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Warburg Seen Cutting Ant Valuation By 15% to Below $200bn

Warburg, which was a big investor in Ant’s 2018 private fundraising, reportedly lowered the company’s valuation to $191 billion at end-September from the $224 billion at end-June


A man walks past an Ant Group logo at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai in July. Photo: Reuters.

 

US private equity firm Warburg Pincus, a major global investor in Ant Group, has cut its valuation of the Chinese fintech company by 15% to below $200 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

There are also no signs that Ant’s botched initial public offering (IPO) will be revived anytime soon, sources familiar with the matter said.

Warburg, which was a big investor in Ant’s 2018 private fundraising, lowered the company’s valuation to $191 billion at end-September from the $224 billion at end-June, the first source said.

The private equity firm’s valuation of Ant, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, is far short of the $315 billion touted a year ago during its IPO, which would have been the world’s largest if it were not derailed at the last minute.

The slashing of Ant’s valuation by Warburg comes as uncertainty remains about the outcome of a regulatory-driven revamp of the payments-to-loans business behemoth, and will weigh on the returns of the global investors who were betting on its turbo-charged growth.

Warburg also changed its valuation methodology for the company, citing “regulatory developments and the impact of ongoing restructuring”, said the source, without elaborating.

Ant and Warburg declined to comment. The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to media.

 

• Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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