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Airbnb may not be through with the private markets after all.
Driving the news: CNBC reports that the room rental giant is fielding investment offers from large investment firms, although pricing remains unclear.
2020 was supposed to be the year that Airbnb went public, either through an IPO or a direct listing (or a combination of the two). But there already was talk before the coronavirus crisis that the company was hedging a bit on timing, and right now there's no way any company — let alone a hospitality company — can successfully run a large float process (even via Zoom).
The bottom line: Dealmaking remains active, including for very well-known names. Just not the deals we were expecting to see.
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Apollo Global Management has bought between 25% and 50% of a $2 billion, asset-backed loan made last week to United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAL), in order to help increase company liquidity.
Today's project for your new homeschoolers: Write a haiku about what it's like to be spending all your time at home. Reminder, the syllable count goes 5-7-5. E kicks us off:
Reading in my bed
With an exciting new book.
Going to finish it.
Send me what your kids come up with, by hitting reply or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
🎮 Scopely, a Los Angeles-based mobile gaming company, raised $200 million in new Series D funding (round total now $400m) from firms like Advance and The Chernin Group. http://axios.link/fgN2
• Mya Systems, a San Francisco-based hiring chatbot, raised $18.75 million in Series C funding. Notion Capital led, and was joined by Workday Ventures and return backers Foundation Capital and Emergence Capital. www.hiremya.com
• Quantum Machines, an Israeli developer of hardware and software for operating quantum computers, raised $17.5 million in Series A funding from Avigdor Willenz, Harel Insurance investments, TLV Partners, and Battery Ventures. http://axios.link/ScOz
• Honorlock, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based online test proctoring service, raised $11.5 million in Series A funding led by Defy. http://axios.link/M4Gp
🚑 Quit Genius, a San Francisco-based provider of digital therapeutics for addiction, raised $11 million in Series A funding. Octopus Ventures led, and was joined by YC, Startup Health, Triple Point Ventures, Serena Ventures, and Venus Williams. http://axios.link/RmjQ
• Chilibeli, an Indonesian social commerce platform for agriculture, raised $10 million. Lightspeed Ventures led, and was joined by Golden Gate Venture, Sequoia Surge, Kinesys Group, and Alto Partners. http://axios.link/iFkt
• Hi Marley, a Boston-based client communications platform for insurers, raised $8 million in second-round funding, per an SEC filing. Existing backers include True Ventures and Underscore VC. www.himarley.com
• Oddbox, a London-based produce delivery startup, raised £3 million led by VCT Funds. http://axios.link/Pl6c
🚑 Dragonfly Therapeutics, a Waltham, Mass.-based immune-oncology company, raised an undisclosed amount of new funding led by Fidelity. http://axios.link/WEwn
• Yuanfudao, a Beijing-based online tutoring platform, is nearing a new funding round at a $7.5 billion valuation, co-led by Hillhouse Capital and return backer Tencent, per Reuters. http://axios.link/Tdic
⛽ KKR, BlackRock and Italy’s Snam SpA are among first-round bidders for a stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.’s natural gas pipelines, which could fetch around $15 billion, per Bloomberg. http://axios.link/7vYq
• MPE Partners acquired Teel Plastics, a Baraboo, Wis.-based manufacturer of highly engineered and complex plastic components. www.teel.com
• North (fka Thalmic Labs), a Canadian AR wearables company that’s raised nearly US$300 million in VC funding, is seeking a buyer as cash runs low, per Bloomberg. Backers include Intel Capital, Spark Capital, and Amazon Alexa Fund. http://axios.link/tYyX
• Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) bought Pondera Solutions, a Gold River, Calif.-based provider of fraud and abuse detection software for health care and government. Sellers include Serent Capital and Impact VC. http://axios.link/8Uf1
• Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is bidding on four supermarkets, including one in Brooklyn, owned by bankrupt Fairway Market, per the NY Post. http://axios.link/99ts
• Casino (Paris: CASP) agreed to sell 567 Leader Price supermarkets in France and three warehouses to German rival Aldi for €735 million. http://axios.link/KD2A
🚑 Danaher (NYSE: DHR) received U.S. antitrust approval for its $21.4 billion purchase of General Electric’s (NYSE: GE) biopharma business, and plans to close on the deal by March 31. As part of the approval, the companies will sell 10 products to Germany-based Sartorius. http://axios.link/e0Rt
• Dating.com Group launched a $50 million corporate venture fund. http://axios.link/XQPS
• J.C. Flowers, a financial services-focused private equity firm, is raising its fifth fund, per an SEC filing.
• Pitango Venture Capital, an Israeli VC firm, is raising its second growth equity fund, per an SEC filing.
• One Rock Capital Partners, a New York-based mid-market buyout firm, is raising its third fund, per an SEC filing.
• Tuesday Capital, a bi-coastal VC firm, promoted Prashant Fonseka to partner and David Jee to associate. www.tuesday.vc
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