Reuters – Snapchat has raised $175 million in fresh funding from Fidelity Investments and other investors, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The investment is an extension of Snapchat’s Series F financing round, which the company began raising last year, the person told Reuters.
Snapchat, which makes a free app for sending messages and videos that disappear in seconds, raised the financing at the same $16 billion valuation it had a year ago, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Fidelity bought shares of the company at $30.72 per share in February, the same price at which it bought Snapchat shares in March 2015, the newspaper reported.
The “flat round,” in which a company’s valuation does not grow despite an influx of new money, suggests Snapchat’s valuation may have grown too quickly and investors are now readjusting their expectations.
Still, at $16 billion, Snapchat is the sixth mostly highly valued venture-backed company in the world, tied with Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Kuaidi.
The app provider has worked to expand its fledgling advertising enterprise – its only real form of income – and final month formed a partnership with Viacom, which gave Viacom exclusive rights to sell marketing about Snapchat’s content material.