Vietnam ride-hailer gets $60m Deutsche Bank loan to battle Grab


HO CHI MINH CITY — Deutsche Bank has loaned $60 million to ride-hailer Be Group in Vietnam, where customers are literally fighting for rides as companies — including rivals Grab and Gojek — struggle to attract drivers amid COVID challenges and rising fuel prices.

Be Group said on Monday it will use the funds to expand three businesses — motorbike- and car-hailing, food delivery and digital banking — and has the option to borrow a further $40 million. The app maker said it looks to turn a profit this quarter, though startups overall have yet to prove a sustainable business model in the ride-hailing market.