Gojek is Indonesia's ride-hailing giant and Tokopedia is Indonesia's e-commerce titan.
The two internet companies are merging to create 'GoTo', effectively becoming the largest technology group in the Southeast Asian nation, the fourth most populous country in the world that is at this time, trying to recover from the economic fallout caused by the 'COVID-19' coronavirus pandemic.
Gojek’s Andre Soelistyo leads the combined business as GoTo Group's CEO, while Tokopedia’s Patrick Cao serves as GoTo Group President. Kevin Aluwi continues his role as CEO of Gojek, and William Tanuwijaya remains as CEO of Tokopedia, the two firms said in a joint announcement (1 ,2).
By combining both forces, GoTo becomes an entity that is "globally unique and highly complementary ecosystem.”
By merging, GoTo has a better chance in competing against the heavily-funded super app Grab, and the e-commerce giant Shopee.
GoTo claims to have:
- Total Group Gross Transaction Value (GTV) of over $22 billion in 2020.
- Over 1.8 billion transactions in 2020.
- Total registered driver fleet of over two million as of December 2020.
- Over 100 million monthly active users (MAU).
- An ecosystem that encompasses 2% of Indonesia’s GDP.
GoTo forms after Gojek spent about a year trying to merge with Grab but with no avail. Tokopedia on the other hand, wanted to pursue a public listing, before Gojek approached it.
Both Gojek and Tokopedia began talking about merging earlier this 2021.
After Alibaba Group, Astra International, BlackRock, Capital Group, DST, Facebook and PayPal, Google, JD.com, KKR, Northstar, Pacific Century Group, Provident, Sequoia Capital India, SoftBank Vision Fund 1, Telkomsel, Temasek, Tencent, Visa and Warburg Pincus among others, that funded the two firms gave the green light, the companies continued seeking approval from regulators.
At that time, the proposed valuation of GoTo was $18 billion.
According to Andre Soelistyo, CEO of GoTo Group, in a statement:
And according to Tokopedia’s co-founder and CEO William Tanuwijaya:
The two companies have partnered in the past, and together as GoTo, they shall continue to "thrive and coexist as stand-alone brands within the strengthened ecosystem,” they said.
The friendship of Gojek and Tokopedia founders may have helped close this deal.
GoTo Group that combines both companies' businesses, is also preparing for a dual listing — in New York and Jakarta, its executives said, and is seeking a valuation of $40 billion.
If it materializes at the current terms, GoTo's debut in the stock market would be the largest-ever deal of its kind.