Paytm Said to Announce Rs. 2,000-Crore Funding Deal Soon

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Paytm Said to Announce Rs. 2,000-Crore Funding Deal Soon

Alibaba-backed Paytm is set to raise about $300 million (over Rs. 2,000 crores) in a round of fresh funding from a clutch of investors, including Taiwanese semiconductor maker MediaTek and Goldman Sachs.

According to sources, Paytm will announce the deal in the next few weeks.

The financing round is also expected to see participation of existing investors, Alibaba and its payments affiliate Alipay as well as venture capital firm SAIF Partners, they added.

This will take Paytm's valuation to about $5 billion (roughly Rs. 33,543 crores). The funds will be deployed across Paytm's businesses, including digital payments, online marketplace with a special focus on the upcoming payments bank, sources said.

Paytm has raised close to $700 million (roughly Rs. 4,696 crores) from Alibaba and Alipay. The company did not respond to an e-mailed query.

The new funding to Paytm would be the largest financing round in the country's technology and Internet space this year, well ahead of $200 million raised by online marketplace Snapdeal.

While a number of multi-million dollar fundings were announced last year by the likes of Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola, the last few months have been tough for these start-ups as investors have tightened their purse strings.

The sources said a major chunk of the funding could go towards the payments bank operations.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has said the payments bank will become operational later this year.

Disclosure: Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma's One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.


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