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Transferwise开启新一轮融资 估值或超10亿美元

据Sky News报道,成立六年英国支付转账创企Transferwise正计划发起新一轮融资,欲使其估值首超10亿美元。

据称Transferwise正与包含数名新投资方在内的投资者进行详细会谈,以期吸引投资,在其已获1.1637亿美元(8955万英镑)资金的基础上翻一番。

自2011年来,Transferwise已完成了从种子轮到D轮在内的6轮融资,领投方包括Seedcamp、Index Ventures、IA Ventures、Valar Ventures、Andreessen Horowitz及Baillie Gifford。

维珍创始人Richard Branson及PayPal创始人Max Levchin等知名人士对Transferwise融资亦有贡献。

有知情人士向Sky News透露,Transferwise目标融资总额超1亿,数周内就可完成融资。

最近几周,Vantiv以7.4亿英镑购入Worldpay;Blackstone与CVC合资37亿收购Paysafe。 Transferwise融资将成为伦敦金融科技领域又一大助推。

今年早些时候,Transferwise将其广告活动搬入伦敦地铁,海报中人物看到其转账费感到震惊,滑稽夸张。Transferwise旨在使跨国转账费用更为低廉。

Transferwise的模式并不是直接进行跨国转账,而是在收到付款方款项后存入本地账户,随后从收款方所在国账户向收款人转入等额金额,不产生跨境费用。

TransferWise, the six-year-old British payment transfer startup, is aiming to kick off a new fundraising round which would see its value exceed £1bn for the first time, according to Sky News.

The business is reportedly in detailed talks with investors, including several new names, to pull in a sum which could double the $116.37m (£89.55m) it has already raised.

Since 2011, TransferWise has already completed six funding rounds ranging from Seed to Series D, with lead investors including Seedcamp, Index Ventures, IA Ventures, Valar Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Baillie Gifford.

Big names such as Virgin's Richard Branson and PayPal founder Max Levchin have also contributed to various rounds.

Sources told Sky News that TransferWise could finalise its new funding, targeting a total of more than $100m, within weeks.

This would be another big boost for London's fintech sector, which has seen two big deals in recent weeks with the announced £7.4bn sale of Worldpay to Vantiv and Blackstone and CVC's joint $3.7bn bid for Paysafe.

TransferWise, which pushed its advertising campaign on London's tube system earlier this year through posters of comically shocked individuals who had reportedly just seen their transfer fees, is aiming to make international payments cheaper.

Rather than sending money across borders, it takes a payment from the payer and holds it in its locally based account.

It then sends the equivalent amount to the payee from its bank account in the destination country, without incurring any cross-border fees.


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