Tiger Global Management is killing it right now – TechCrunch
It took some time, but roughly a decade after Tiger Global Management bet on two separate companies, it’s wringing paydays out of both this week.
In one of its biggest wins to date, the secretive, 16-year-old, New York-based hedge fund is reportedly set to make roughly $3 billion off the sale of the India-based e-commerce juggernaut Flipkart, which is selling a majority stake in its business to Walmart for a whopping $16 billion.
Part of that stake includes three-quarters of the roughly 20 percent of Flipkart that Tiger had come to own since writing its first, $9 million, check to the company back in 2009.
In a lesser but apparent win, Tiger should also see a return on its investment in Glassdoor, the jobs and salary website that announced yesterday it is being acquired by the Japanese human resources company Recruit Holdings for $1.2 billion in cash.
Tiger had led the company’s $50 million Series E back in late 2013 when Glassdoor was still very much expected to go public. Earlier venture backers like Sutter Hill Ventures and Benchmark will see bigger returns as they bought in at the A round when Glassdoor’s valuation was just beginning to ramp up. Still, it’s probably safe to assume that Tiger made at least a little something. One clue is that in 2016, during its Series H round, Glassdoor was assigned a post-money valuation of $1 billion, presumably more than they were worth when Tiger bought in more than two years earlier.
And that’s saying nothing of Spotify’s unconventional IPO. Tiger has long been among the streaming company’s biggest shareholders, and that’s another bet that’s poised to pay off. To wit, Tiger owned 7.2 percent of the company at the time of its first day of trading in April. That stake’s value? A healthy $1.9 billion as of last month. (It doesn’t seem to be rushing to sell its shares, either, unlike some of Spotify’s major record label shareholders.)
You can bet these wins will go a long way with investors, who are probably in the process of committing a lot of money to Tiger Global’s newest megafund. Why we think there’s one in the works: the outfit registered its last giant fund — a $2.5 billion vehicle — with the SEC a little less than 2.5 years ago. Not only has it become standard for venture units to raise new funds every couple of years, roughly, but Tiger puts its capital to work. Indeed, though Tiger Global has seemingly slowed down slightly from some furious deal-making in 2015 when it invested $1 billion across more than 50 companies — it went on to report negative returns in 2016 — the outfit remains active.
Just last month, Green Bits, a four-year-old, San Jose, Ca.-based maker of point-of-sale software for cannabis retailers announced $17 million in Series A funding led by Tiger. It also recently wrote a check to Chargebee, a seven-year-old, Walnut, Ca.-based maker of SaaS subscription management and recurring billing software that closed on $18 million in Series C funding in March. In keeping with its longtime tradition, Tiger has also continued to invest in companies in India and other developing countries, participating earlier this year in a $51 million Series D funding for NestAway, a nearly four-year-old, Bengaluru, India-based home rental startup.
Altogether, Tiger Global has made more than 200 investments in 30 countries, according to Bloomberg. As for its Flipkart deal, the firm is presumably celebrating it today. The return on that investment will now be among the largest that the group’s $11 billion venture unit has seen, reports the outlet.