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Pine Labs Files For A ‘Confidential’ US IPO To Raise Up To $500M

Pine Labs services nearly 150,000 merchants in India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, which is likely to list on the US exchanges in mid-2022, may look to seek a valuation of $6-7 billion from its $500-million IPO.

Pine Labs Pvt, an Asian digital payments provider backed by Sequoia India and Mastercard Inc. has filed for a ‘confidential’ initial public offering (IPO) worth $500 million with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The listing could give Pine Labs a valuation of about $5.5 billion to $7.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley are the lead banks on the deal, the people said. Considerations are ongoing and details such as the size and timing could still change, the people said. A representative for Singapore-based Pine Labs didn’t respond to requests for comment, while representatives for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley declined to comment.

Led by Chief Executive Officer Amrish Rau, the company in July raised about $600 million from investors including Fidelity Management & Research Co. and BlackRock Inc., according to a statement. The company said it was targeting a public offering within 18 months and has been operationally profitable for several years — a rarity among the new crop of Indian fintech.

The startup, which offers solutions for in-store and online payments as well as prepaid, loyalty and “pay later” programs, is valued at $3 billion, Rau said at the time.

The deal was followed by an additional $100 million in funding from Invesco Developing Markets Fund. It also counts Temasek Holdings Pte, PayPal Holdings Inc. and Actis Capital among its other investors. India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India, invested $20 million in the startup earlier this month.

Pine Labs serves over 150,000 merchants in India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The company has expanded both organically and via acquisitions including consumer fintech platform Fave last year. The digital payments gateway and commerce platform, whose main operations are in India, supports payments for enterprise customers including Apple Inc., McDonald’s Corp. and Starbucks Corp.

Source: Business World

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