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Israeli unicorn Riskified heading to Wall Street

Israeli unicorn Riskified heading to Wall Street

The online payments fraud prevention company filed a registration statement with the SEC after already reaching a $1 billion valuation in 2019

Sophie Shulman | 17:41  02.07.2021

Tel Aviv-based online payments fraud prevention company Riskified is heading to Wall Street, announcing on Thursday that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering. Riskified intends to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “RSKD”, although didn't reveal at what price it intends to do so and what the company's valuation will be. However, Riskified is likely to be targeting a valuation of several billions of dollars after already reaching unicorn status when it completed a $165 million funding round in November 2019.

The company, which works with retailers like Macy's and Wayfair, generated revenue of $169.7 million in 2020, up from $130.6 million in 2019. During the first quarter of 2021, revenue climbed 54% to $51.1 million. Riskified generated a net loss of $11.3 million in 2020, whereas it posted a loss of $14.2 million a year prior.

Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Credit Suisse are acting as the lead book runners for the proposed offering.
Riskified managment. Photo: Amit Shaal Riskified managment. Photo: Amit Shaal Riskified managment. Photo: Amit Shaal

Founded in 2013 by CEO Eido Gal and CTO Assaf Feldman, Riskified’s products for online retailers utilize machine learning algorithms and user behavioral analytics to prevent account takeover, monitor payments, and detect fraudulent transactions. The company has raised $229 million to date.

The company has around 650 employees across three locations - Tel Aviv, New York City, and Shanghai. Tel Aviv is home to Riskified’s R&D Center with over 150 engineers and data scientists.

Riskified's most recent round was led by New York-based General Atlantic. Minneapolis-based Winslow Capital participated in the round, as did existing investors Qumra Capital, Entrée Capital, and Pitango Growth.

Riskified was ranked first in Calcalist's 2019 annual list of most promising startups.

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