Sea Limited (SE) platform for online gaming, e-commerce and digital payments is expanding its footprint in the lucrative Southeast Asian market. In countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, the firm will become a pioneer.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which caused millions of individuals to stay at home, spurred Sea Limited’s rapid growth. This has contributed to increased demand for home entertainment and e-commerce (video games). Sea Limited provides both of these programs.
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The Sea Limited entertainment services segment, which includes the gaming site Garena, increased sales by almost 73 percent year-on-year in the third quarter. In this section, half of the sales are linked to subscriptions. The cumulative digital subscribers of the company rose by 109 percent, which not only foreshadows huge growth now, but also in the future. This segment is also highly profitable, displaying a 62 percent adjusted EBITDA margin.
Sea Limited’s e-commerce division has also risen steadily in recent years, with revenue increasing by more than 173 percent. Around the same time, sales growth matched the rise in the number of merchandise delivered on the website, and the loss per order declined in the third quarter from $0.79 a year earlier to $0.41. Furthermore, more and more individuals are making transfers using Sea’s automated payment solution. In the third quarter of this year, the Seamoney app raised sales from $1.7 million last quarter to $14.4 million. The management of the company revealed that in October, over 30 percent of mobile orders on the e-commerce website was made with Seamoney. Singapore’s regulator issued Sea a digital banking license earlier this month, the region’s first such permit.
Sea Limited’s main market is Southeast Asia. The population of countries served by Sea Limited as of 2019 was just over 600 million, more than half of China’s population, where giants like Alibaba and Pinduoduo run. Moreover, Sea Limited’s future population is also inferior to the largest nation in the region in terms of internet access: 400 million out of 600 million users in the region are infiltrated. Of those 400 million, far fewer use e-commerce sites daily. However, as GDP per capita increases, this demand is rising increasingly. This implies that Sea Limited has the potential to increase revenues as one of the leaders in the region.
The Sea Limited (SE) share was worth $218.48 (+4.51%) when trading on January 12, having risen in price by almost 446 percent in over-a-year trading.