The valuation of CRED has jumped from $800M during its Series C round of funding in January 2020 to $2.2B in April 2021.
CRED, the Bengaluru-headquartered fintech startup founded by Kunal Shah, has turned into a unicorn following the closure of its Series D funding at $215 million, with a post-money valuation of $2.2 billion.
CRED had last announced its Series C funding round of $86 million in January 2020, with a valuation of $800 million. Now, with this latest round of funding, the fintech startup has closed to tripled its valuation.
The Series D round was led by a new investor — Falcon Edge Capital — along with existing investor Coatue Management. It also said Insight Partners joins its cap table.
CRED's existing investors — DST Global, RTP Global, Tiger Global, Greenoaks Capital, Dragoneer Investment Group, and Sofina also participated in this round.
Following this funding round, CRED will use this capital for ESOP buybacks with a cumulative value of $5 million. In the Series C funding round that took place in January 2020, the startup had announced a similar programme worth $1.2 million.
On the latest development, CRED Founder Kunal Shah said, “With the credit card category in India expanding rapidly, we have a massive opportunity to shape responsible behaviour, imagine new use cases, and create a rewarding platform for members. Our growth in the past year has demonstrated the potential value of the high-trust, low-friction platform the CRED team has been building”
The entry of CRED into the unicorn club – private companies with a valuation of $1 billion and above – makes it the sixth such startup from India for this year.
Before CRED, 2021 had seen five new unicorns till now: Digit Insurance, InnovAccer, Infra.market, Five Star Finance, and Meesho.