Contemporary from agreeing its largest acquisition thus far with a deal to buy European payment firm iZettle for $2.2 billion, PayPal is on the funding hunt as soon as once more after it backed India’s Pine Labs with a $125 million spherical.
The financing collectively comes from PayPal and Temasek, the sovereign funding fund from the Singaporean authorities with over $200 billion in belongings. Each will take undisclosed “minority shares” in Pine Labs. Sequoia made a seed funding in 2009 and it stays the startup’s largest-single investor, the VC agency stated.
The brand new deal takes New Delhi-based Pine Labs to $208 million raised from traders thus far. It beforehand closed an $82 million investment from PE funds Actis and Altimeter Capital in March of this 12 months at a reported valuation of $900 million. Latest reviews speculated on the Temasek investment (however not PayPal) which might give Pine Labs a valuation of over $1 billion, thus vaulting it into the worldwide ‘unicorn’ membership. A spokesperson declined to offer a confirmed valuation for the newest deal.
Like iZettle, Pine Labs presents a point-of-sale system that covers debit and bank cards, in addition to new and more and more widespread digital cost strategies that embody cellular wallets, and companies that assist Indian authorities undertaking UPI. Relatively than different conventional POS units which are widespread throughout India, Pine Labs’ is sensible and cloud-based.
Whereas that product provides it distribution, the corporate presents a collection of companies for retailers and SMEs which embody buyer analytics, a transaction dashboard, and mortgage companies. The corporate’s notable public-facing shoppers embody retailer Croma, Nike, McDonald’s, Apple, KFC, Sony and Samsung.
Since that final funding in March, there’s been a change on the prime. Pine Labs appointed board member Vicky Bindra, a former govt with Visa, MasterCard and GE Capital, as its CEO in April to go after worldwide growth and new companies for shoppers and banks. That’s additionally how this new capital might be spent, the corporate confirmed in an announcement.
In a press release, Bindra stated Pine Lab’s annualized transaction quantity is $15 billion by way of a base of round 300,000 cost factors. He added that the enterprise is “on monitor to originate over $1 billion USD of on the spot loans at point-of-sale terminals for card issuers and companion NBFCs this fiscal 12 months.”
“We’re teaming up with Temasekand PayPal at a time when the Indian funds market is at an inflexion level. We’re a pacesetter within the offline funds area, a place that’s crucial in enabling the ecosystem of on-line cost merchandise. The investments will assist us transfer a step nearer to our imaginative and prescient for constructing a world-class merchant-centric funds ecosystem,” Pine Labs founder Lokvir Kapoor added by way of a press release.