Just a couple of months after it had raised $81 Mn in its Series C round, Bengaluru-based fintech startup CRED is said to be in talks with existing investors to raise fresh funding at a post-money valuation of $2Bn
According to a TechCrunch report which cited unnamed sources, the $200 Mn transaction is expected to close within a month. The new funding talks come just a few months after the startup had raised $81 Mn in its Series C round from Ribbit Capital, Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global. That round also saw participation from undisclosed partners from DST Global. These investors are expected to participate in the new round as well, which was first reported in The Morning Context.
Founded in 2018, CRED focuses entirely on premium credit card users, offering them rewards and benefits for paying credit card bills. Members are only allowed once their credit score has been screened. Such data could likely be used by CRED to back its lending play, while in recent months, the company has also focussed sharply on its ecommerce business.
In the last two years, CRED claims to have added over 5.9 Mn credit card users with a median credit score of 830. Shah had earlier said that the company has not witnessed any distress in repayments from its members since the Covid-19 outbreak in India.
As for its ecommerce platform that allows for discovery of D2C brands as well as experiential services such as hospitality and travel, CRED has added over 1,300 brands such as Samsung, Myntra, and Curefit among others. Apart from this, it also launched CRED as a check out option for Razorpay merchants, where users can utilize CRED coins to pay for a part of the order value.
CRED’s valuation has been growing steadily over multiple rounds, despite having negligible revenue over the same time period. Before closing its Series C with an $800Mn valuation tag in December, CRED’s valuation stood at around $450 Mn valuation after its $120 Mn Series B round in August 2019.
For the financial year ended March 2020 (FY20), CRED posted operating revenue of just INR 52 lakh in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. In the same financial year, CRED made more revenue from interest on fixed deposits and current investments than actual revenue from operations.
The INR 52 lakh that CRED made in FY20 was the only revenue from operations that it had in the last few years of operations. In FY19, CRED’s total income stood at INR 3.03 Cr. That year, the company had zero income from operations.
The company’s total expenses stood at INR 378.39 Cr, an increase of 492% from FY19 when it recorded expenses worth INR 63.90 Cr. Hence, the company’s after-tax loss stood at INR 360.31 Cr, an increase of 492% from the FY19 loss of INR 60.86 Cr. On a unit level, it spent over INR 770 for every rupee in revenue.