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[Translation from English to Japanese ] Vending Machine Operator Ubox Lands $85M USD Fresh Funding From Carlyle Group...

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Vending Machine Operator Ubox Lands $85M USD Fresh Funding From Carlyle Group

China’s leading vending company Ubox has secured 530 million RMB ($85 million USD) in funding from Carlyle Group in exchange for an undisclosed stake. The investment was made through the Carlyle Beijing Partners Fund, an RMB fund the investment institution has established with the support of the Beijing government. The financing is earmarked to expand Ubox’s vending machine network across the country, improve its digital advertising businesses, and develop more value-added services.
Founded in 2010, Ubox is a key player in China’s vending machine industry. In addition to traditional vending services, Ubox is known for its pioneering O2O efforts in operating interactive vending machines, which enables customers to make purchases through their mobile app and then pick goods from offline vending devices.
Ubox machines support multiple payment methods ranging from credit/debit cards, to more popular mobile payment options like Alipay or WeChat Payment. Not only from retail sales, the company also makes money through ads on its online platform.
Operated under a franchise model, Ubox runs more than 30,000 machines across 58 cities in locations like transit stations and shopping malls across China, according to the company.
“China’s vending machine market is still at an early stage of development, with great potential for growth. The industry has seen an accelerated pace of growth in recent years, driven by increasing disposable income, rising urban population density and consumers’ preference for convenient lifestyles.” said Eric Zhang, managing director of the Carlyle Asia buyout team.
The deal points to the interest from foreign funds in China. As of June 2015, Carlyle Group has invested a combined $6.3 billion USD in 81 projects in China. The Ubox deal comes on the heels of Carlyle’s investment in transportation company Shanghai ANE Logistics Ltd. and equipment leasing firm JIC Leasing Co Ltd.
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自販機運営を手掛けるUBOX、Carlyle Groupから最初の資金8500万米ドルを調達

中国の大手自販機運営会社のUboxは、未公開株を提供する代わりに5億3000万人民元(8500万米ドル)の資金をCarlyle Groupより調達した。今回の資金提供は、北京政府の協力によって設立された人民元ファンド、Carlyle Beijing Partners Fund経由で行われた。
Uboxの自販機は、クレジットカード/デビットカード決済からAlipayやWeChat Paymentの様なもっと人気のあるモバイル決済まで、様々な決済方法に対応している。同社は、小売だけではなく、オンラインプラットフォーム上の広告からも収益を得ている。
「中国の自販機市場はまだ発展の初期段階にあり、今後の成長が大いに期待できます。この業界の近年の成長ペースは、可処分所得や都市部の人口密度の増加、そして便利なライフスタイルを好む消費者が増えたことで急速に伸びています」とCarlyle Asiaの買収チームの担当責任者であるEric Zhang氏は語った。
中国が、取引による外資に関心を示していることが分かる。2015年の6月時点で、Carlyle Groupは中国での81案件に対する出資総額は63億米ドルに達している。Uboxへの出資は、Carlyleが運送会社のShanghai ANE Logistics Ltdと設備リース会社のJIC Leasing Co Ltdに出資を行った直後に行われている。

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