The US-based fintech’s latest round gives it a valuation of $2 billion. It was previously reported the fintech was in the process of raising $150 million in March in an oversubscribed round, which was later extended, per TechCrunch. The startup gives software as a service (SaaS) companies instant access to their annual cash flows by analyzing the value of their monthly or quarterly subscription revenues. Institutional investors then fund the capital, and Pipe charges parties on both sides of the transaction a fixed trading fee of up to 1%.
Pipe has seen strong growth since publicly launching last June and has successfully expanded its target audience.
The latest round is part of a bigger trend: Fintech funding is booming, and mega-rounds are taking over. Pipe being valued at $2 billion in less than a year speaks for itself, and it isn’t the only fintech that scored high funding rounds and big valuations recently. Q1 2021 was a record-breaking quarter for fintechs: They raised $22.78 billion, a nearly 100% year-over-year (YoY) increase, per CB Insights. Moreover, there were 57 mega-rounds in Q1 2021—a 180% YoY increase—making up 69% of total funding. Fintechs like Pipe may have especially attractive business models—by 2022, 53% of all software revenues will be generated from subscription models, and Pipe’s European counterpart Uncapped also raised $80 million earlier this week.