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Tradeshift goes for alternative funding and appears to shelf planned IPO, for now

  • Tradeshift has today announced it had received a new round of funding amounting to $240 million in equity and debt.
  • The company plans to use the new capital to bolster overall growth and its other product lines including Tradeshift Pay and Tradeshift Go.
  • The firm’s CEO also confirmed that they are taking cost-cutting measures including laying off some staff in the San Francisco office ahead of its planned IPO.

Tradeshift has today announced it received a new round of funding amounting to $240 million in equity and debt. The near-quarter, a billion additional capital, was obtained from new and existing investors.

The firm, which made founded in 2008, set out to disrupt the conventional supply chain payments and marketplaces.

Tradeshift plans to use the money to bolster its growth, and set the firm to what it describes as “a direct path to profitability in the near future.”

The new round of funding will effectively cause a delay in the company’s planned IPO perhaps to “put its house in order” in the wake of bad tidings for tech firms since last year’s failed WeWork IPO, and dwindling fortunes for listed tech firms including Uber, Lyft, and Peloton. The market has since developed cold feet towards tech unicorns.

However, the firm seems to be coming from a position of relative strength when it comes to its financials. A recent statement by Tradeshift indicated that it had seen significant growth in its quarterly revenues, having registered a 60% growth in revenue throughout last year, and a whopping 250 closed deals. The statement further acknowledged that more than 40% of its cumulative transactions were realised in 2019.

The additional capital will also help fast-track growth in its other product lines, including Tradeshift Pay, a tool that was last year ranked the industry’s most robust ePayables SaaS solution by Ardent Partners.

Its other core product is Tradeshift Go, an app that allows employees to request access to their corporate cards without exposing a company’s card details. Tradeshift Go boasts of more than 200 new signings in 2019 alone.

The tech firm is also planning on monetising its trade finance proposition across a database of more than two million vendors.

“The additional funding we’ve secured is a testament to the belief the investor community has in our vision and our business model. As a network business, growth is always going to be a key part of our story. But it’s also important that we manage that growth responsibly,” Tradeshift CEO Mr Christian Lanng said in a statement. The fintech company is also planning to review operating costs downwards to align overheads with revenue ahead of its IPO. To that end, the firm will be cutting down its workforce budget in the San Francisco office and channel the resources to more affordable locations.

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Damian Wood
Damian Wood
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Comments

  • Avatar Thomas says:

    Tradeshift will never IPO. They’re in a death spiral. Christian is running the company into the ground. And you should be VERY skeptical of any of their claims on revenue growth, customers, etc. Again be VERY SKEPTICAL.

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