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华尔街即时金融信息通讯公司Symphony锁定亿元融资目标

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华尔街即时金融信息通讯公司Symphony锁定亿元融资目标

Symphony Communication Looking To Raise Around $100 Million

Symphony Communication Services是一家华尔街的新兴即时通讯新兴公司,据《华尔街日报》报道,该公司正与投资者商谈,有望在新一轮融资中筹得1亿美元。

据报道,Symphony Communication Services公司正与淡马锡控股公司(Temasek Holdings)及新加坡政府投资公司(GIC)商谈。同时也在与大西洋大众公司(General Atlantic) 商谈。据《华尔街日报》引述,有消息人士透露该公司的一些现有投资人可能参与这一轮融资。报道称,约一年前,该公司从投资人中筹得1亿美元,投资人包括Alphabet公司的Google部门。在2015年的融资,该公司估值为6.5亿美元。

Symphony公司的发言人Samantha Singh在报道中称:“对于各种行动及未来发展,我们资金充足。”

Symphony公司有高盛集团的支持,还有包括贝莱德集团(BlackRock)在内的多个资金管理人的支持,但2014年底帮助Symphony成立的公司中,Symphony通信服务并没有广泛应用,部分原因在于受低利率、市场低迷、监管加强等因素的影响,金融服务的利润有所下降。

《华尔街日报》称,Symphony公司要成功,就要在证券交易人的电脑屏幕上占据一席之地,尽管证券交易人的电脑屏幕已经挤满了其他服务商。贝莱德集团正出手帮忙,于六月宣布将其内部通讯转移到Symphony公司,并鼓励银行及经纪人用Symphony进行通信。Symphony公司的执行官们并不认为Symphony与彭博(Bloomberg)通讯功能是竞争关系,但报道指出,华尔街之所以支持Symphony,部分原因在于其瞄准的目标,是彭博终端留住用户的特色功能之一。Symphony公司的通信服务提供了一个平台,在这个平台上,用户可获取数据、分析、新闻以及其他信息来源。

Symphony Communication Services, an instant messaging startup backed by Wall Street, is reportedly in initial discussions with investors to raise around $100 million in new funding, reported The Wall Street Journal.

According to the report, Symphony Communication Services is in talks with Temasek Holdings and GIC. It's also holding discussions with General Atlantic, which is based in the U.S. WSJ cited people familiar with the matter. Some of the company's existing investors may take part in the round of funding. The report noted that, roughly a year ago, Symphony raised around $100 million from investors, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google unit. The round in 2015 valued the company at $650 million, the paper reported.

"We are well-funded for our operations and future growth," said Symphony spokeswoman Samantha Singh in the report.

Symphony, with the backing of Goldman Sachs Group and money managers, including BlackRock, has not been widely adopted by the companies that helped start the firm at the end of 2014, in part because the profits of financial services firms have been hurt by low interest rates, lackluster markets and new increased regulation. In order for the company to be successful, WSJ reported it needs to find a place on the computer screens of traders, which are already crowded with other service providers. BlackRock is helping, announcing in June it moved its internal messaging to the Symphony service and has since begun encouraging its banks and brokers to communicate with them. Symphony executives don't see it as a competitor to Bloomberg's messaging function, but the report noted Wall Street is backing the company partly because it took aim at one the features that keeps their employees using the Bloomberg terminal. Symphony's messaging service is a platform in which users can access data, analytics, news and other sources of information.

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