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Mobile banking startup Chime raising big funding round

Chime mobile banking logo on a smartphone.
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San Francisco-based mobile challenger bank Chime is closing in on a new round of funding at a valuation north of $5 billion, per multiple sources.

Why it matters: This would be a major step up for Chime, which in March raised $200 million in Series D funding at a $1.5 billion post-money valuation.

The bull case is that Chime puts a software layer on top of FDIC-insured accounts, and it benefits from SaaS-like recurring revenue with low churn (both due to the consistent usage of debit cards).

The bear case is that the public markets could value Chime like a bank, not like a software business.

A Chime spokeswoman declined comment.