28 August 2014
Taipei and Singapore, August 28, 2014 – GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, has invested USD104 million in KKBOX, Asia’s top music streaming service provider. The investment proceeds will be used to fund the company’s overseas expansion, as well as refine its technology and service, said Chris Lin, co-founder and CEO of KKBOX.
The investment stems from GIC’s confidence in the long-term growth potential of KKBOX given its unique music streaming service and strong franchise in its home markets. With the rising demand of consumer technology in the region, there will be exciting opportunities for the company as it embarks on its expansion.
As a pioneer and the leading digital music platform in Asia, KKBOX is available in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Apart from the management team, KKBOX’s major shareholders include Japanese telecom giant KDDI, GIC, and HTC. ChungHwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest telecom carrier, will remain as a 30% shareholder of KKBOX’s Taiwan subsidiary.
KKBOX, Asia’s leading music streaming service, was established in 2004 by a group of Taiwanese software programmers with a shared passion for technology and music. With the support from more than 500 international major and local independent music labels, KKBOX features the most comprehensive Asia-Pop music library and is currently available in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand with over 10 million users.
KKBOX is committed to creating a truly immersive online music experience to users, and to empower artists and their music through technological innovation. With its advanced product technology, strategic vision and strong local partnerships, KKBOX is aggressively expanding into international markets. For more information on KKBOX, please visit www.kkbox.com/about
GIC is among the world’s largest fund management companies. It was established in 1981 to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves. GIC strives to achieve good long-term returns on assets under its management, so as to preserve and enhance Singapore’s reserves. Since its inception, GIC has grown from managing a few billion dollars to well above US$100 billion today. GIC’s investment framework capitalises on its strengths which include the ability to take a long-term investment perspective, a global presence, capabilities to invest in cross- asset opportunities, and a skilled and experienced team. It has investments across 40 countries and in assets such as equities, fixed income, real estate and private equity. GIC has been investing in emerging markets for over twenty years. GIC is headquartered in Singapore with a network of offices in ten cities worldwide. For more information on GIC please visit www.gic.com.sg