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Digital bank Revolut valued at $33 billion in funding round led by SoftBank and Tiger Global

Nikolay Storonsky, founder and CEO of Revolut, on stage at the 2019 Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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LONDON — British fintech firm Revolut said Thursday it had raised $800 million in a new funding round led by SoftBank and Tiger Global.

Revolut, which offers banking and trading services through an app, is now valued at $33 billion following its latest round, a sixfold increase on the $5.5 billion the company was worth last year.

The latest financing round makes Revolut the second-largest fintech unicorn — a private start-up worth over $1 billion — in Europe, behind buy-now-pay-later giant Klarna, according to data from CB Insights. It is also now the biggest fintech in the U.K., leaping ahead of payments firm Checkout.com.

The fresh cash comes from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 and U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global, which collectively hold a less than 5% stake in the company.

Revolut will use the money to invest in marketing, product development and international expansion, Mikko Salovaara, Revolut’s chief financial officer, told reporters Thursday. The firm is heavily focused on ramping up growth in the United States and India, he added.

Fintech start-ups have been on a funding frenzy lately, raising a record $33.7 billion in the second quarter of 2021, according to CB Insights. In Europe, the likes of Germany’s Trade Republic and the Netherland’s Mollie have raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors.

Salovaara said Revolut had no immediate plans for an initial public offering, having just raised a sizable amount of funding. He didn’t rule out an IPO this year but suggested it was unlikely. Last week, money transfer giant Wise went public in London’s biggest tech listing by market cap.

Revolut reported annual losses of £167.8 million ($231.9 million) in 2020, higher than the £106.7 million the company lost in the previous year.

The fintech made £222.1 million in revenue last year. That means Revolut’s new market value is more than 100 times its 2020 sales.

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