Chinese insurtech firm raises $230 million in latest funding round

Chinese insurtech firm raises $230 million in latest funding round | Insurance Business Asia

Chinese insurtech firm raises $230 million in latest funding round

Waterdrop Inc., an insurance technology firm based in China, has raised US$230 million in its latest funding round, which was led by Swiss Re and Tencent Holdings.

IDG Capital and Wisdom Choice Global Fund, which are among Waterdrop’s existing investors, also participated in the funding round.

A report by Reuters, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, said that Waterdrop is valued at around US$2 billion, and that Swiss Re invested US$100 million in the firm.

The reinsurance giant said that the move was part of it long-term commitment to the Chinese market, but it did not confirm the amount that it invested.

Meanwhile, the funding round comes ahead of Waterdrop’s plan for a US initial public offering, the report said. Waterdrop has tapped Bank of America and Goldman Sachs as advisers for the listing, which could happen before the year ends.

Waterdrop was founded in 2016 and distributes insurance through its Waterdrop Insurance Mall platform. It also operates crowdfunding and mutual funds investment platforms. It has 120 million customers and reported written premiums of US$865 million for the first half of 2020.