IPGA gets $8.9m investment

IPGA gets $8.9m investment

IPGA (ASX:IPP) has received an $8.9m investment commitment from French property portal, for shares worth 9.4% of the company

Property website operator, IPGA, (ASX:IPP) will raise $8.9 million through the sale of a 9.4 per cent stake in itself to French property portal

The company has agreed to issue 15.3 million IPGA shares to, a member of European media group Axel Springer.

The shares will be held in voluntary escrow for nine months from completion. will be granted the right to elect a board member. As a result its CEO, Roland Tripard, will join the IPGA board.

Another of the deal's terms will allow the right to participate in any non pro rata cash offering to maintain its stake.

IPGA chairman Simon Baker said the deal will provide the company with the funds to pursue further growth in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia, and into more countries within the region.

The company recently purchased two Indonesian property portals for up to $1.5 million in cash, plus shares, and last year bought Malaysia's ThinkMedia for $2.1 million.

Tripard said made the investment because it believes the Asian market has “significant long-term future growth potential.”

IPP shares grew 14.8 per cent in Monday's trading to $0.850.

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