In March 2021, the Brazilian real estate startup Loft, raised $425 million at the end of its Series D funding round. The market value of the São Paulo business was $2.2 billion, making a great leap from $175 million in its Series C round that occurred in January of this year.
It became the tenth most valuable enterprise in the property industry beyond the USA and China. Dan Sundheim's D1 Capital Partners, the New York-based tycoon, has headed the fund round. D1 Capital has previously backed well-reputed companies such as Elon Musk's SpaceX and Instacart, a 39 billion dollar grocery delivery service in the United States. Certain big international investors such as Advent, DST Global, Silver Lake, Altimeter, and Tiger Global were present in this investment round.
Moreover, the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore, Canada Pension Plan Board, and other shareholders like Emerging Variant and Tarsadia Capital took part in the round. Loft earned a sizable sum, particularly when exchanged to Brazilian reais - more than 2.3 billion reais. The investment is larger than many companies' initial public offerings (IPOs) and represents the largest capital infusion ever obtained by a Brazilian venture. This is not the end of proptech's financing.
On 22nd April 2021, the Mate Pencz led business reported that the round was extended with the closure of an additional $100 million (or above) in the debt financing, valuing the firm at $2.9 billion. It shows that the three-year-old company's value has risen by $700 million in just a few weeks. The second round of series D was led by Baillie Gifford, with Tarsadia Capital, Caffeinated, Flight Deck, and many more. The creators of Better (Zach Frenkel), Sweetgreen, Kavak, Instacart, and GoPuff are among those who have invested in the add-on. Loft has experienced a ton of success in its quest to act as a "one-stop-shop" for Brazilians looking to purchase or market a house.
As per Mate's statement, the number of listings on the company's platform increased "10 to 15 times" in the previous year. Currently, the group actively manages over 13,000 property listings in around 130 areas across Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, working with over 30,000 agents. Not only are more people willing to transact online, but they are also more likely to buy rather than rent in the region.
The total gain has to be allocated in at least two objectives. A portion of it will improve the transactional software’s infrastructure, primarily in data processing. Additionally, Loft would make investments to improve the customer experience. Penz notes that the consumer has begun to demand a higher level of performance. And Loft will fulfill their wishes of being a market leader through a consistent and productive digital experience.
Founded by Pencz and Florian Hagenbuch, the business makes profits by reselling rental properties on the web. There are two types of businesses. One is to purchase, remodel, and sell the apartments directly. And the other forms on the marketplace model, in which Loft acts as a middleman, allowing third parties to sell assets via a website while earning a profit. The platform aims to bring Latin American real estate into the digital age by creating online substitutes to conventional legacy processes and incorporating data to establish clarity in highly transparent economies.
Loft has now secured $800 million in overall capital. The firm has been looking for new ways to generate sales for these years. With the acquisition of Uotel, later renamed Nomah, in July of last year, Loft took the first move into the rental industry. It has put $ 50 million into the project, which specializes in short and medium-term rentals.