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Last Updated : Nov 12, 2019 11:35 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Snapdeal looking at $1.2 bn valuation with fresh funding of $100 mn: Report

The company last raised capital in February 2016 and was valued at around $6.5 billion.

A private security gurad stands at a gate of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)
A private security gurad stands at a gate of Snapdeal headquarters in Gurugram (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Snapdeal is in discussions for a $100-million infusion from new and existing investors in what would be its first major fund-raiser since 2016, The Times of India reported.

The Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal-led start-up is looking to be valued around $800 million to $1.2 billion. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is its domestic and global advisor, TOI quoted sources as saying.

The e-tailer company has informed potential investors that Japan-based SoftBank has committed to a half of the round, the paper added.

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Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

The company last raised capital in February 2016 and was valued at around $6.5 billion. After its potential acquisition by Flipkart in 2017 fell through, co-founders Bahl and Bansal bought back 10 percent shares at a valuation below $100 million.

The development follows ShopClues' acquisition by Singapore’s Qoo100 for below $100 million in October after a ShopClues and Snapdeal merger fell through in early 2019. ShopClues was once valued at $1.1 billion.

The new fundraiser is being looked at as a test for the co-founders’ ability to inspire confidence in investors after the value erosion, the publication quoted a source saying.

SoftBank and Snapdeal declined to comment on the "market speculation".

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First Published on Nov 12, 2019 11:18 am
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