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China’s Tencent Buys Stake in UK Digital Bank Monzo

Funding comes just weeks after Monzo fetched a valuation of $4.5 billion


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Tencent holds stakes in major US tech companies, including electric-car maker Tesla Inc and photo-messaging app maker Snap Inc. Photo: Tingshu Wang, Reuters.

 

Chinese gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd has taken a small stake in Britain’s Monzo as part of a fundraising, the digital bank said on Friday, just weeks after it fetched a valuation of $4.5 billion.

Monzo did not disclose details of Tencent’s stake, but Sky News earlier on Friday reported that the Chinese firm was investing a minority of a $100 million capital injection, citing a source close to the process.

Tencent did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Founded in 2015, Monzo is a high-profile neobank with more than 5 million customers but has struggled to turn a profit, with annual losses widening last year as it disclosed it was facing a potential civil and criminal money laundering probe.

Earlier this month, Monzo received funding from investors such as Abu Dhabi Growth Fund and Coatue.

Tencent holds stakes in major US tech companies, including electric-car maker Tesla Inc and photo-messaging app maker Snap Inc.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Kevin Hamlin

 

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Kevin Hamlin

Kevin Hamlin is a financial journalist with more than 40 years of experience covering Asia. Before joining Asia Financial, Kevin worked for Bloomberg News, spending 12 years as Senior China Economy Reporter in Beijing. Prior to that, he was Asia Bureau Chief of Institutional Investor for ten years.

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