Airwallex Reaches $5.5 Billion Valuation After $100 Million Investment Extension

In an extension of its $200 million Series E financing round, digital payments company Airwallex has secured an additional $100 million in funding. The extension came from Lone Pine Capital and featured the participation of existing investors such as 1835i Ventures and Sequoia Capital China. Now standing at $300 million, Airwallex’s latest funding gives the company a valuation of $5.5 billion. The company has raised a total of $802 million.

“As we approach our sixth anniversary, we want to continue to connect entrepreneurs, business builders, and makers with opportunities in every corner of the world,” co-founder and CEO of Airwallex Jack Zhang said. “This new capital injection will allow us to do just that, fueling M&A opportunities that will accelerate our global expansion plans, pursuing our mission to empower businesses to grow without borders.”

Headquartered in Australia, Airwallex offers a financial infrastructure and platform that enables businesses to manage payments online. The company’s business accounts allow businesses to transfers funds worldwide to more than 130 countries in 31 currencies, at a cost of 0.4% to 1.0% above the interbank FX rate. Airwallex’s business accounts connect seamlessly with online stores such as eBay, Shopify, and PayPal, as well as with accounting packages like Xero, and enable firms to issue virtual “borderless” payment cards to their employees.

Airwallex’s funding comes as the company reports a 1.6x year-over-year revenue increase for Q3, along with annualized revenue of more than $100 million. Launching its virtual employee cards in Hong Kong and the U.K. this past quarter, Airwallex also secured licenses to operate in both Singapore and Malaysia.

“Receiving this approval reflects our robust policies, compliance framework and risk management systems we have put in place,” Zhang said when Airwallex received its Major Payment Institution License by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) earlier this month. “We will continue to work closely with regulators and partners to ensure we facilitate a safe, effective, and transparent way to manage their cross-border financial transaction needs.”

Founded in 2015, Airwallex has recently announced partnerships with Australian digital brokerage company Stake and travel lifestyle brand Cathay. In October, the company was named to the 2021 CB Insights Fintech 250 list for the fourth consecutive year.

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