Telegram raised about $210 million via bond gross sales this week from a lot of traders, together with its founder and chief govt Pavel Durov.
The messaging app, utilized by over 800 million customers every month, raised the capital by issuing bonds value $270 million. “As a result of rates of interest have gone up considerably since 2021, the bonds have a unique problem worth,” an organization govt informed TechCrunch.
Telegram continues to be not worthwhile and the brand new financing is aimed toward taking it nearer to the “break-even” level, stated Durov, claiming that his app was “nearer to profitability in absolute numbers” than rivals together with Twitter and Snap.
A set of “well-known funds with stellar reputations” bought the bonds, Durov stated with out figuring out them. An organization spokesperson informed TechCrunch that these backers are “extremely subtle international funds who specialize in bonds.”
“I personally purchased a couple of quarter of the brand new Telegram bonds, investing tens of thousands and thousands into Telegram’s development. This comes along with the tons of of thousands and thousands I spent during the last 10 years to maintain Telegram operational,” Durov added.
The app is including over 2.5 million customers every day, he added. Durov additionally stated that he owns some Bitcoin and Toncoin, a token loosely linked with the messaging app.
The brand new funding follows Telegram elevating over $1 billion in debt financing by promoting 5-year pre-IPO convertible bonds greater than two years in the past. TechCrunch has reached out to Telegram for extra data.
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