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Funding Circle上市又有新进展

消息人士称,英国著名在线借贷平台Funding Circle已于近日选定美国银行美林、高盛、摩根士丹利和Numis Corp.几家机构协助其进行上市。

Funding Circle本次计划于2018年第二/三季度在伦敦证券交易所上市,并有望成为英国金融科技界最大的一次IPO。有业内人士指出,该公司的估值可能高达27.7亿美元。

据了解,Funding Circle主要为美国、英国、德国和荷兰的小企业提供贷款。平台现有的投资者包括Index Ventures、Union Square Ventures和Accel Partners,这些公司也因此有可能成为Funding Circle上市的大赢家。

LendInvest联合创始人兼首席执行官克里斯蒂安·法斯(Christian Faes)在接受采访时表示:“Funding Circle此番上市将成为整个在线贷款行业发展的催化剂。 像我们这样的金融科技企业都渴望公开上市,我认为Funding Circle是为我们整个行业其他企业的上市铺平了道路。”

不过有报道指出,消息来源指出的金融机构没有对此进行回应评论。

来自Funding Circle的资料显示,该公司去年的现金流量为正数,但尚未公布其收益的具体细节。不过该公司表示,投资者的平均年净回报率大概会在6.4%。

去年,Funding Circle完成了1亿美元的股权融资。从英国退欧对英国金融科技市场的影响来说,这无疑是一件大新闻。

Funding Circle has reportedly chosen the banks to help it go public, according to Bloomberg reports from Sunday (March 11).

An unnamed source revealed that Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Numis Corp. will help the alternative lending platform in its initial public offering in the U.K.

Funding Circle plans to list on the London Stock Exchange. Reports said it could be the largest IPO by a U.K. FinTech, with the source noting the company’s valuation could be as high as $2.77 billion. Funding Circle plans to float in the second or third quarter of this year.

The alternative lending platform facilitates loans for small business borrowers across the U.S., U.K., Germany and the Netherlands. Its existing investors include Index Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Accel Partners, which could be big winners of the company’s IPO.

“This listing is a catalyst for the industry to be taken more seriously,” said LendInvest co-founder and chief executive officer Christian Faes in an interview with the publication. “Businesses like ours aspire to be publicly listed, and I think this does pave the way for other listings.”

The FIs named by the source did not respond to a request to comment, reports noted.

According to Funding Circle, the company is cash flow-positive as of last year, but the firm hasn’t released specific details of its earnings. It says investors see an average annual net return of 6.4 percent.

Last year, Funding Circle announced $100 million in equity funding, which analysts at the time said was a feat considering concerns over how Brexit could impact the vitality of the U.K.’s FinTech market.

“Growth has been stronger than expected, investors are hunting for yield and there’s a bounce-back from earlier in the year,” said Victory Park Capital Advisors principal Cormac Leech in an interview with Bloomberg reflecting on the investment.

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