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Flipkart gets new investor after US roadshow, to raise $600 million

By Digbijay Mishra
April 10, 2015 14:39 IST
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FlipkartThe recent trip of Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal for a roadshow to garner fresh funds seems to have paid off.

According to sources, the company is on the verge of closing fresh funds to the tune of $600 million (Rs 3,600 crore) in the coming weeks.

The recent Flipkart roadshow in the US was aimed at getting a fresh investor for the new funding, sources said.

While Tiger Global and Qatar Investment Authority are likely to be part of the next round of funding, the roadshow has yielded a fresh investor as well for Flipkart.

The identity of the new investor could not be ascertained.

When contacted, a Flipkart spokesperson refused to comment.

The fresh funds are set to propel the Bengaluru-based company’s valuation to as much as $14 billion.

Founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in 2007, Flipkart has been on a fund-raising spree of late, resulting in the highest valuation among major e-commerce companies in India.

It raised money thrice during 2014. In December last year, it raised $700 million (Rs 4,900 crore) in fresh investment from existing as well as new investors.

In May, it had raised $210 million (Rs 1,200 crore), which was followed by a funding of $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore) in July 2014 -- the biggest one-time funding in Indian e-commerce history.

After this, Jeff Bezos-led Amazon announced it would invest $2 billion in India.

Disclaimer: also has an e-commerce business which competes in some areas with Flipkart

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