Snapchat Valued at $18 Billion in Funding Round

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  • Messaging startup closed a round totaling $1.8 billion
  • Company said to generate $59 million in 2015 revenue

Is Snapchat Really Worth $18 Billion?

Snapchat Inc., an app for sending disappearing messages, was valued at $18 billion after its latest round of funding, said a person familiar with the matter. The financing pads the startup’s war chest as it attempts to evolve from a teen phenomenon into a mainstream media platform.

The funding round totaled $1.8 billion, according to a regulatory filing on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount includes about $650 million raised last year and an additional $1.2 billion this year, said the person, who asked not to be named because the details are private.

More investors are looking for a piece of Snapchat as the company develops its business. The Venice, California, startup relies on advertising to users who watch videos compiled by its staff and those from media brands. Snapchat generated revenue of $59 million last year, and the company projects that number to rise more than fourfold this year, said the person familiar with the matter.

Snapchat opened its funding round last year by selling shares valuing the company at $16 billion, Bloomberg reported at the time. Investors in the round include Fidelity Investments, General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, the person said. Mary Ritti, a spokeswoman for Snapchat, declined to comment. TechCrunch earlier reported details of the fundraising.

— With assistance by Eric Newcomer, and Lizette Chapman

(Updates with when the funding round started in the last paragraph.)
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