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Fintech Varo reportedly seeks funding at lower valuation

Feb 27, 2023
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Varo, a rare neobank with a national charter, is looking to raise $50 million in a round that values it 28% below its last funding deal, according to Fintech Business Weekly.

Why it matters: As Fintech Business Weekly notes, the proposed down round is considerably less steep than the stock drops of its publicly traded peers.

Details: Varo is looking to raise $50 million at about a $1.9 billion valuation, down from $2.5 billion in mid-2021.

  • Warburg Pincus has already committed to invest $25 million into the round. The private equity giant will also receive "penny warrants" that will come with a 25% coverage ratio on its investments.
  • That agreement was made in January.

Varo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Context: This all comes as shares of MoneyLion are down 92% since September 2021 — when Varo announced its last funding round. SoFi, which also has a charter, is down about 57%.

  • Banking fintechs that have gone public since 2021 were down about 61% on average, according to F-Prime Capital.
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