learn from each other and share experiences, therefore, they can continue to develop and transform digitally.

On our observation, this spirit is in line with Bukalapak's main focus on building the MSME sector, through Bukalapak Partners, its main business driver. By the end of June 2021, the number of registered Partners reached 8.7 million, rising from 6.9 million at the end of December 2020.

Mitra Bukalapak's revenue in the second quarter of 2021 grew 292% to Rp145 billion. Meanwhile, revenue in the first semester of 2021 rose 350% to IDR 290 billion. Its contribution to the company's revenue increased from 12% in the second quarter of 2020 to 33% in the same quarter the following year.

Other startups acquired by Bukalapak

Aside from Bolu, Bukalapak has announced a series of acquisitions. Based on the company's financial statements, the following is a list of completed acquisitions:

1. PT Onstock Solusi Indonesia

Bukalapak affiliates PT Kolaborasi Kreasi Investa (KKI) and PT Bina Unggul Kencana (BUK) signed a share purchase agreement with PT Onstock Solusi Indonesia (OSI) on September 2nd, 2021. Bukalapak bought 400 thousand shares or the equivalent of 100% ownership of OSI for Rp1 .45 billion. OSI is a SaaS startup that focuses on developing cloud-based stock management systems to help MSMEs do business neatly and automatically.

2. PT Ayo Tech Indonesia

KKI signed a share purchase agreement with PT Ayo Tech Indonesia (ATI) on August 12th, 2021. Bukalapak controls 51% ownership shares or 30,600 shares worth of Rp8.16 billion. ATI is engaged in trading and services business in Indonesia.

3. PT Kokatto Technology Global

KKI and BUK acquired PT Kokatto Teknologi Global (KTG) on November 2nd, 2021 for IDR 90.09 billion. Bukalapak controls 100% of the ownership shares or a total of 1,298 shares. However, the acquisition is held in stages, until no later than October 15, 2023. Kokatto is a provider of automated calling technology that is fast and effective in conveying business messages. This startup is led by Arsyah Rasyid.

4. Five Jack Co. Ltd

Five Jack Co. Ltd (FJ) was acquired by Bukalapak on April 30, 2021 through the issuance of new shares by FJ to FJ shareholders with a total share of 40,909 Series G shares. FJ is a company from South Korea that has a subsidiary in Indonesia, PT Five Jack (itemku). The aim of this acquisition is to expand the e-commerce business not limited to the game sector. As of September 30, 2021, Bukalapak owns 82,815 FJ shares or the equivalent of 100%.

5. PT Cloud Hosting Indonesia

Bukalapak acquired PT Cloud Hosting Indonesia for IDR 49.7 billion through the information technology infrastructure fixed assets transfer worth of IDR 53.3 billion. With this acquisition, Bukalapak obtained 486,531 shares of Cloud Hosting or equivalent to 13.35%.

Original article is in Indonesian, translated by Kristin Siagian

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