Ahead of its planned IPO in the United States, India-based FinTech company Pine Labs has raised fresh funding of $100 million from the US-based investment management company, Invesco through the Invesco Developing Markets Fund.
The current funding comes just after two months when the firm had raised $600 million funding, at a valuation of $3 billion led by Blackrock Inc, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC, Tree Line, AMC through its ‘Late Stage Tech Fund’, Kotak and IIFL.
Pine Labs offers PoS, merchant payment and BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) solutions is also backed by Teamsek Holdings, Sequoia Capital, Mastercard, PayPal, and Actis among other investors.
Amrish Rau, CEO of Pine Labs said, “Over the last 18 months we have scaled our Prepaid Issuing stack, Online Payments, and also the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) offering. We continue to make progress in the larger Asian markets with our BNPL platform. Very excited to have a marquee investor like Invesco join us in the journey.”
The merchant commerce platform is raising more from investors and is strengthening its capital ahead of its Initial Public Offering. Pine Labs has appointed Wall Street banks including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as its advisors for its IPO in the US next year.
According to company sources, the IPO could value the firm at $6 billion, nearly double its valuation when it had raised $600 million in July.
Justin Leverenz, CIO of Developing Markets Equities at Invesco, said in the press release, “The Invesco Developing Markets Fund is pleased to invest in Pine Labs, a leading FinTech services company in India, which fits our strategy of seeking high-quality companies that have durable long-term growth potential.”
Founded in 1998, Pine Labs primarily specializes in developing deployment and software solutions for PoS (Point of Sale) devices for storefronts. The company has been branching out its offerings on its newly developed software platform with enterprise solutions such as invoice management, BNPL integration, issuing prepaid credit cards, and payment gateway.
Pine Labs is the third-highest valued FinTech startup in India after Paytm and PhonePe. According to the company, it has displayed a net revenue of Rs 800 crore ($1 billion) in the Financial Year 2021. Pine Labs has over 40,000 merchants and more than 6 million users.
India is witnessing a steady growth of digital payments fueled by the pandemic. Many consumer-focused FinTech startups such as Paytm and Mobikwik have already filed in the domestic exchanges to go public.