China’s JD.com finance arm raises $1b from Sequoia, others

Employees work at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China’s largest online direct sales firm, JD.com, said on Saturday it will raise 6.65 billion yuan ($1 billion) for its JD Finance subsidiary from investors including Sequoia Capital China, China Harvest Investments and China Taiping Insurance.

The financing values JD Finance at 46.65 billion yuan on a fully-diluted, post-investment basis.

Following the financing, JD.com will maintain majority ownership in JD Finance, a company news release said.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

“During this phase of rapid development, we will benefit from the operating expertise that world-class financial institutions bring,” said a spokesman for JD.com.

“We will continue to evaluate all options [for future additional financing] but plan to maintain a majority ownership in any eventuality.”

Internet finance and online payments have expanded rapidly in China over the past year, and the internet finance arm of JD.com’s rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has also sought additional funding.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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