The news: Qonto, a French neobank that caters to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is in discussions to raise about €400 million ($456.1 million) at a valuation of up to €4.4 billion ($5.02 billion), per Insider. The amount it’s raising and the valuation could still change before a round is finalized.
More on this: The challenger would get a five-fold valuation jump if the round goes through at its current terms—its previous amount came in January 2020 when it reached €811 million ($924.7 million).
Qonto, which operates in multiple European countries and has around 200,000 customers, was set to land an approximately €3 billion ($3.42 billion) valuation. However, US hedge fund Tiger Global’s entry into the mix as a prospective investor drove up the amount.
An overview: The company targets SMBs and freelancers by offering three types of paid accounts with monthly fees:
Smart and Premium customers get added features, such as:
Every tier has unlimited account statements, plus country-specific IBANs for France, Spain, Germany, and Italy.
The big takeaway: The potential terms of Qonto’s new round—particularly given Tiger Global’s bullish outlook increasing the valuation—is a new sign of investors’ confidence in SMB neobanking as a lucrative market.
If the funding comes through, it would mark the latest milestone for the space within the past year in Europe. Recent examples of funding—and performance success—include: