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Nikkei buys majority stake in DealStreetAsia

Japanese media group to expand startup coverage in Southeast Asia and India

Nikkei aims to use the DealStreetAsia acquisition to deepen its coverage of Asia's startup and tech scene.  

TOKYO -- Nikkei announced on Friday that it is acquiring a majority stake in DealStreetAsia, a Singapore-based financial news site with a focus on corporate investment activity in Southeast Asia and India. 

The deal will enable the Japanese media group to deepen its coverage of the fast-growing Asian startup ecosystem and tech industries, Nikkei said in a news release. 

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Nikkei bought DealStreetAsia shares from existing investors SPH Ventures, North Base Media, Alpha JWC, K2 VC and SGAN, as well as from angel investors such as Paytm CEO and founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and prominent American investor Jim Rogers. Indian business daily Mint, published by the Hindustan Times, will remain a minority shareholder.

DealStreetAsia runs an online publication that mainly tracks deal-related news focused on private equity, venture capital and startups. It has full-time correspondents in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and India. 

Nikkei owns the Financial Times and runs the Nikkei Asian Review, an English-language news publication focused on Asia. The Japanese media group has about 1,500 journalists worldwide and 37 foreign editorial bureaus, with a combined digital and print circulation of 4 million, including the FT.

From left, Naotoshi Okada, Nikkei's president and CEO, with Joji Thomas Philip, the founder and editor-in-chief of DealStreetAsia

Nikkei’s partnership with DealStreetAsia will have “a strong focus on developing the editorial offering at Nikkei Asian Review, a key product in our global strategy,” said Naotoshi Okada, president and CEO of Nikkei. 

The group also aims to leverage DealStreetAsia's content to strengthen offerings from scoutAsia, a joint venture engaged in corporate news and data services launched by Nikkei and the FT.

The Japanese group has recently been expanding coverage of Asia's thriving startup and technology sectors. Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, according to a report by Google and Temasek Holdings, while the spread of affordable mobile data in India is giving rise to a new generation of startups.

The deal follows Nikkei’s 2015 acquisition of the FT for 844 million pounds ($1.3 billion), the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese media company. 

(Nikkei)

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