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英国支付创企Revolut估值突破14亿美元

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英国支付创企Revolut估值突破14亿美元

据知情人士透露,在新一轮融资过后,英国国际支付创企Revolut估值可能达到14亿美元。

据了解,本次融资将由俄罗斯风投公司Yuri Milner创立的投资公司DST Global领投。过去几个月,Revolut一直努力与各方投资者进行接洽,初期融资目标为1.5亿美元,不过目前来看总额可能会达到2.5亿美元。不过,DST和Revolut都拒绝对此发表评论。

Revolut创立于四年前,总部位于伦敦。这个在线平台就好像一个数字银行,允许用户在不同币种之间进行转账,同时无需其他额外收费。而根据该公司此前公布的消息,现在平台还允许用户将普通货币转换为比特币等加密货币。

来自该公司的消息显示,Revolut目前共拥有170万用户,员工总量突破350名,已于去年12月实现收支平衡,并计划进军美国市场。

据PitchBook统计,去年夏天Revolut的企业估价达到约2亿英镑(约合2.55亿美元)。Balderton Capital和Index Ventures都曾对Revolut进行过投资,而且该平台还通过众筹进行过融资。

也就是说,Revolut的估值已经达到了初始数字的5倍。这样的增长速度,尤其是在金融科技领域来说,更是难得一见。

目前,Revolut的最大竞争对手是TransferWise。该平台的估值已经达到16亿美元,并得到安德森霍洛维茨等风险投资公司的支持。

近几个月来,DST越来越重视金融科技行业。比如,此前该公司领投了智能股票交易平台Robinhood的3.5亿美元融资,并在今年早些时候领导了针对巴西创业公司Nubank的1.5亿美元投资。

The valuation of Revolut, an international payments startup, is set to quintuple in less than a year due to a new fundraising round, according to people familiar with the matter.

DST Global, an investing firm founded by Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner, is expected to lead a round that values the company at about $1.4 billion, not including the new cash, the people said. Revolut has been pitching investors in recent months on a deal that would raise about $150 million, but the total amount collected could now climb to $250 million. The round is not yet closed.

Just last summer, the London-based company was valued in a round at about 200 million British pounds, according to PitchBook, not including the new cash. That was about $255 million in U.S. dollars at the time.

A five-times rise in value isn’t normal, and it’s a rare spike in what are generally tough times for the financial technology, or fintech, industry. But the company has seen a surge in transaction volume — which the company says now measures $1.5 billion a month.

The hot startup, led by CEO Nikolay Storonsky, functions like a digital bank, allowing users to transfer money across different currencies without transaction fees. It claims 1.7 million users and has about 350 employees.

DST and Revolut declined to comment.

The company, which is only four years old, makes money through other fees and premium offerings. It has said that it broke even for the first time in the month of December. That declaration comes as the company launches new projects that could push profitability further away: Revolut recently unveiled its plans to expand into the United States, and now allows customers to transfer ordinary currency into cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

The Russia-born Storonsky has a reputation in the industry as being particularly hard-charging and brash.

“I can’t see how work-life balance will help you to build a start-up,” he told The Financial Times this winter. “You are competing with bigger players, with better funded start-ups; you’re competing for customers, you don’t have resources. So how are you going to win this game?”

Revolut’s previous backers include Balderton Capital and Index Ventures. It has also raised some money through crowdfunding.

Its top competitor, TransferWise, was last valued at $1.6 billion and is backed by venture capital firms including Andreessen Horowitz.

DST has in recent months focused more and more on the fintech sector; the firm is also leading a $350 milion round at Robinhood, the stock-trading company that caters to millennials, and led a $150 million round in Brazilian startup Nubank earlier this year.


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