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Vietnam e-wallet MoMo raises around US$100m, eyes IPO


VIETNAM'S biggest e-wallet company MoMo has raised at least US$100 million from six global investors, including Warburg Pincus, as part of plans to become a "super-app" and go public by 2025, the company and a source said on Wednesday.

Financial technology, an attractive investment area in the country of nearly 98 million people, has gained more traction during the Covid-19 pandemic, with retail moving online and consumers looking for more contactless payment options.

"The amount was not disclosed due to our strict agreement with investors but this deal size is somewhat bigger than our previous fundraising of US$100 million," Pham Thanh Duc, MoMo CEO, told Reuters. "We hope to go public in the 2021-2025 period, possibly in 2025. For us, IPO is a must," Mr Duc said of the prospect of an initial public offering, adding it was too early to discuss on which bourse MoMo might list.

A source familiar with the matter also told Reuters the e-wallet company had raised about US$100 million from the deal. The latest funding would support the growth of MoMo as an all-in-one smartphone application offering multiple services, which have proven successful in countries like China and Indonesia.

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Momo is Vietnam's largest e-wallet by users and aims to double those to 50 million in the next two years. It said the latest funding round was co-led by Warburg Pincus, its largest backer, and Goodwater Capital LLC. REUTERS

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