Prosper new $50m financing round will value the company at $550 million, down from around $1.9 billion (2015). At that price, the company’s common stock and employee stock awards combined were worth about $30 million.
Prosper, the second-largest online lending startup, is close to raising a new round of financing that will see its valuation cut by 70%, according to two people familiar with the matter. It is the latest sign of how the online lending industry has struggled after its rapid initial growth. The new financing round for around $50 million will value the company at $550 million, down from around $1.9 billion when it last raised equity financing in 2015. The new investor is based in China, multiple people said, though the name couldn’t be learned.