It took until 2019 for Checkout.com to raise funds from outside investors. It is now one among the world’s most valued startups.
In a recent share sale, the London-based digital-payments processor said it raised $1 billion, valuing it at $40 billion. Along with existing investors such as Insight Partners and Tiger Global Management, new investors such as Franklin Templeton and the Qatar Investment Authority joined.
Checkout.com’s valuation has risen 20 times since its first funding round in 2019, surpassing that of Instacart Inc. and all but a few other firms.
Checkout.com is an online money transfer service that grew in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Pousaz, the company’s payment volume tripled in 2020 and 2021, with clients including Netflix Inc. and Klarna Bank AB benefiting from increased demand for their services.
With the loosening of pandemic restrictions and the restoration to physical stores, however, internet sales have declined in recent months. According to research company MoffettNathanson, global e-commerce growth will slow to 18% in 2022 from 20% in 2021, resuming its pace from 2019. Checkout.com’s publicly traded competitors, such as Adyen NV and PayPal Holdings Inc, saw their shares drop as a result of this, as well as a general investor retreat from tech equities in anticipation of higher interest rates.
“It’s undeniable that there’s a lot of volatility in the market,” Mr. Pousaz said. “These are short-term factors. Everything we do at Checkout is for the long term.”
According to Deven Parekh, a managing director at Insight Partners and a member of Checkout.com’s board of directors, it can take time for startup investors to acclimate to changes in how tech businesses are valued in public markets. However, recent market declines have been brief, and Checkout.com still has room to gain market share from traditional banks and payment processors, he claims. Mr. Parekh stated, “I’m taking a five-year look.”
Checkout.com intends to spend a large portion of the additional funding to expand into the United States. Céline Dufétel, the chief financial officer of money management T. Rowe Price Group Inc., was hired to undertake the same job at Checkout.com last summer. Many of the firm’s top executives and investors have relocated to the United States.