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Fintech firm N26 is now worth more than Germany’s second-largest bank

Fintech firm N26 is now worth more than Germany’s second-largest bank

10/18/2021 5:51:00 PM

Fintech firm N26 is now worth more than Germany’s second-largest bank

German digital bank N26 said on Tuesday it has raised $900 million in a new funding round that values the firm at $9 billion.

N26, which counts billionaires Peter Thiel and Li Ka-Shing as investors, raised the fresh cash from Third Point, the hedge fund led by U.S. billionaire investor Dan Loeb, andCoatue, while Dragoneer also invested.Founded in 2013, N26 is one of several start-ups in Europe seeking to challenge established banks with app-based checking accounts and little to no fees. Competitors include Revolut, which was

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recently valued at $33 billion, and Monzo.Maximilian Tayenthal, N26's founder and co-CEO, said the company plans to spend the extra cash on hiring 1,000 people globally and on launching new features like cryptocurrency trading."We want to bring in more people with a focus on product, technology and security," Tayenthal told CNBC in an interview.

IPO ambitionsN26 now has 7 million customers across Europe and the U.S. and is on track to process $90 billion in transactions this year. The company recently acquired a banking license in Brazil, with a team of 40 employees already on the ground in São Paulo. N26 expects to roll out its app publicly in the country within the next year, Tayenthal said.

N26 now has enough "financial leeway" to prepare for an initial public offering, Tayenthal said, adding that he expects the firm to be "structurally IPO-ready" within the next 12 to 18 months."We have no hurry to go public," Tayenthal said. "With increasing profitability, the kind of money we are raising right now, it really takes away any time pressure."

With plenty of money available in private equity markets, many tech companies are opting to stay private for longer. Stripe, for example,earlier this year, making it one of the most valuable start-ups in the U.S.Several European fintechs have managed to reach multibillion-dollar valuations amid surging investment activity. Revolut was

in a funding round led by SoftBank, for example.However, some investors have expressed concern about their ability to make a profit.N26 is, racking up losses of 216.9 million euros in 2019. Its European business lost 110 million euros in 2020, down from 165 million a year earlier. Tayenthal said N26 isn't under pressure from investors to make a profit anytime soon.

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