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MONTRÉAL, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Wealthsimple Financial Corp. ("Wealthsimple"), a member of the Power Corporation Group of Companies, today announced it had raised $114 million on a pre-money valuation of $1.4 billion (the "Investment"). The Investment was led by TCV, one of the largest growth equity investors focused on technology, along with Greylock Partners, Meritech Capital, Allianz X and Two Sigma Ventures. Additional details of the Investment are disclosed in Wealthsimple's press release from earlier today at https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/wealthsimple-announces-cad-114-million-investment-led-by-tcv-to-transform-financial-services-in-canada-889996456.html.
As a result of the Investment, these investors acquire an ownership interest of 7.5% on a fully diluted basis. The purchase price associated with the Investment values the equity of Wealthsimple at $1.5 billion (versus a $1.4 billion pre-money valuation).
Wealthsimple is one of Canada's leading financial technology companies and operates one of the country's largest and fastest-growing digital investing services. Prior to the Investment, Power Corporation of Canada (TSX: POW) ("Power Corporation" or "PCC"), IGM Financial Inc. ("IGM Financial") and Great-West Lifeco Inc. (the "PCC Group") together had a controlling interest in Wealthsimple of 70.1%, on a fully diluted basis, of which PCC's interest is 26.2%. Since the initial investments in 2015, the PCC Group has invested $315 million. At a pre-money valuation of Wealthsimple of $1.4 billion, the PCC Group's investment has a fair value of $934 million. This increase in value of $619 million represents an internal rate of return of 44%, gross of fees, expenses and carried interest. With the closing of the Investment, the PCC Group now has an ownership interest in Wealthsimple of 61.7% on a fully diluted basis, of which PCC's interest is 23.1%.
Today, IGM Financial also announced the change in its ownership interest in Wealthsimple. Prior to the Investment, IGM Financial held (directly and indirectly) an ownership interest of 41% in Wealthsimple, on a fully diluted basis, and following the Investment now holds 36%. IGM Financial has cumulatively invested $187 million in Wealthsimple. At June 30, 2020, this investment was recorded at a fair value of $252 million. With this Investment, IGM Financial will adjust this fair value assessment by $298 million to $550 million to reflect this revised valuation of Wealthsimple. Additional details are disclosed in IGM Financial's press release from earlier today at www.igmfinancial.com/en/news/2020.
Wealthsimple is a financial company on a mission to help everyone achieve financial freedom by providing products and advice that are accessible and affordable. Using smart technology, Wealthsimple takes financial services that are often confusing, opaque and expensive and makes them simple, transparent, and low-cost. The company was founded by a team of financial experts and technology entrepreneurs, and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. To learn more, visit www.wealthsimple.com.
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Power Corporation is an international management and holding company that focuses on financial services in North America, Europe and Asia. Its core holdings are leading insurance, retirement, wealth management and investment businesses, including a portfolio of alternative asset investment platforms. To learn more, visit www.PowerCorporation.com.
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