Xero gets investor capital infusion

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Xero gets investor capital infusion
Xero founder Rod Drury.

Issues more shares.

Accounting software-as-a-service maker Xero has raised further capital from two investors, Valar Ventures and Matrix Capital Management.

The investment comprises NZ$58 million ($46 million) from Matrix and NZ$24 million ($19 million) from the Peter Thiel-backed Valar.

Of the money, NZ$60 million ($47.5 million) is in cash and NZ$22 million ($17.5 million) was raised through Xero director Craig Winkler selling down his shareholding from 19.5 percent to 15.7 percent.

Xero chief executive and founder Rod Drury also sold down his shareholding from 21 percent to 18.5 percent, and co-founder Hamish Edward from 5.7 percent to 4.9 percent; shares were sold at NZ$6 each ($4.73).

Drury said on the Xero blog that "It’s a huge endorsement for what we’re doing and the great work our team continues to do."  

"We’re just at the beginning of the business SaaS market and we have the resources to keep our foot on the throttle."

He later told iTnews: "We have as much capital as we need for current plans. We could have raised more but the board feels we have enough."

Xero is listed on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges, and also issued (pdf) today a further ten million shares at NZ$6 to Matrix Capital Management funds LP and II and VV Xero Holdings LLC.

Founded in New Zealand, Xero has branched out in the English-speaking world and currently has 300 employees with a a market capitalisation of NZ$715 million ($564 million).

In July this year, Xero announced it had reached 100,000 paying customers and full year 2012 revenue of NZ$19 million ($15 million). About 32,500 of the customers are in Australia.

The company lost NZ$7 million ($5.5 million) in the first half year to September 2012 and expects this to increase for the second half, ending March 2013.

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