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投资Capital Float,亚马逊加大印度金融科技市场参与度

在线零售巨头亚马逊计划进一步拓展金融科技版图,并已经就此开始与印度数字借贷创企Capital Float进行投资洽谈。

来自班加罗尔的Capital Float目前主要关注小企业贷款领域,同时已经开始在亚马逊平台开始提供消费金融服务,而且是在亚马逊投资该公司就已经开始。

有知情人士称,亚马逊预估的投资额大概为500万到1000万美元。不过目前亚马逊和Capital Float均拒绝对此发表评论。

其实,此前亚马逊已经先后投资了印度在线服务平台BankBazaar和礼物与积分平台Qwikcilver。除此之外,亚马逊还在努力提升自己的消费支付业务,比如该公司已经先后投资了阿里巴巴支持的Paytm和Flipkarts公司的Phonepe。

有数字借贷市场参与者表示,目前亚马逊的企业开发团队非常活跃,他们对金融科技市场尤其青睐。

就在不久前,Capital Float曾在C轮融资中成功收获4500万美元,该轮投资由于来自硅谷的Ribbit Capital领投,SAIF Partners、红杉资本(印度)和Creation Investments等现有投资者跟投。据了解,在亚马逊本次投资落实之前,Capital Float的估值已经达到了1.25亿美元。

Online retail giant Amazon is looking to expand its footprint in the financial technology space and is in talks to invest in digital lending startup Capital Float, two persons aware of the development said.

Bengaluru-based Capital Float, which has so far focused on small businesses, is also set to start consumer financing on Amazon’s platform, apart from the ecommerce seller financing it already does, they said.

ET could not ascertain the deal size,but one of the persons cited earlier said Amazon is likely to cut a small cheque.

A third person said that Amazon may invest $5-10 million as an extension of the recent round raised by Capital Float, but this could not be independently confirmed.

Both Amazon and Capital Float declined to comment on the matter.

If concluded, the deal will add to Amazon India’s portfolio of investments in the fintech space apart from online financial services marketplace BankBazaar and gifting and loyalty points player Qwikcilver, even as it continues to build its consumer-focused payments business under Amazon Pay to take on Alibaba-backed Paytm and Flipkart’s Phonepe.

“Amazon’s corporate development team is very active right now, and they love fintech,” a founder of a digital lending startup said, requesting not to be named.

Capital Float had recently raised $45 million (Rs 293 crore) in a Series-C funding round led by Silicon Valley-based Ribbit Capital, with participation from existing investors SAIF Partners, Sequoia India and Creation Investments. As per the company’s recent MCA filings, the company was valued at Rs 836 crore ($125 million) before the fund was raised meaning, the post money valuation would be close to Rs 1,150 crore.

Capital Float’s revenue for FY16-17 was Rs 53.8 crore, while its losses grew to Rs 63.5 crore, MCA documents show.


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