PropertyGuru Revenue Up 16% in Q1 Despite 32% Drop in Vietnamese Listings

May 24, 2023
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The Southeast Asian real estate portal operator PropertyGuru has released its figures for Q1 of the 2023 financial year. Highlights of the company's performance for the three months ended 31st of March included:

  • Total revenue was up 16% year-on-year at S$33 million (USD 24.5 million).
  • Net loss was S$10 million (compared to S$120 million in 2022) and Adjusted EBITDA was a positive S$0.2 million.
  • Revenue from PropertyGuru's Fintech and Data Services segment was up 40% at S$1.4 million.

Commenting on his company's performance in Q1, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Hari V. Krishnan said:

“We are pleased with our results, as PropertyGuru performed well in the face of several transitory challenges that continue to impact our core markets. While rising interest rates and government credit intervention weighed on market activity, we remained resilient and delivered good growth by helping our customers navigate the challenges they faced and confirming the value add of our solutions in all phases of the real estate cycle.”

PropertyGuru operates leading real estate portals across Southeast Asia. It is the clear market leader in its native Singapore, where it claims to have more than 5x the market share of the closest competitor. The group is also the leader in Malaysia where it operates both the Propertyguru Portals In Southeast Asia 2022PropertyGuru and iProperty verticals, in Vietnam through Batdongsan.com and in Thailand through DDproperty.com. In Indonesia, PropertyGuru operates the #2 vertical Rumah.com.

The company's revenues increased in all of its operating markets apart from Vietnam where Batdongsan saw a 34% drop to S$3 million. The market has suffered greatly from government actions to tighten credit and the number of listings in the market dropped by 32% year-on-year.

As for profitability, PropertyGuru continues to do a good job of monetizing its native Singapore market and saw Adjusted EBITDA increase 23% year-on-year. The company has managed to increase its average revenue per agent in Singapore on a consistent basis since going public last year and the latest quarter was no exception with the average agent paying S$1,124, up 19% year-on-year.

Although PropertyGuru has stubbornly remained a loss-making business since floating on the NYSE, and has seen its share price plummet nearly 50%, CFO Joe Dische was upbeat about the company's recent performance:

"PropertyGuru delivered strong 35% revenue growth in 2022, with all our segments performing well despite challenging operating conditions. We are pleased with how well our business responded, with proactive cost control actions contributing to a S$25 million year over year improvement in Adjusted EBITDA. Our actions in 2022 have laid the foundation for further revenue growth and improvements in operating performance. We continue to scale the business, accelerate the realization of our investments, and leverage the deployment of further growth capital.”

In its Q1 press release, PropertyGuru reaffirmed its revenue outlook of S$160-170 million and Adjusted EBITDA of S$11-15 million for the year (2022's figures were S$136 million and S$14.5 million respectively).

May 24, 2023
Since March 2020 Edmund's job has been to read about, write about, collect data on, analyse and generally know about real estate marketplaces and the companies that run them. Before that he worked at the aggregator Mitula Group (which became Lifull Connect) for five years.

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