Robinhood sees growth rocket

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Robinhood's growth rockets, with help from dogecoin
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Robinhood has filed IPO documents showing steep growth in crypto trading and a heavy reliance on order-flow payments.
  • The stock-trading app maker lost $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021, and revenue grew 309% year-over-year to $522 million. The large loss was due to a $1.5 billion fair-value adjustment to convertible notes and warrants that were used to raise emergency funding during the GameStop saga.

  • Payment for order flow, the controversial practice of selling trade orders to market makers, and similar practices accounted for 81% of Robinhood's revenue in Q1. Options trading alone brought in nearly $198 million.

  • Cryptocurrencies represented 14% of the assets held by clients, or $11.6 billion as of March 31. Revenue from the segment rocketed from 4% to 17% between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021. More than a third of that cryptocurrency revenue came from dogecoin trading.

  • Monthly active users stood at 17.7 million in Q1, more than double the number for the same period last year. Those customers will have a shot at buying into the offering: Robinhood is reserving 20% to 35% of its IPO shares for retail customers.
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Exploring a surging buyouts market
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Over the past few years, private equity investors have struggled to find bargains as buyout multiples continue to rise. And a few industries in particular have seen prices skyrocket during the COVID-19 pandemic, with others taking a hit.

Our latest analyst note breaks down how pricing multiples vary by sector. Among the takeaways:
  • To win auctions in the IT, B2C and healthcare sectors, investors have offered buyout multiples north of 20 times. But that trend may be short-lived if interest rates eventually jump across Europe and the US due to inflationary pressures.

  • In the past decade, buyout multiples in the healthcare sector have jumped around 50%, with healthcare tech companies surging in value during the pandemic due to the rise of telemedicine.

  • IT continues to remain the most expensive industry to invest in when measured by buyout multiples, with the median EV/EBITDA multiple peaking last year at around 20x.
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SoftBank funnels $200M into Latin American crypto exchange
SoftBank's Latin America Fund has invested $200 million in Mercado Bitcoin, the São Paolo-based developer of a cryptocurrency exchange platform. The Series B values 2TM Group, Mercado Bitcoin's parent company, at $2.1 billion. The startup raised a Series A in January.
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Edtech startup Paper books $100M
Paper has raised a $100 million Series C led by IVP. The Montreal-based company is the developer of a personalized tutoring platform for K-12 students across the US and Canada. Paper provides homework help, writing feedback and study support in four languages across 200-plus academic subjects. IVP general partner Tom Loverro has joined the company's board.
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Karat Financial banks $26M
Karat Financial, the Los Angeles-based developer of a banking system for the creator economy, has raised $15 million in debt financing and $11 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Union Square Ventures, with support from GGV Capital, SignalFire and several angel investors. Karat, which was co-founded by a former Instagram product manager, targets creators, influencers and other freelancers—many of whom earn more than six figures a year but are denied credit and access to traditional financial services.
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Osmind secures $15M Series A for neuropsych platform
Osmind, a developer of digital infrastructure for neuropsychiatry clinicians and researchers, has raised $15 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Future Ventures and joined by other investors including General Catalyst, Tiger Global, Offline Ventures, and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures. The funding will be used to further develop and expand Osmind's electronic health record and research platform.
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