Shares of Asian technology firm Sea Limited (NYSE: SE) experienced a significant surge on Monday, rising by 14.77%. The upswing came in the wake of news about potential regulatory changes in Indonesia that could impact TikTok, one of Sea’s competitors.
The new regulations, expected to be introduced as early as Wednesday, September 27, 2023, could pose challenges for the integration of e-commerce features on social media platforms such as TikTok Shop. This platform has been making rapid strides in the Indonesian market recently.
Sea Limited operates three primary business segments, including the Shopee e-commerce platform. With these imminent regulations potentially hindering TikTok Shop’s growth, Shopee could stand to benefit, which likely contributed to the surge in Sea’s stock on Monday.
In Q2 2023, around two-thirds of Sea’s revenue was generated from its e-commerce division. Therefore, any decrease in competition within Indonesia’s market could significantly influence the company’s bottom line.
Despite this positive development, Sea’s stock remains considerably lower than its peak value, sitting at 90% below it. The company’s low market expectations are partially due to concerns over competition from platforms like TikTok. However, if the regulatory environment in Indonesia alters favorably for Sea, these expectations might improve. Considering Sea’s continued growth and profitability, it could be well-positioned to recover if it successfully navigates these changes.
However, investors should be aware of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Indonesia’s regulatory plans and their extent. Sea also offers social e-commerce features via Shopee live streaming which management claims is now the largest live-streaming platform in Indonesia. Therefore, these upcoming regulations could potentially present challenges for Sea as well.
Investors are encouraged to closely observe the actual impact of Indonesia’s new regulations once they are enforced to better comprehend their effect on both Sea and its competitors.