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巴西金融科技创企NuBank获腾讯1.8亿美元投资

本周一,巴西金融科技创企NuBank宣布获得中国科技巨头腾讯公司1.8亿美元投资。

此举标志着腾讯在拉丁美洲最大的经济体中的首次亮相。

此前,NuBank产品主要为免手续费信用卡和数字支付账户。今年1月,Nubank获得巴西央行批准,并准备在今年年底前开始向消费者提供贷款。

Nubank首席执行官David Velez告诉路透社,腾讯通过增资9000万美元投资Nubank,同时还会斥资9000万美元收购现任Nubank股东的部分股权。

腾讯方面负责人在一份声明中表示,此项投资旨在帮助Nubank“建立一个提供全方位服务的个人理财平台”。

据悉,腾讯目前已经是在线银行WeBank和在线保险公司众安在线保险有限公司的主要股东,并已在菲律宾、德国等多个国际市场投资其他金融科技创业公司。

自2013年成立以来,Nubank已发行500万张信用卡,数字支付账户累计注册用户也突破250万。通过这一平台,用户可以进行转账、支付账单和赚取存款利息等多个功能。

Velez表示,虽然Nubank今年不需要再注资,但腾讯将帮助该公司在支付、消费贷款、工程和机器学习等领域进一步发展。

自2013年成立以来,Nubank已经通过6轮融资累计筹集了3.3亿美元资金。在由风险投资公司DST Global Investment Partners领导的上一轮融资中,NuBank就筹集了1.5亿美元。

Chinese gaming and social media firm Tencent Holdings Ltd <0700.HK> paid $180 million for an undisclosed minority stake in Brazilian financial technology company Nu Pagamentos SA, both companies said on Monday.

The move marks Tencent's debut in Latin America's largest economy at a time when Nubank, as the company is known, is preparing to make consumer loans by year end, going beyond its current mainstays of fee-free credit cards and digital payment accounts.

In January, Nubank got clearance from the Brazilian central bank to offer loans to consumers.

Tencent is investing in Nubank through a $90 million capital increase, Nubank Chief Executive David Velez told Reuters. The Chinese giant is also paying $90 million to acquire partial stakes from current Nubank shareholders.

Tencent President Martin Lau said in a statement that the investment is aimed at helping Nubank "build a full-service personal finance platform."

China's largest social media and gaming company is already a major shareholder of online-only bank WeBank, and of online-only insurer ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co Ltd <6060.HK>, and has invested in other fintech startups in markets from the Philippines to Germany.

Nubank has issued 5 million credit cards and has signed up 2.5 million customers to digital payment accounts - which allow users to make transfers, pay bills and earn interest on deposits - since its foundation in 2013.

Velez said that while Nubank did not need another capital injection this year, Tencent will help the company develop further in areas such as payments, consumer loans, engineering and machine learning.

Nubank has raised $330 million since its foundation in 2013 in six financing rounds. In its last financing round, led by venture capital firm DST Global Investment Partners, the Brazilian fintech raised $150 million.


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