Ant Financial Raises $14 Billion in Latest Round of Funding

Ant Financial Services Group, the operator of China’s largest online payment platform, informed on Friday that it had raised around $14 billion from investors, including Singapore’s sovereign fund and U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLLC.

The capital should boost the firm’s financial firepower ahead of a widely expected initial public offering (IPO), though Ant Financial has neither publicly set a timetable nor chosen a likely stock exchange.

In a statement, Ant Financial listed Singaporean sovereign fund GIC Pte Ltd and state investor Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd as participAnt Financials in the financing round.


ANT Financial Raises $10 Billion in Latest Funding Round: Report

Ant Financial did not release details of the firm’s valuation following the round, but Reuters reported earlier that it was expected to be valued at around $150 billion, making it one of the most valuable financial companies in the world.

The funding includes both U.S. dollar and Chinese yuan tranches, with the dollar share widely expected to make up the majority.

Ant Financial said the funds would be used to speed up globalization plans for its Alipay payment platform and to invest in developing technologies.

“Now, with the help of our partners, we are going to accelerate our strategy,” Ant Financial Chief Executive Eric Jing said in a statement.

Ant Financial, spun off from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) before the e-commerce firm’s 2014 public listing, provides a range of financial services including payment and credit services, wealth management products and micro-loans.

The company has expanded its overseas services aggressively ahead of the expected IPO, with targeted efforts in India and Southeast Asia.

The firm has since begun to shift efforts away from consumer finance to focus on technology services amid increased scrutiny of financial risk by Chinese regulators